REVIEW: 2018 Infiniti QX30- Compact Crossover Luxury

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The Infiniti QX30 was all-new for 2017 marking Infiniti’s attempt to snag some of that lucrative crossover market. There are plenty of choices in the segment and the QX30 manages to differentiate itself from the rest in small but significant ways.

The bulk of crossover aren’t luxury vehicles. Most are mainstream vehicles that appeal to a wide audience in terms of features and cost. The Infiniti QX30 is a decidedly upscale crossover that you won’t find dominating the school pickup line.

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That’s okay, because plenty of crossover buyers aren’t part of that set. They’re people who want the luxury of a traditional sedan with the utility of a crossover. Infiniti offers both in an attractive package.

Outside, the QX30 is all angles with none of the rounded, softened edges so common to crossovers. It’s more striking for its angularity and stands out from the pack.

Inside, it’s all about that luxury aesthetic. Our test car was the 2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD with a host of optional features that put it squarely in luxury car territory. This included a Cafe Teak Theme Package ($1,750) with luscious brown Nappa leather, contrast stitching, wood accents, and suede-like trim on the A-pillars and headliner.

There was also a Technology Packag ($2,200) that added advanced safety features like an around view monitor with moving object detection, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, forward emergency braking, intelligent cruise control, intelligent park assist, and high beam assist. The Navigation Package added another $1,850 and an LED package added $1,000. The final price on our Infiniti QX30 with all its options was $46,460.

That takes this car out of the family-budget zone for most people, but is entirely reasonable for someone looking for a luxury crossover. The QX30 isn’t simply about style, however. It also packs plenty of power with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

There’s also a choice of economy, sport, and manual modes. Economy mode is, as expected, uninspired, but sport mode lets you have some fun. This is a sport mode on a luxury crossover rather than a sports car, so it’s not all about raw power. It makes the QX30 more responsive, but remains a cushy ride without any harshness.

Its compact size is great for navigating city streets, but translates into reduced cargo and passenger space. The front seats are plenty roomy, but rear seating is tight, even for smaller adults. There’s 19.2 cubic feet of space behind the 60/40 split-fold rear seats or fold them down for 34 cubic feet.

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The 2018 Infinti QX30 is a relative newcomer to the crossover market and makes a solid pitch to crossover buyers. It has plenty of power, unique styling, and a stunning interior luxury buyers will appreciate.

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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin