Crossovers are all the rage, just in case you’ve been living under a rock the last few years and haven’t noticed their takeover on American highways. The 2017 Infiniti QX30 is the luxury brand’s attempt to snag a piece of the compact crossover pie.
Styling is true to the rest of the Infiniti stable with a bold grille and aggressive, angular lines. It has the utility of a small crossover without the rounded, soft, often ho-hum looks found in other vehicles in the segment. It’s also high enough to make tackling winter weather less of a chore, but still has a low load floor through that convenient hatchback.
The interior, particularly in the Premium trim we tested, is a nice place to while away the hours. Nappa leather, heated 8-way power front seats with lumbar, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the Café Teak Package ($1,750) with its brown and black accents created a welcoming space. Seats are comfortable, your elbow will never find a hard surface, and it’s all quite simply very pretty.
Style abounds, but the QX30 has substance, too. It’s powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque paired to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. There’s also a drive mode selector that allows a choice of economy, sport, or manual.
The net result is a car that has plenty of power, especially in sport mode. If you take it for a test drive, make sure you take it out of eco mode or you’ll get a less than favorable impression of its performance. That’s what eco does to pretty much every car, but it’s almost cumbersome in the QX30. Set it to sport and enjoy.
Handling is less sporty, more relaxed and suited to a Sunday drive, but it’s not sloppy. The QX30 corners well with responsive steering and solid braking. A choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive depending on the trim level makes managing winter weather less of a chore.
Compact is good for smaller families, couples, and anyone living in the city. The drawback is reduced cargo capacity. The trunk has 19.2 cubic feet of space, but the 60/40 split-fold rear seats open that up to 34 cubic feet. That’s good, but if your plan calls for lots of cargo, then the QX30 might be too small.
Also on the smaller side is rear seating. Even with the front seats forward, leg room in back is at a premium. Headroom is also short and taller passengers may find their heads brushing the roof. If you have kids, they’ll be just fine until they’re teenagers.
Base price on the Infiniti QX30 is $29,950 while our Premium model with all-wheel drive and packages came in at $45,040. That’s higher than what you’ll find with non-luxury brands, but it’s suddenly a steal when you compare it to what you’ll get from the likes of BMW and Merecedes.
The 2017 Infiniti QX30 offers the amenities of a luxury car in a compact crossover along with a more manageable price. It’s a taste of luxury car life within reach of more budget-minded buyers.