2018 Infiniti QX30

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MSRP: $29,950 - 38,500

2018 Infiniti QX30 Review

The 2018 Infiniti QX30 ranks in the top half of the luxury subcompact SUV class. It has a plush ride, a long list of standard features, and an elegant interior with quality materials. 




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.5
Safety: N/A
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Pros & Cons

  • Handsome cabin with high-grade materials
  • Lots of features for a low price
  • Longer warranty than rivals
  • Small cargo area
  • Poor rearward visibility

Is the Infiniti QX30 a Good SUV?

The Infiniti QX30 is a fine luxury subcompact SUV. Its comfortable front seats, premium cabin materials, and smooth ride defy its relatively low price tag. The QX30 suffers in some key areas, though. The back seats are a little small, and rearward visibility is limited. And though the sleek QX30 looks sporty and fun, don't expect a high level of performance.

Should I Buy the Infiniti QX30?

If you prioritize value and quality but don't need a ton of space, you should consider the QX30. It's the only luxury subcompact SUV to retail for under $30,000 (though just barely), but this crossover doesn’t feel cheap. Even the base model comes with a plethora of features, so you don't have to spend a lot of extra money to get upscale amenities. Thanks to its great fuel economy, the QX30 should continue to save you money after you've bought it.

Still, the QX30 may not impress all shoppers. It's missing a few niceties commonly included in rivals. While the QX30 has cloth seats, most rivals have standard leatherette upholstery (or even standard real leather, like in the Audi Q3). If you prefer an enthusiastic driving experience, check out the BMW X1. The mechanically similar Mercedes-Benz GLA shares a lot of the same highs and lows as the QX30, but it costs a bit more.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Infiniti QX30?

Infiniti introduced the QX30 as an all-new crossover for 2017, and it sees no changes for the 2018 model year. Therefore, you can likely save money and get a nearly identical vehicle by shopping for a used 2017 QX30. Read our review of the 2017 QX30 to learn more, and if you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for the latest deals and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 14 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 14 Infiniti QX30 reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2018 QX30 is the right new car for you. This 2018 Infiniti QX30 review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2017 and 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Infiniti QX30 Cost?

The 2018 Infiniti QX30 SUV is the least expensive model in our luxury subcompact SUV rankings. Infiniti QX30 pricing ranges from $29,950 for the base trim to $38,500 for the top-end QX30 Sport. Most come with front-wheel drive, but you can add all-wheel drive to the midlevel Luxury and Premium trims. Infiniti also offers a handful of packages to upgrade your technology or customize the look of your SUV. For great savings at your local Infiniti dealer, check out our U.S. News Best Price Program.

Infiniti QX30 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Infiniti QX30 or Mercedes-Benz GLA?

Both the QX30 and Mercedes-Benz GLA have middling scores in most of our evaluations. The Mercedes boasts slightly more dynamic handling, while the Infiniti gives you more of a relaxing and comfortable experience. Each has a good amount of standard features, but rear seats are cramped in both models. You'll pay less for the Infiniti, especially compared to the Mercedes-Benz's high-performance GLA versions. Both of these rivals are good but not great, so it depends on whether you prioritize the GLA’s dynamic road manners or the QX30’s value.

Which Is Better: Infiniti QX30 or BMW X1?

If you have deeper pockets and want thrilling road manners, there's a clear choice in this class: the BMW X1. Though its starting price is about $4,000 higher than the QX30’s, the X1 is nimbler and more energetic than the rest of the class. This BMW is practical too, offering more rear legroom and more cargo space than the QX30, as well as a higher reliability rating. The X1 is the better pick.

Which Is Better: Infiniti QX30 or Audi Q3?

It's no footlong sandwich, but the Audi Q3 puts the "sub" in subcompact SUV. Rear seat space is even more limited than in the QX30, leaving adult passengers with very little room. The Q3 also has less cargo space than most class rivals do. There's little reason to consider the cramped Q3 over most of its competition, including the QX30.

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QX30 Interior

How Many People Does the QX30 Seat?

The 2018 QX30 has an official seating capacity of five people, but in reality, this small SUV only holds four comfortably. An all-day car trip for a small group won't be a problem, though. Its front seats are cozy and supportive (though taller drivers may long for more headroom), and rear-seat room is ample enough for two adults (though there's little room for them to stretch their legs). The thick C-pillars impede visibility out the back, but you can alleviate some of the visibility concerns by adding blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera, and a self-parking system that steers the SUV into a parallel parking space.

QX30 and Car Seats

You can fit two car seats in the back of a QX30, with a set of lower anchors and an upper tether located at both outboard seating positions.

QX30 Interior Quality

The build quality and premium selection of materials are among the high points of this subcompact SUV. Once you move past the base trim – which covers its seats with cloth – you’re treated to upgrades like Nappa leather seats, red contrast stitching, and real wood inlays. The only complaint with interior comfort is road noise, which can be loud enough to hinder conversation or the enjoyment of the available Bose sound system.

QX30 Cargo Space

Behind the rear seats, the QX30 has 19.2 cubic feet of space. That's bigger than the static cargo hold in the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3, but both competitors have significantly more total cargo space; the QX30 has only 34 cubic feet with the available split-rear seats folded. Also, Infiniti does not offer a power liftgate for this vehicle.

QX30 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The QX30’s infotainment system comes with a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, HD Radio, and satellite radio. Before you put the vehicle into gear, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the vehicle’s many buttons and controls. Most are packed in the center stack, with another cluster located around the center control knob. Though they are plentiful, most are easy to reach. That's not the case for the deeply recessed touch screen. Its graphics feel a bit dated, but overall, the system is straightforward to use.

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QX30 Performance

QX30 Engine: Snappy, but Not Perfect

The QX30 is a lively SUV. Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine is enthusiastic when you're zipping around town and eager to take on steep hills or slower traffic. The powertrain isn't without a few hiccups, though, most of which are linked to the seven-speed automatic transmission. Many test drivers report that the QX30 shifts smoothly and promptly, but some note that the transmission can feel unrefined or struggles to find the right gear.

QX30 Gas Mileage: Outstanding Fuel Economy

You'll spend less on fuel with a QX30 than with most of its competitors. Its EPA-rating of 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway is one of the highest in the class. With all-wheel drive, this decreases to 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

QX30 Ride and Handling: Comfortable and Composed

Despite the QX30's sporty looks, this is not an athletic SUV. Its comfort-tuned suspension soaks up pockmarked city streets with ease, and the responsive steering and capable brakes help the SUV feel composed but do not create a sporty experience.

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QX30 Reliability

Is the Infiniti QX30 Reliable?

The 2018 QX30 has a predicted reliability rating of three out five from J.D. Power, which is about average.

Infiniti QX30 Warranty

The QX30 comes with a longer warranty than its rivals: a four-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. In comparison, the BMW X1 comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA has a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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QX30 Safety

QX30 Crash Test Results

The Infiniti QX30, like more than half of the models in our luxury 2-row SUV rankings, has not undergone crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Its blank safety rating has no connection with whether or not this is a safe SUV.

QX30 Safety Features

A rearview camera is standard in the QX30. Available safety technology includes active park assist (with both parallel park assist and reverse-park assist), a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.

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Which Infiniti QX30 Model Is Right for Me?

For 2018, the QX30 comes in four trims: the base QX30, Luxury, Premium, and Sport. Comfort amenities and safety features are the main elements that separate these trims. All models use the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and seven-speed automatic transmission, and all come standard with front-wheel drive. If you want a QX30 with all-wheel drive, you have two trim options: Luxury or Premium. An Infiniti QX30 AWD costs around $2,100 more than a standard version.

With the QX30, you get a lot of standard features in the base model for a sub-$30,000 purchase price. If you want a swankier model, we recommend the QX30 Luxury. For an extra $2,650, you get niceties like heated front seats and leather upholstery. This trim is better equipped than the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 and costs $800 less. Save even more on a new QX30 at your local Infiniti dealer by using our U.S. News Best Price Program. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Infiniti deals page.

A few add-on packages are available in select models. The $1,850 Navigation package gives you turn-by-turn directions and traffic updates, as well as Infiniti's InTouch telematics system and front and rear parking sensors. The Technology package ($2,200) bundles safety features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, active park assist, and a 360-degree camera.

Infiniti QX30

A new QX30 has a starting price of $29,950 and includes cloth seats, a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Infiniti QX30 Luxury

For the Luxury trim, Infiniti adds Nappa leather upholstery and heated front seats with eight-way power-adjustments. Prices start at $32,600 for the Luxury FWD and $34,400 for the Luxury AWD.

Infiniti QX30 Premium

Extra features added to the QX30 Premium ($35,300) include a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system, a panoramic moonroof, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Premium AWD costs $37,700.

Infiniti QX30 Sport

As the name implies, the QX30 Sport model ($38,500) has a bolder, more athletic appearance. A lower ride height, a unique grill and body panels, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and aluminum-trimmed pedals impart a sportier look. This edition also comes with front sport seats, leatherette upholstery, sportier suspension tuning, and the self-parking Intelligent Park Assist system.

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The Final Call

If you are searching for a pint-sized luxury vehicle that makes your daily commute more comfortable, the Infiniti QX30 is a good pick. Money spent on the QX30 – with its long list of standard features, energetic engine, and excellent gas mileage – is money well spent. At the same time, its low starting price won't break the bank. While you can get sportier performance or a more opulent interior with some rivals, you'd have to spend thousands of dollars more for these improvements.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2018 Infiniti QX30 is an interesting amalgamation of coupe, hatchback and crossover, and the way it straddles these body types results in advantages and drawbacks. Those who like a sporty drive experience will appreciate the QX30's athleticism over a more traditional SUV. Its rear hatchback design increases the cargo capacity over a comparably sized sedan, while the option of all-wheel drive and a raised suspension make it better suited to handle foul weather conditions or light off-highway exploration." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In a small but growing segment, the QX30 is a compelling alternative to the usual German cabal. It looks better than any of them and presents a more refined, mature experience luxury customers will appreciate. In a crowd trying to blend sport, luxury, and cost-savings as effectively as possible, the QX30 feels like [a] smart, confident choice for someone less concerned with badges. At a starting price of just $30,900 with shipping and well under $50,000 loaded, it's likely to be friendlier to the wallet than the competition, as well." -- Motor Trend (2017)
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