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2018 Infiniti QX30 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Infiniti QX30 was new.


Interior: 7.5

Sitting inside a 2018 Infiniti QX30 may remind you of riding in a Mercedes-Benz GLA, and for good reason. These two SUVs were developed side by side, and the QX30 benefits from this partnership by sourcing many of its cabin materials from Mercedes. The result is a wealth of top-notch materials, presented in a handsome, well-built interior. The seats themselves are comfortable, but some may find fault with the limited visibility and low headroom. Cargo room behind the seats is about average, but overall capacity comes up short compared to class rivals.

  • "Infiniti pulls off a premium interior, though most pieces you touch (stalks, switches, steering wheel) come from the high-quality Mercedes parts bin. The rest are Infiniti-issue and arguably just as nice. Quality is excellent and assembly is tight. Appears built to last." -- Edmunds
  • "Unfortunately, there is one significant problem with driving the QX30: road noise, and too damn much of it. In the QX30 AWD, it was difficult to hold a conversation at highway speeds, let alone enjoy the optional Bose stereo." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "The steering wheel, the door window switches, the central speedometer screen that literally uses Mercedes graphics, the door locks, the center infotainment stack, and even the car's key are all from the GLA. But you know what? You shouldn't care, because it feels like a Mercedes product should feel. Those pieces of trim are weighted properly and the leather supple, giving them a far more expensive feel, even though you're in an entry-level premium car." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)


The QX30 has seating for five people and comes standard with cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. All but the base model have eight-way power-adjustable front seats. Other upgrades include Nappa leather upholstery (in Luxury and Premium trims), synthetic leather upholstery (in the Sport trim), and heated front seats.

The seats come with comfortable cushions, and the side bolsters in the front seats ably hold you in place when you're roaming the countryside. When it comes to passenger comfort, the downsides have more to do with the exterior design of the SUV than the interior layout. With its low roofline and thick pillars, the cabin feels restricted, and visibility out the rear is poor. The back seat is spacious enough for two adults but doesn't offer a ton of legroom.

For child safety seats, there is a set of lower anchors and an upper tether located at both outboard seating positions.

  • "The QX30's aggressive coupelike styling helps it look the part, but it also doesn't make for the roomiest or ergonomically optimized cabin. Its sporty suspension doesn't exactly excel in the ride comfort department either, and rear visibility can be an issue if you don't have the electronic aid of the optional Technology package." -- Edmunds
  • "[The seats] offer a nice balance of comfort and lateral support and can be upgraded to sport seats with the Sport model. The rear seats are tight, as you might expect looking at the size of it. Adults certainly fit, but neither headroom nor legroom are plentiful." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "The low driving position and limited front headroom will be deal-breakers for larger folks, and the narrow cabin inhibits knee and hip space. The backseat is improbably adult-friendly once you're in it, but the short rear doors make entry and exit a bear." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a rearview camera. Uplevel models and available packages include extras like a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system, navigation, a panoramic moonroof, active park assist (including parallel park assist), a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.

Overall, the infotainment system is responsive to inputs and straightforward to use, though it doesn't have the most high-tech interface on the market. Smartphone integration is limited to a Bluetooth connection, and the graphics appear a bit dated. For users who prefer physical controls to touch-screen menus, there's an abundance of buttons and knobs available within easy reach of the driver. The touch screen, however, is recessed into the dash, so you may have to stretch a little to reach it.

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  • "With no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration, Bluetooth is the go-to connection here. We experienced limited success when connecting an iPhone via USB cable. The system occasionally recognized it as a media device, but most often did not." -- Edmunds
  • "For starters, the QX30's infotainment and navigation system is Infiniti's through-and-through, and we found it both easy to use and pleasantly capable (if perhaps a little dated in the graphics department). We experienced no trouble connecting our personal devices and were able to navigate through extensive music libraries with relative ease." -- Left Lane News (2017)
  • "You can touch the screen, which is a bit of a reach, or use the Infiniti controller installed behind the Mercedes gear selector. Some of the direct-select buttons, such as for the map, are near the controller; others, such as for the radio, are up on the dash below the screen. It's not the most intuitive user interface, but it works well when you figure it out." -- Motor Trend (2017)


The QX30 has 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, which is about average for this class. A 60/40-split-folding rear seat is standard, creating a total capacity of 34 cubic feet. That's significantly less room overall than what the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 offer. Other cargo drawbacks include limited in-cabin storage and no available power liftgate.

  • "The QX30 offers a claimed 19.2 cubic feet of trunk space. That's above average for the segment but just average for a compact hatchback. It also seems like a generous measurement. While there's some room back there, vertical space is compromised by the sharply raked roof." -- Edmunds
  • "… the cargo area is rather small thanks in part to that dramatically sloping rear hatch. You can get two medium-sized suitcases in next to each other and maybe another on top." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "The QX30's cargo area is deep but not very tall, and in-cabin storage is minimal." -- Cars.com (2017)

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