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2017 Infiniti QX30 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Infiniti QX30 was new.


Performance: 8.0

The typical driver will be pleased with the 2017 Infiniti QX30's on-road manners. It matches plenty of power from its turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a smooth ride and easy maneuverability. The QX30 is most at home cruising down the highway or darting through city traffic, not flying down back roads. 

  • "For the average CUV buyer, driving dynamics may not be the most valuable asset a car can possess. Be that as it may, Infiniti's offerings have always tended to be a little firmer and more capable than some other luxury automobiles. That's true here, too." -- Left Lane News
  • "Once up to speed, either version is a solid highway cruiser. The best way to enjoy the QX30 is to admire the ways in which it makes everyday driving more relaxed and comfortable." -- New York Daily News
  • "The QX30 really shines in how its power delivery, steering and suspension all combine for an engaged driving feel." -- CNET

Acceleration and Power

A 208-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine powers the 2017 QX30. It comes mated to a seven-speed automated manual transmission. The EPA estimates that the front-wheel drive version returns 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, while the all-wheel drive version gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

The turbo four-cylinder generates plenty of power for quick acceleration from a stop, making it ideal for driving around the city. Getting up to speed for merging or overtaking other drivers is also a simple task for the engine. Still, you'll get more grunt from the engines that power the BMW X1 and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Functioning like a traditional automatic, the transmission works fine when you're driving around town. When you're accelerating at high speeds, however, it is too slow to shift, leaving the engine running at high RPM. At the moment it does finally shift, it noticeably shakes the SUV as it clicks into gear. You may want to use the paddle shifters with the transmission in manual mode to overcome this shortcoming. 

  • "The 2.0-liter engine offers plenty of get-up-and-go, just as we've seen with its German cousin. It may take 6.4 seconds to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour, but it's also a quick-move artist on the fly, able to pass slower-moving traffic with ease and limited passing distance." -- AutoTrader
  • "Accelerator response is immediate and the engine - a turbo four-cylinder co-developed between Nissan and Daimler that's good for 208 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque - has broad enough power to tack on speed, even uphill." -- Cars.com
  • "We were also very impressed by the smoothness of the seven-speed DCT, which could have been mistaken for a traditional automatic even on the hilly streets near the downtown Seattle waterfront." -- Left Lane News

Handling and Braking

The QX30 may look athletic, but it handles more like a comfortable commuter car than a sharply tuned sports car. With a nicely cushioned ride that absorbs bumps in the road, and a small size that makes it a breeze to maneuver, it's a great choice for driving around the city. The steering is precise enough to satisfy most drivers, and the brakes are strong. Drivers looking for sharper performance are better off checking out the BMW X1 or the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

  • "The ride is smooth and unperturbed by most bumps and holes, but the suspension still returns moderately sporty handling when pressed. The steering effort is inexplicably heavy, but the QX30 otherwise takes a corner smoothly and predictably. The brakes are just right with good bite and smooth engagement." -- Motor Trend
  • The QX30's steering feedback is acceptable, but the wheel responds to quick directional changes with a touch of initial slop and the chassis allows too much body roll to really tear through corners. Even in the QX30 Sport, the reflexes seem too blunted for enthusiast appeal." -- Cars.com
  • "And even when you encounter uneven pavement, the ride remains pleasant as this is where most of this car's buyers will spend their time, just scurrying around a city center." -- Automobile Magazine

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