2017 Infiniti QX30 Overview
- The 2017 Infiniti QX30 isn’t quite as sporty as its exterior styling suggests, but it’s a fine choice in the luxury subcompact SUV class. It has a capable engine with ample power that, combined with a cushioned ride and excellent fuel economy, makes this a great daily driver. The pinched rear hatch limits visibility, however.
Is the Infiniti QX30 a Good SUV?
If we were to divide our luxury subcompact SUV ranking into Good, Better, and Best, the Infiniti QX30 would fall into the first tier: It’s a good SUV in many aspects, but it doesn’t deliver a high level of refinement in a few areas. The cabin is luxuriously appointed, pampering you with blue-chip materials throughout, lots of features, and comfortable seats. However, a significant amount of road and engine noise makes its way into the interior, and it’s difficult to see out the back. Performance is also mixed, with a sprightly, fuel-efficient engine giving it some kick, and a somewhat coarse transmission holding it back.
Should I Buy the Infiniti QX30?
You should buy a QX30 if you’re looking for a smaller SUV that looks and feels racy. With the least expensive starting price in our best luxury subcompact SUV ranking, the QX30 is also a good pick if you are already stretching your budget to buy a luxury vehicle. Though it costs less than rivals, the QX30 doesn’t feel cheap inside, so you’ll still get a refined interior and a polished ride.
The QX30 does come up short in a few areas. Leather upholstery isn’t standard, for example. It only comes in the QX30 Luxury trim and above, so you’ll need to spend at least $32,600 for this traditional luxury feature. Additionally, some rivals are available with more tech features. The Mercedes-Benz GLA, for example, can be equipped with a Wi-Fi hot spot that lets you and your passengers access the internet while on the go. For a sportier SUV, spending a bit more on a rival like the BMW X1 will get you a similarly elegant interior with more engaging driving dynamics.
If you find the QX30’s petite proportions too restrictive, then a subcompact SUV is probably not the best size for you, as the QX30’s dimensions closely match those of its direct competitors. Instead, take a look at the Infiniti QX50, a slightly larger 2-row SUV.
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QX30 styling and performance
All models benefit from Infiniti’s design language of sharp angles and sweeping curves. Bodywork starts with an angular nose and flows rearward, around fenders with large wheel wells, past a short greenhouse with Infiniti’s signature crescent C-pillar, and to a sculptural tail.