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2017 Infiniti QX30 Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2017 Infiniti QX30

The Nissan’s Infiniti is one of the fabulous luxury car division. Since 1989, the company is presenting amazing cars. The car we are having today is the Infiniti QX30, which has been recently launched. QX30 has no predecessor in line, but it is mostly based on the concept of Infiniti Q30.

The Crossover and SUV market extensively increases every now and then. And generally, most of the SUVs resemble each other. But the versatility of QX30 is that it has a unique body styling and immensely comfortable interior.

As per the customer of luxury and comfort, most of the cars of Infiniti are remarkably luxurious. Similarly, the Infiniti has maintained its standard in the QX30. Not just the comfort, the powertrain of the car is evenly fun to drive.

The least price tag on the series is of $29,950. The first exhibition of the car was conducted in the Los Angeles Motor Show in 2015 and then in Geneva Motor show in 2016. By mid of 2016, the USA and Canada got their first release. While the rest of the world will get the initial release of Infiniti QX30 in 2017.

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The available models are titled as:

  • QX30
  • QX30 Luxury
  • QX30 Luxury AWD
  • QX30 Premium
  • QX30 Premium AWD
  • QX30 Sport


2.0 and 2.2 L6 – speed manual

7 – speed automatic

170 and 208 hp258 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
6.6 seconds131 mphSUV24 city/ 32 highway


Hood of 2017 Infiniti QX30

Infiniti offers two drivetrains for the QX30, the front – wheel – drive and the all – wheels – drive. The gasoline version is available with the 2.0 L Mercedes Benz engine. While the optional diesel engine is available in 2.2 L Mercedes-Benz engine with single drivetrain of all – wheels – drive. The gasoline drivetrain gets the option and FWD and AWD.

The gasoline drive train is the 4 – cylinder turbocharged system. While the diesel configuration has the standard tech. The European consumers were getting the diesel machine earlier, but by 2017 they will even enjoy the turbo charger.

Not to mention, the powertrain used by Infiniti QX30 is even shared by Mercedes in one of its Crossover model.

The road test revealed some different tale. When the Mercedes with the same drivetrain and the QX30 were head to head tested, the results were a bit frowning. The QX30 reached 62 mph within 6.6 seconds, while the Mercedes took 6.1 seconds.

The handling even showed a different story. It has a bit lag in the steering as compared to the other SUVs in line.


2017 Infiniti QX30 Exterior

Rather there is much of the Mercedes discussed. But it is still more to be discussed. Oh! It’s Infiniti, but it resembles much like the Mercedes. But there is something which makes QX30 unique from Mercedes.

Its grille and the metal which has been used in the exterior of the car makes it worth more alive as compared to its rivals, including its ally the Mercedes.

Some stories narrate that QX30 is an uplifted hatchback. The QX30 in the base model comes with a 1.2-inch ground height and the QX30 Sport is even lower than this. It doesn’t let it to be an SUV anymore. Precisely it could be a sporty looking crossover.


Interior of 2017 Infiniti QX30

When we get to the interior of the QX30, the structure mostly resembles a Mercedes. Especially when we get to the infotainment system of the car, physically it does looks like one from Mercedes. But Infiniti has made it, its own by installing its own software in it.

Well, practically Infiniti is rich in material as compared to its ally. The dashboard, steer-wheel, seats and windows all have good material quality. While the seats are pretty spacious, but over a long journey, they seem to be hard to sit on.

It what happens with most of the cars that back row passengers don’t get much room. As per prescribed by manual, 3 people can sit in easily at the back. But practically only 2 can sit easily. One of the major catch found in the rear seats is the entrance panel. Usually, the lousy passengers would hit their head in the pane while entering.

And let’s now get to the trunk. It is just 19 cubic feet spacious. Relatively is quite shorter than a number of sedan and hatchbacks available.

The interior gets more beauty with the Bose Premium Audio system. It has 10 speakers, USB ports and amazing sound.


Features of 2017 Infiniti QX30

The Infiniti QX30 comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Nissan has implied Infiniti to use its own custom software for its infotainment system. It is known as Infiniti InTouch. It has almost all the connectivity features with the interactive features such as the e-mail interaction, calendar, phone connectivity and else. The navigational panel is quite responsive and stable in Infiniti QX30.


2017 Infiniti QX30 Safety

The Infiniti QX30 has maintained a good standard of safety. It has almost all the necessary safety particulars, such as the air bags and belts. Besides the necessary features, it even has the driving assistive features. Such as the Lane Departure Warning, which helps the driver to be aware that he or she has moved out of the lane. On top of that, there is Around View Monitor in QX30. It enables the driver to learn about any stationary or moving object in the surrounding of the car. It is practically quite helpful to know about anything that is present in the blind spot.


Mercedes Benz GLA Class

The Infiniti QX30 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA Class share almost all of the architecture. Whether it’s the drivetrain, chassis or structure is certainly common in both the cars. But Infiniti and Mercedes remain as they are in their places, the all spectacular and all delivering. But with some performance records, we get the Mercedes over a higher rank.

Infiniti QX30 is precisely a good choice for the SUV lovers, who need to have better mileage. QX30 has quite better mileage than a number of SUVs available in the market. It could be a good choice indeed.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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