The Infiniti QX30 active crossover was introduced for 2017, challenging current ideas of what a crossover looks like, created for a new generation seeking a premium vehicle with versatility to fit their lifestyles.
New Infiniti buyers included young, active urban singles and couples who hadn’t previously considered the brand. A low-slung roofline, high stance, flowing lines and crossover styling emphasize QX30’s go-anywhere, do-anything attitude.
The category challenging 2018 QX30 continues to make a bold statement with premium interior appointments, dynamic performance, confidence-inspiring handling, and a load of advanced safety, security, and driver-assistance technologies.
The QX30 was engineered to bridge the gap between compacts and crossovers, with crossover utility, five-door versatility, coupe sportiness, and unique appearance featuring Infiniti design cues, as well as an array of comfort and convenience features.
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For 2018, the QX30 is available in six models – base QX30, QX30 Luxury, QX30 Sport (my tester, $38,500), QX30 Premium, QX30 Luxury AWD, and QX30 Premium AWD – priced from $29,950 to $39,500.
A 208-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard across the line, engineered for responsive performance and enhanced fuel efficiency. It’s EPA rated for 24 mpg city/33 highway/27 combined, using lightweight aluminum for weight savings and reduced friction. An idle stop-start system also helps improve efficiency. AWD models are rated for 21 mpg city, 30 highway.
All models have a standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission system, which pre-selects gears in preparation for the next shift for seamless acceleration at any speed. Manual mode allows the driver to control gear changes if desired, with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Drive Mode Selection also has Sport and Eco modes. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive available on two models.
QX30’s dramatic curves and sculpted character lines make a bold statement uncommon in the crossover segment. Signature LED daytime running lights and auto on/off halogen headlights with auto high/low beam function are standard, while LED headlights with Active Front Lighting System (illuminates around corners and turns) are available in a package ($1,000) along with enhanced LED interior ambient lighting (front footwell area) and LED illumination for the opening of the integrated headrest of the Sport front seats.
A panoramic moon roof with power sunshade, and roof rails are also available for select models.
My QX30 Sport had unique front and lower fascias, a gloss-black double-arch grille with three-dimensional mesh, body-color side-sill panels, chrome trunk finisher, dark chrome exhaust finishers on the dual exhausts set in gloss black, and unique 19-inch gun metallic aluminum-alloy wheels with summer run-flat tires.
Cross-drilled front brakes and Infiniti-branded calipers peeked between the spokes. The wheels were striking, with five split spokes forming a plump star pattern.
Sport also has a slightly lower ride height (0.6-inches) than other QX30 FWD models, thanks to the lowered sport-tuned suspension.
The lines of the grille flowed into the headlights, up the double-wave hood, over the deeply sculpted fenders, along the body side, into the strong rear shoulders giving the vehicle an organic shape. Infiniti’s signature crescent C-pillar emphasized the feeling of movement, even when standing still.
The double-pane panoramic roof was included, along with LED fog lights, heated black exterior mirrors with puddle lights, a flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminum pedal finishers with rubber treads, Intelligent Park Assist, Bose audio with 10 speakers, HD/AM/FM/CD/SAT and two USB ports (allow charging while listening to music on a USB stick or drive), memory seats and mirrors, and around view monitor with moving object detection.
Leatherette and black suede-like seating surfaces are standard, replaced in my QX30 by a sport leather package ($1,500), including Nappa leather seating, heated front seats, and graphite suede-like material headliner and A-pillars. The dash and doors kept the stitched graphite leatherette.
Intelligent Park Assist uses sensors to determine whether a potential parking space is suitable. The driver presses a button to select the space and operates the accelerator, shifter and brake pedal, while Park Assist turns the wheels to park smoothly in reverse-in or parallel parking spots.
Nine exterior colors are available: black obsidian, blade silver (mine), chestnut bronze, graphite shadow, ink blue, malbec black, magnetic red, liquid copper ($500), and majestic white ($500).
Two interiors are offered for the Sport model: Graphite suede-like material (Fibretec) with leatherette and gloss black lacquer trim, and graphite nappa leather with gloss black trim, which required the addition of the leather package and a navigation package including Infiniti InTouch Navigation and InTouch Services, and a color center meter display.
InTouch, with safety, security, and convenience services, had a 7.0-inch screen with finger touch and swipe control, along with voice recognition for audio and navigation, buttons on the center stack, and a center console controller knob and buttons for most other functions. SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link provided access to weather, fuel prices, sports, stocks, and movie times.
Services include automatic collision notification, SOS emergency call, enhanced roadside assistance, stolen-vehicle report, alarm notification, My Schedule (Google Calendar), vehicle health report, scheduled maintenance notification/alert, remote door lock/unlock, remote horn and lights, remote engine start/stop, and hands-free text messaging assistant.
InTuition utilizes a customizable digital environment to store and provide a variety of settings and driving characteristics to the intelligent key.
The intelligent key performs several personalized functions without being removed from a pocket or purse. Pressing the switch on the driver’s door positions the seat, steering wheel, and side mirrors, and adjusts climate settings, stereo presets, touch-screen organization, and drive modes.
The interior was as bold as the exterior, with asymmetric surfaces featuring wave shapes and lines flowing away from the driver. Light moving over the sculpted lines and different materials gave the cabin an “in-motion” feel.
Comfort was guaranteed with an advanced seat design in the front Sport seats using “Zero Gravity” technology and Infiniti’s spinal support research, which matches the seatback to the curvature of the spine for consistent support.
The folding rear seat was comfortable, although without the Zero Gravity technology, and the 60/40 seatbacks folded nearly flat for lots of cargo space. Front passengers had 41.3 inches of legroom, while rear passengers had 33.5 inches.
With the seat upright, cargo volume is 19.3 cubic feet, and with the seatbacks totally folded, cargo volume goes up to 34.0 cubic feet. We packed the rear to the roof with a room full of garment racks, several full garment bags, tables, a pop-up canopy, a pop-up cabana, and more.
Bluetooth hands-free phone system and streaming audio is standard, along with three 12-volt power outlets (center console, rear of console, and cargo area), intelligent key, and dual zone automatic temperature control with rear-seat vents on the console.
Safety and security concerns begin with zone body construction with a reinforced passenger compartment, and front and rear crumple zones. Dual-stage front air bags with occupant classification, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, roof-mounted side-curtain air bags with rollover sensor, and front knee air bags provide a cocoon in the cabin.
A sport technology package ($1,200) included advanced safety technology such as forward emergency braking, blind spot warning, intelligent cruise control, high beam assist, and lane departure warning. Radiant illuminated kick plates, Infiniti branded, added $465.
In addition, the QX30’s cabin was quiet, thanks to the extensive application of sound-absorbing materials to reduce wind, road and engine noise intrusion.
My QX30 Sport was fun to drive, ideal for urban (taking care of business), suburban (local errands), and winding rural roads (road trip!), comfortable for all passengers, very attractive and attention-grabbing, and versatile for all hauling needs.
With $4,165 in options and $995 destination charges added to the $38,500 base price, my QX30 delivered for $43,660.
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