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Friday 22 September 2017
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2017 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD Test Drive

2017 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD Test Drive

On a recent trip, I had the chance to upgrade my rental vehicle. Of course, doing what I do for a living, there was no hesitation when I asked: “show me what else you’ve got.”

Sure I could have gone with the BMW hardtop convertible coupe or an Audi A4. But an Ink Blue 2017 Infiniti QX30 caught my eye instead because it fit my particular needs perfectly.  I needed a cushy box hauler that wasn’t a total pain to park in the big city.

The QX30 is new to the compact luxury crossover scene.

The QX30 is new to the compact luxury crossover scene, only making its debut in 2017. My all-wheel drive rental welcomed me with inviting leather lumbar seats and I couldn’t wait to hit the road. But as cushy as those seats were, my power driver’s seat wasn’t budging as I fiddled with what I assumed were the power adjusting controls on the side.

After some head scratching, I did what every woman would do and decided to waste no more time and ask for some help. Turns out, the joke was on me because the power seat controls are oddly located on the driver’s door panel.

That initial mystery aside, the interior of the QX30 shines. It’s a well-appointed and well-laid out cabin that was snug without being claustrophobic. The interior of this 5-seater featured soft touch materials and leather seating. The leather-wrapped steering wheel came with paddle shifters and easy to navigate controls.

As Jerry noted in his recent QX30 review, the compact crossover isn’t a huge vehicle (I’d agree with his assessment that it’s more of a hatchback), but it was roomy enough for me and the boxes I needed to haul from point A to point B over the course of a few trips. Jerry also pointed out the cabin’s lack of headroom for someone 6 feet tall, so that’s definitely something to consider if you’re on the tall side. At 5′ 6” I didn’t experience any issues.

Its looks are sophisticated and modern without being too edgy. 

I was also taken with the QX30’s looks. It’s sophisticated and modern without being too edgy. The sloping coupe-style roof and side creases create a windswept look without going overboard. The 18-inch Aluminum Alloy wheels really pop.  The windows look a bit small in the side profile, but compared to some other vehicle’s lately that have had too much glass, these were just right for me. I also liked all the chrome accents that come on the Premium.

The QX30 lineup comes with 7-inch touch screens and my Premium model had the optional Infiniti InTouch with Navigation. Everything on the center console was easy to navigate including the dual-zone A/C. But I will say the glossy black surfaces on the center console attract dust fast and a lot of it.

A real standout for me was the amazing Bose 10-speaker premium audio system. There are also three 12-volt power volt outlets.

I enjoyed driving the QX30 and thought it provided great handling.

I enjoyed driving the QX30 and thought it provided great handling, be it in the city or highway driving. It had nice get up and go thanks to the 2.0T four-cylinder turbocharged engine under the hood and there wasn’t much turbo lag. The engine is good for 208-horses and 258 pound-feet of torque.  All QX30s feature a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The start/stop system is a bit jarring and takes some getting used to.

The 2017 Infiniti QX30 is offered in six models. You have to step up to the top of the line Luxury and Premium models to get Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

There is no lack of optional equipment packages. If safety technology is what you’re after you’ll want the Technology Package which includes blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist, and Intelligent Park Assist.

In closing, I’ll also agree with Jerry that even with its great interior and drive, Infiniti’s priced the QX30 too high. He notes that even his $46,025 test model didn’t come with a power lift gate or ventilated seats.

2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium
  • What I liked most: The interior and the drive.
  • What I would change: Lower the price.
  • QX30 Premium Base MSRP: $37,790. 
  • Fuel economy:  21 city/30 highway/25 combined.
  • Official color:  Ink Blue.
  • Odometer reading when tested:  7733 miles.
  • Weight: 3,475 pounds.
  • Length-width-height:  174.2 inches long/ 82 inches wide/58.9” high.
  • Fuel-tank capacity:  14.8 gallons with filler on the driver’s side.
  • Required Fuel: Premium unleaded.
  • Towing capacity: N/A
  • 2017 Infiniti Qx30 in a few words:  A compact luxury crossover I would seriously consider buying at a lower price point.
  • Warranty: 4-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance, 7-year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty.   
  • Final assembly location: Los Angeles, CA.
  • Manufacturer’s website:  Infiniti