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2018 INFINITI QX30

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2018 INFINITI QX30 Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.8

The 2018 Infiniti QX30 luxury-crossover SUV may wear a Japanese badge, but its composition is far more international having been designed in conjunction with German auto giant Daimler and assembled in Great Britain. Sharing its engine, transmission and chassis with the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, the QX30 parts ways with its German cousin by offering a more opulent interior and lower base price. Infiniti has also done its own thing with the QX30’s suspension and engine tuning, making it more of a performance threat to SUVs like the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Lexus NX 200t. While you can find larger, more accommodating luxury-crossover SUVs in this segment, the 2018 Infiniti QX30’s blend of styling, features and price should hold sway over young urban up-and-comers.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a compact-crossover SUV with full-size luxury credentials, Infiniti’s 2018 QX30 should definitely make the cut. The turbocharged engine is both powerful and efficient, while Infiniti’s superb attention to detail is evident throughout the cabin.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want compact exterior dimensions but maximum interior space, you might find a BMW X1 or slightly larger Lincoln MKC a better fit. One might expect a luxury brand to offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but in the case of the 2018 QX30, one would be wrong.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
  • 9.1
  • 8.9
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#3

out of 13

Fuel Economy

#10

out of 15

Horsepower
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2018 INFINITI QX30 Low/wide front photo What's New for 2018

The 2018 Infiniti QX30 has no changes of note.

Driving the QX30
2018 INFINITI QX30 Front angle view photo
Driving Impressions

With unique chassis tuning, quicker steering ratios and a lower ride height, the 2018 Infiniti QX30 Sport beckons the type of enthusiast drivers who appreciate exact handling over blistering acceleration....

... The Luxury and Premium trims ride a bit softer and corner a bit less aggressively, but even with the added ground clearance found on the all-wheel-drive (AWD) models, we would never characterize the QX30’s handling as sloppy or vague. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine noted for its wide torque band and linear acceleration. We did find the QX30’s transmission a bit coarse at times, but the unit shifts when it should and always seems to hold the right gear for just the right amount of time. We disliked the rough ride caused by the car’s mandatory run-flat tires, and the wide C-pillars serve to create hefty blind spots.

SPINAL SUPPORT SEATS
Borrowing a page from Nissan’s “Zero Gravity” seat design, the 2018 Infiniti QX30’s standard bucket front seats distribute body weight evenly over the seat’s surface, helping to reduce downward pressure on the hip region, as well negate fatigue on long trips.

AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE
With Infiniti’s Technology Package, owners can load the 2018 QX30 with a number of active/passive driver assists including a 360-degree Around View Monitor, Intelligent Park Assist plus Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot and Lane Departure Warning and auto high-beam headlights.

2018 INFINITI QX30 Details
2018 INFINITI QX30 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

While not the largest in its segment, the 2018 Infiniti QX30’s well-appointed passenger compartment looks sharp and feels inviting thanks to the generous use of high-quality materials throughout, including Nappa leather and teak wood in several variants. Some switchgear carries from Mercedes, but the Infiniti-signature asymmetric dash design, InTouch infotainment with integrated central display, console-mounted controller and Spinal Support Seats that boast extra grip in Sport models are unique. The QX30’s decently scaled aft quarters will accommodate a pair of average-size adults, and lowering the fixed-rake backs on its 60/40 rear bench more than doubles the basic 19.2-cubic-foot cargo capacity.

Exterior
2018 INFINITI QX30 photo

The core design cues on Infiniti’s 2018 QX30 are classic new-gen Infiniti and reflect a contemporary take on the brand’s bold double-arch grille, highly sculpted bodywork, “crescent-cut” C-pillar and LED-infused lighting treatments -- which can be upgraded to full LED-spec across the lineup. Each of the three basic QX30 models also fine-tunes its individual character themes with unique front/rear fascia configurations, ride-height settings and 18-inch or 19-inch wheel/tire fitments with the Sport jettisoning the roof rails that are standard on other variants. AWD models gain SUV-style over-fenders that add a bit more substance to their stance.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A lengthy roster of standards expands as you roll through the QX30’s model hierarchy, but even the base version comes with a full array of power assists, dual-zone climate control, basic Infiniti InTouch with a 7.0-inch touch screen and a Rear View Monitor. Sport models net unique suspension tuning and upgraded seating as well as premium touches like navigation, Bose premium audio, Around View Monitor and a power moonroof, while the QX30 AWD gets its own chassis tweaks and puts the power to all four corners, while offering full Nappa leather trim and even more primo touches.

Optional Equipment

Most QX30 extras are model-specific. While the QX30 Base and Luxury have no options, the Premium grade can be fitted with a moonroof, navigation, LED lighting, wood cabin trim, roof rails, 19-inch wheels and a Technology Package, which features a full suite of driver assists as well as a Gallery White Theme Package with White Nappa Leather upholstery and bespoke trim accents. Sport-spec options include leather upholstery plus the LED and Technology Packages. Although the QX30 AWD Luxury is option-free, the Premium version can be had with moonroof, navigation, LED/Tech Packages and wood or a dedicated Café Teak interior trim group.

Under the Hood
2018 INFINITI QX30 Engine photo

Regardless of trim level or the number of driven wheels, all versions of the 2018 Infiniti QX30 share the same Daimler-sourced but Infiniti-tuned powertrain elements also found in the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250. While not the most powerful engine in its class, the QX30’s smooth and responsive turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder teams well with the paddle-shiftable 7-speed dual-clutch automatic to deliver spirited acceleration across a fairly wide rev range. A driver-selectable start/stop system further enhances fuel economy, netting 24/33-mpg city/highway EPA marks in front-wheel-drive (FWD) QX30s and 21/30 stats in AWD configuration.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
208 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,200-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/33 mpg (FWD), 21/30 mpg (AWD)

An attractive pricing schedule should serve the new Infiniti QX30 lineup well compared to its more costly competitors from Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. The impressively well-equipped base Infiniti QX30 opens at just under $31,000 while the Sport-spec version that also comes with primo features like navigation, Bose audio and a power moonroof commences closer to $39,500, but ticking all the option boxes can push either just beyond $43,000. The QX30 AWD starts around $35,500 although maxing out one of these range-toppers will take that number closer to $45,500. To make your best deal on a new 2018 Infiniti QX30 compact-luxury-crossover SUV, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price. Although the QX30 has only been on sale for one year, preliminary 5-year resale values show it slightly ahead of the BMW X1, but well behind the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, Lexus NX 200t and Audi Q3.

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