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dub
June 29, 2019
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Layne
J.D. Power
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March 22, 2019
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The 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 is a sharp little crossover. It’s really fun to drive with plenty of pep. It gets great gas mileage and has a sleek exterior. It is really small, and the interior is tight. That’s not a problem for me because there is rarely more than two in my car. My biggest con is the interior fabric. Yes, fabric in an Infiniti. The center of all 4 seating surfaces is a “tech” cloth trimmed out in leather. I am currently getting estimates from auto upholstery companies on the cost of putting leather in my QX30 Luxe. One other factor that is disappointing is that INFINITI has discontinued this model. I’m sure that will hurt resale value of the QX30, but because of this fact, there are great deals on existing new QX30 inventory.
victoria
J.D. Power
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March 16, 2019
3,500 miles
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Owned 5 months
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it drive very smooth. and its fast...it has very good view. I like the comfort of my seat settings. I love the over all looks.
Christian D
J.D. Power
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February 23, 2019
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Owned 8 months
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Handling and acceleration are great and superior to other vehicles of its class. Mileage is truly incredible for the versatility of the vehicle.
Kathy
J.D. Power
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February 12, 2019
8,000 miles
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Owned 10 months
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The car handles very well. I like the ignition shut off when at a stop light. Great gas mileage and like the all wheel drive. Handles very well in winter weather conditions. Sleek exterior.
Lee Ann
J.D. Power
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February 12, 2019
8,200 miles
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Owned 8 months
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Purchased this car for two main reasons. Number 1: the interior is totally Mercedes, looks exactly like the GLA250 interior and Number 2: the color. Got the liquid copper and love it! But unfortunately that's about where the love stops. Discovered about a month after purchasing the car that the rear back hatch left side had crushed the wiring harness and Infiniti refused to repair/replace it. Said the entire car would have to be dismantled and the cost was over $10K. Plus they said there weren't any wires located inside that area of the harness that were "important." Have had intermittent problems with the back-up camera. Infiniti is aware this is model wide problem but has not come up with a solution for fixing it. The exterior paint was not applied evenly. Discovered this when I kept finding tiny flaws in the paint that I was having to pay to have repaired. Finally took the car to an independent car paint shop and had the paint thickness measured. The numbers went anywhere from 6 to 22. Seems like the parts were painting separately and then the body was assembled. The interior isn't as roomy as I initially thought. Hard to see around the rear pillars and through the back windows. Doesn't have as much "get up and go" as I first thought. Almost seems sluggish at times and the transmission isn't as smooth as it should be.
Anonymous
J.D. Power
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February 12, 2019
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Good vehicle and easy to drive ..i am having fun upon driving my vehicle.good quality of interior a very inteicate design on the outside....
Yuma
July 18, 2018
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Warren
J.D. Power
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August 22, 2017
3,000 miles
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Owned 5 months
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Excellent interior style and handling! I would recommend a test drive. A good balance between luxury and performance.
2018 INFINITI 1197 QX30 30164 390523
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Introduction

The Infiniti QX30 is an elegant little crossover introduced for 2017. In a stunning alliance between Japanese and German carmakers, it shares its platform and front-wheel-drive powertrain with the Mercedes-Benz GLA250.

Both compete against well-executed rivals such as the rear-wheel-drive BMW X1. The Mazda3 hatchback might be seen as a competitor as well, and in fact the QX30 profile suggests the Mazda3.

Otherwise the QX30 body is a unique blend of scalloped edges and lumps, out of which emerges a serious stance. Its creative styling begins a design direction for Infiniti, so watch for other models taking the shape. In the Nissan-Infiniti vision, it’s an international design, for their international expansion. The QX30 is assembled in England. It is unchanged for 2018.

However, the dramatic exterior and compact dimensions limit space in the cabin. It’s considered a five-seater, but it’s tight for two in the rear, and impossible for three.

The QX30 comes three ways: base QX30, sporty QX30S, and QX30 AWD with a raised ride height and body panels that imagine off-road.

The QX30 crossovers sold around the world get a choice of engines. In North America, there is only one: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, coupled to an automated 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It gets an EPA-rated 27 Combined miles per gallon on Premium gasoline. On the AWD model, an intelligent all-wheel-drive system can transmit up to half the power to the rear wheels, whenever sensors detect traction loss.

Model Lineup

QX30 models are base, Luxury, Premium and Sport, available with all-wheel-drive in Luxury and Premium.

QX30 comes standard ($29,950) with high-quality black fabric upholstery, manual front seats, and InTouch infotainment with a 7-inch screen, but don’t expect Infiniti dealers to find one out back for you. Much more common will be the QX30 Luxury ($32,600), available with AWD ($34,400)

QX30S Sport ($38,500) comes with front-wheel drive, a lower ride height with 19-inch wheels, its own front and rear fascia, a glossy black grille, leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and aluminum pedals and footrests. Sport seats with eight-way power adjustment and lumbar support are available.

Nappa leather is available. Optional designer packages for the interior include: City Black that couples black upholstery with purple stitching; Cafe Teak that features black stitching with brown/black upholstery; Gallery White that trims white upholstery with red details.

Safety features include blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning with emergency braking assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, self-parking, and a surround-view camera system that detects moving objects like dogs, cats, or children.

Walkaround

Infiniti’s latest design language speaks sharp angles and sweeping curves, with elements of French design.

From the long and angular nose, the sheetmetal flows back to swollen fenders around large wheel wells. The greenhouse is short and low, flaunting Infiniti’s familiar reverse-crescent C-pillar that supports and steeply sloped rear window and reaches to a chopped rear end. It’s a profile unlike any other luxury compact crossover.

Sharp scalloped character lines begin near the top and bottom of the front doors and narrow as they race toward the rear wheel wells, deliver a striking three-dimensional image and exaggerating the car’s horizontal lines. An elevated stance somehow steals from the hatchback silhouette. That’s not on the QX30S, which is a half-inch lower and shows it.

Interior

When you enter the cabin your attention is immediately drawn to the asymmetrical sweep of the dashboard. It’s very much unlike the austere and business-like Mercedes crossover (or any German car) that it shares some pieces with, for example much of the switchgear. It’s weird, German knobs in an Infiniti.

The cabin is smartly designed and full of high-quality materials. Even in the base model having an excellent fabric upholstery, there’s a lot of soft-touch materials.

Infiniti designs its seats based on spinal support research, matching the curvature of the human spine, to reduce pressure on the back muscles with better distribution of the load. Maybe as a result, some passengers can expect a snug fit in their seats. Front seats are sufficiently wide with good legroom, though head space is limited. As a road curves leftward, taller drivers might note that the windshield pillar restricts their view. The coupe-like roof dips sharply downward, so average-height, front-seat passengers might feel obliged to duck their heads to see outward.

The long roof provides a greater sense of spaciousness in the rear, but it’s also low, so that takes away headroom. Same with legroom in the 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The cabin volume is rated at 19.2 cubic feet, which is one more cubic foot than the Mercedes GLA250 that it’s based upon.

Voice recognition controls audio and navigation commands. InTouch infotainment features intuitive finger-touch and swipe controls, via a seven-inch touchscreen.

Driving Impressions

Since the QX30 presents a Mercedes powertrain, it delivers Mercedes performance. The engine and transmission are responsive, from a standstill or during passing. (Some other turbocharged four-cylinders with dual-clutch automated transmissions are hesitant at those times.) Acceleration from zero to sixty miles per hour comes in just over seven seconds, which is good performance. There’s a rumble from under the hood, maybe more than you want to hear.

The gas pedal is quick initially, making the power tricky to modulate from a start. The paddle-shifting dual-clutch 7-speed shifts quickly but sometimes gets confused at low speeds.

Intended to conserve fuel, the automatic Stop/Start system is noticeable, but not jolting as in some rivals. It must be the smooth Mercedes system, better than the disruptive BMW system.

The steering feels consistent at any speed, neither heavy at high speeds nor overboosted in parking-lot driving. Of course, it might be argued that the whole point of electronic variable steering is to make it heavier at speed and lighter in tight maneuvers. But no, Infiniti engineers say they intended the QX30 steering to be consistent. It’s also precise.

The QX30 corners with dexterity. In the twisties, the front-wheel-drive feels more alive. The front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models ride nearly the same, with the awd a bit stiffer because of its thicker rear anti-roll bar. Firmer springs and suspension tuning on the front-wheel-drive QX30S tighten the handling but don’t significantly stiffen the ride on the 19-inch wheels.

Summary

The Infiniti QX30 features striking sheetmetal wrapped around a Mercedes engine and transmission. Stylish cabin is best-suited for two, with four only occasionally. Twenty-seven miles per gallon on Premium fuel with responsive acceleration performance.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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