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- Appealing exterior shape
- Eye-catching interior
- Sharp steering
- Good cargo room
- Quiet ride
- Cramped back seat
- Styling won’t appeal to some
- Twitch boost/throttle feel
The 2018 Infiniti QX30 is a swoopier, curvier take on the luxury compact crossover idea that's spreading faster than wet "Gremlins."
Luxury compact crossovers are an outward statement of taste as much as they are a conveyance around town.
The competition for the 2018 Infiniti QX30 is thick and fierce. Nearly every luxury auto marque has an entry, and more are in the works. Infiniti’s QX30 has a secret: it’s mechanically related to one of its competitors, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250.
Whereas the Mercedes sports a cross-trainer look, the Infiniti approaches the category with sweeping curves.
The 2018 Infiniti QX30 earns a 6.4 on our overall scale thanks to its good looks outside and plentiful features, including Infiniti’s stellar warranty. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Introduced last year as a new model for the luxury automaker, this year’s QX30 is identical to last year’s version.
In other parts of the world, the QX30 is sold as a functional hatchback (it’s even called the Q30), but here the entire range is branded as a luxury crossover in the U.S. Only two models, the QX30 AWD Luxury and the QX30 AWD Premium, are fitted for mildly rugged duty with a taller ride height—think “off-weather,” not necessarily “off-road.”
A relatively simple powertrain lineup means drivers need only consider color, trim, and a handful of options.
In all cases the QX30 is comfortable for front-seat riders, but rear passengers may be slightly cramped in the Infiniti’s confines.
Every model of the QX30 comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen for its infotainment system that (thankfully) has more in common with the Mercedes-Benz system than Infiniti’s setup. The similarities don’t stop there: the power seat adjuster is located on the door—a typical Mercedes touch—and the shifter and drive-mode selector are right out of the Mercedes playbook, among other similarities.
The decision between the two may just fall to personal taste.