INFINITI worked with Mercedes-Benz to develop the architecture for the 2017 SUV, but INFINITI insisted on its QX30 having a more refined feel than the MB GLA class. As such, it designed its own suspension and refined the powertrain. The result is a more athletic feel that may make you forget you are driving an SUV. The 2018 powertrain continues the success of its predecessor. INFINITI uses turbo technology for better fuel economy that doesn’t sacrifice capability. Horsepower is an ample 208 producing 258 lb.-ft of torque. Drivers will notice that they get all of the competitive power they need without turbo lag. One big reason is the seven-speed automatic. This dual-clutch set-up responds readily to the driver’s demands. With front-wheel drive, the 2018 INFINITI QX30 earns 33 mpg highway.
The 2017 edition earned admirers by offering an upscale look and feel that is as good as or even better than many in its competitive class. For 2018, shoppers will notice a logical, yet artistic arrangement. The front seats offer a level of comfort that reminds you that this is indeed a luxury ride. A center console and other storage helps expand the natural utility. Travelers will appreciate a solid 19 cubic feet in the cargo hold. On the dash, drivers have an InTouch screen. A multifunction controller is close at hand for choosing menus and features. Simplifying the system, there are also dash-mounted buttons and dials for climate control and audio volume.
For 2018, the QX30 comes in four trim levels. Interior packages offer personalized luxury looks. The sport package has stitched leatherette on the dash, graphite suede-like material in the headliner, and Nappa Leather on the sport seats. For the Café Teak package, INFINITI wraps the seats in brown Nappa leather with graphite stitching. It lines other surfaces with genuine wood and soft brown leatherette. For a lush look, white Nappa leather lines the seats and dash of the Gallery White Theme Package. For fun, It adds red contrast trims to the cabin and exterior.
From its standard injury protections to its available crash avoidance features, the 2017 INFINITI QX30 sets a high bar for safety. The 2018 edition follows up with safety equipment that will please the cautious commuter and the anxious parent. For starters, there is a rear cross-traffic alert to help with parking. This adds a traffic watch while you are backing up, and it pairs nicely with the rearview camera. The INFINITI 360-degree camera shows every obstacle around the ute’s perimeter. Blind spot monitoring works on both sides of the vehicle, seeking to notify you if a car is too close for safe lane changes. Working to avoid sideswipes, a lane departure system warns the driver to correct the vehicle’s trajectory. Another warning signals the driver about stopping traffic. If the response to the forward collision warning is too slow, automatic emergency braking kicks in.
MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer. All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.