2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium: Full Review!

The Infiniti QX30 brings a compact crossover into the Infiniti lineup with a myriad of very typical offerings in this segment. It’s front wheel drive (or optional all wheel drive), a small turbocharged engine, and seating for five. A starting price of just under $30,000 makes this stylish automobile relatively accessible also.

My test car is a QX30 Premium (Front Wheel Drive) with a base price of $35,300. The navigation package, illuminated front door sill plates, splash guards and destination charge develops an as-tested price of $38,815. This equipment level is where I suspect most consumers would have significant interest.

At just 174 inches long city driving should be a breeze, and in most trim levels with the help of front and rear ultrasonic parking sensors, you too can become a parking master.

Stepping into the interior felt familiar, on a few different levels. A vast majority of the interior materials were quite nice, the leather quality chosen for the seats, door panel inserts and a portion of the dash were outstanding. The infotainment system used in this application is the standard we’ve seen across the Nissan/Infiniti lineup for quite some time, unfortunately. The system is very functional, but has last generation graphics, antiquated voice controls, and a lack of available Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. For current Infiniti owners that’s just about where the familiarity ends.

There’s absolutely no way to avoid the conversation any longer, the Infiniti QX30 is a “Badge Engineered” automobile. A platform shared with the Mercedes-Benz GLA lives beneath the skin, and a two liter turbocharged four cylinder engine paired with a seven speed gearbox is shared between the two cars. This power plant provides more than ample power and respectable fuel economy for its class. Other bits and bobs are used from the folks at Mercedes-Benz including the climate control and gear selector, to the headlamp controls, turn signal stalk, window switches and key design.

Interior space is pretty generous for its class, but this car very easily reminds me that I’m in excess of 6 feet tall. Cargo space is over 19 cubic feet, and 34 cubic feet when the 60/40 split folding seats are lowered. A ski/cargo pass through is accessible from the rear seat arm rest, which is a nice touch to help maximize seating availability. I was quite surprised to see that no power lift gate was available in any equipment combination.

Rear seat leg and head room are on par with the segment, but absolutely nothing to write home about. Reminder: Compact Crossover.

While discussing passenger comfort and amenities I would also be remiss to avoid the topic of the QX30’s panoramic moonroof. It has a dividing bar giving the appearance that its two separate panels, but in fact it is a single fixed piece of glass. That’s right folks, it doesn’t actually open. They do give a power shade for good measure.

This Infiniti being produced for global markets allowed North American consumers to receive features that are relatively uncommon, especially in this class. The inclusion of power folding mirrors and rear fog lamp were very pleasing to see, something that is usually omitted from our market. My test car was fitted with halogen headlamps, LED’s are offered in higher trims.

The QX30 is a great choice for people wanting a petite crossover without the perceived image of driving a German luxury brand, but that doesn’t come without some sacrifice.