2019 Infiniti QX30


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2019 Infiniti QX30 Performance Review


Performance: 6.9

The 2019 Infiniti QX30 offers a peppy turbocharged engine, great fuel economy, a gentle ride, and easy maneuverability. It’s a bit sporty, and it makes for a fine daily cruiser.

  • "The small hatchback I'm driving feels at home on the narrow and winding roads of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, its responsive steering nicely tuned to match the reasonably firm suspension. With 208 horsepower from the turbocharged two-liter under the hood, and all-wheel-drive, I should be in hot hatch territory." -- CNET (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "Infiniti officials readily admit this all-wheel-drive model is intended for inclement weather and not serious off-road driving. We experienced neither on our jaunt around Seattle and the neighboring islands. Rather, we experienced a pleasant day of driving in a comfortable, well-mannered car." -- Motor Trend (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The only available engine in the QX30 is a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 208 horsepower. It is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. With estimates of 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway (21/30 mpg with AWD), this Infiniti is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the class.

Power output is satisfactory, and you can zip around town and on the highway with ease. The transmission draws mixed reviews, however. Some critics say it shifts smoothly, while others find it slow or coarse.

  • "Under acceleration, the QX30 displays a spirit that matches its good looks." -- Autotrader
  • "While not the most powerful engine in its class, the QX30's smooth and responsive turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder teams well with the paddle-shiftable 7-speed dual-clutch automatic to deliver spirited acceleration across a fairly wide rev range." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The default E mode makes for frustrating low-speed driving and acceleration response due to the power lag and slow-to-engage transmission. Selecting S or manual mode each time is a work-around, but these two modes are a bit rev-happy, which can be annoying when you just want to cruise." -- Edmunds (2018)

Handling and Braking

This subcompact crossover SUV provides a smooth ride even over rough pavement. It’s composed on the road, with minimal body roll and competent cornering. Front-wheel drive comes standard, while all-wheel drive is available.

  • "The QX30 is playful when pushed, and if approaching its limitations the electronics will step in before things really get out of shape. Body roll is well managed, and AWD affords great drive out of corners. It's definitely capable, if not entertaining." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)
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2019 Infiniti QX30

MSRP: $30,250 - $41,500

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