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2019 Lexus UX

Starting Price: $33,025 | Price Yours

Above Average: Standard safety features, hybrid option, Lexus quality and resale, fuel economy

Below Average: Cargo space, AWD only offered with hybrid and only works at speeds under 43 mph, tepid acceleration and performance, annoying touchpad controller

Consensus: A fuel-efficient small luxury commuter for people who don’t need a lot interior room, but desire the quality, style and status of a Lexus.

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2019 Infiniti QX30

Starting Price: $31,145 | Price Yours

Above Average: Styling, interior design, low price, Mercedes-Benz underpinnings

Below Average: Fuel economy, missing key features in this class like a power liftgate, no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, numerous rear blind spots

Consensus: A stylish, inexpensive small luxury SUV with average performance capabilities but missing some key features required in this class.

The 2019 Lexus UX is basically an entry-level crossover that offers buyers a foot in the Lexus door without breaking the bank. Not intended for off-road duty or rugged rural trails, the UX is more an urban dweller. Its tiny size makes it easy to maneuver in tight city confines, and its hybrid engine option returns a combined 39-mpg, a best-in-class bragging right. Where the UX falls short is in the area of performance, namely acceleration and cornering. Those looking for the sportiest ride possible should definitely step up to the UX F-Sport models. We’d also recommend going with the UX 250h hybrid over the UX 200 as it nets you more horsepower and all-wheel drive, but even then there’s a catch. The UX 250h’s AWD only works at speed up to 43 mph, after which the rear electric motors shut off leaving the front wheels to do all the work.

The 2019 Infiniti QX30 shares its platform with the Mercedes-Benz GLA, which is a pretty good place to start. Infiniti places its own stamp on the design, with seductive styling and a revised dash and seat design (although you can still spot various Mercedes-Benz bits and pieces throughout the cabin).  The QX30’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine moves this SUV with authority, but we found power delivery hesitant and were less than thrilled with the 7-speed automatic’s lack of refinement. The UX’s ride is much more enjoyable as the QX delivers a somewhat stiff ride that neither rewards with athleticism or comfort.

Passenger volume and cargo space are on the small side, even smaller than in the already small Lexus UX.

Lexus UX Advantages

The Lexus UX delivers a more comfortable ride, better fuel economy and the option of a hybrid engine. It also comes with more standard features such as power seats, and more standard driver assists such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. The UX will hold its value better than the QX, and it offers a bit more interior room as well as tighter turning circle.

Infiniti QX30 Advantages

The QX30 has more horsepower and torque than the Lexus UX, and all-wheel drive is available with the standard engine. The QX30 offers a panoramic sunroof, a slightly longer standard warranty, optional leather seating and has a lower base price than the UX, although to attain that price you forgo things like power seats and adaptive cruise control.

Similarities

Both cars can be equipped with advanced driver assists, are easily maneuverable in small spaces and offer sufficient levels of luxury as to make them standout. Both can be had with all-wheel drive, a premium audio system and upgraded connectivity features.

Final Recommendation

In the areas of fuel economy, engine choices, interior room, latest features and overall value, the gold medal goes to the Lexus UX. If the Infiniti QX just had a better drivetrain or sportier handling, we might be able to over look all its other shortcomings, but as that’s not the case, we think the UX is the better buy.

Ready to buy a compact luxury SUV? Find an Infiniti QX30 or Lexus UX on sale near you!

  2019 Lexus UX 2019 Infiniti QX30
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.0-liter I4 2.0-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 169 hp @ 6,600 rpm 208 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 151 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm 258 lb-ft @ 1,200-4,400 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic, 7-spd
Fuel Economy 33 mpg (29 city/37 hwy) 27 mpg (24 city/33 hwy)
Also Available hybrid, AWD AWD
Specs    
Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety n/a n/a
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 103.9 inches 106.3 inches
Overall Length 177.0 inches 174.2 inches
Width 72.4 inches 71.0 inches
Height 59.8 inches 58.9 inches
Turning Diameter 34.2 feet 37.3 feet
Headroom, Front 37.2 inches 38.4 inches
Headroom, Rear 36.3 inches 37.5 inches
Legroom, Front 42.1 inches 41.3 inches
Legroom, Rear 33.1 inches 33.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.1 inches 54.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 52.9 inches 53.1 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 90.4 cu. ft. 88.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 21.7 cu. ft. 19.2 cu. ft.
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