The 2018 Infiniti QX30 subcompact crossover SUV is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with an output of 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. That is mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and feeds power to either the front wheels only or to all four wheels. With the four-cylinder powerplant of the Essential trim, there was an immediate response when choosing the sporty S or M modes. It took seven seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill, which performed decently in its category. The transmission wasn’t smooth unless choosing a sporty driving mode, where it felt more urgent to cooperate. The all-wheel drive was beneficial to the handling because there was more than enough grip to remain on the lane. Body roll was kept to a minimum and it was agile through the corners. The steering was responsive and changing direction was almost effortless. The effort required to steer was balanced although the feedback from the pavement could be improved. The brakes simply inspired confidence because there was a linear stopping force and no excessive movement when suddenly braking. It took 109 feet to stop from 60 mph, which was above average in its category. The pedal was firm and managing the bite from the calipers felt intuitive.
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The base Pure trim comes standard with front-wheel drive, LED running lights, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, power-adjustable lumbar support for the front seats, Bluetooth, voice commands, satellite radio, HD radio, two USB ports, an auxiliary audio port and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker sound system. The Luxe trim adds power-adjustable heated front seats, driver seat memory settings, and advanced safety and driver aids. All-wheel drive is optional. The Essential trim adds LED foglights, rain-activated wipers, and an upgraded 10-speaker Bose sound system. All-wheel drive is optional. The Navigation package includes navigation, a driver information color display, satellite traffic and weather information, and several advanced safety and driver aids. The LED package includes adaptive LED headlights and interior LED lighting. The Technology package included additional advanced safety and driver aids. The range-topping Sport trim is front-wheel drive only and includes a sport-tuned suspension, a flat-bottom steering wheel and the contents of the Navigation, LED, and Technology package. The Sport Leather package adds heated front seats, footwell lights, and interior upgrades.
The 2018 QX30 had not been tested by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) yet. Advanced safety and driver aids that come standard with the base trim of the crossover only include a rearview camera. More features are added to higher trim levels and they include, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera system, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and park assist. So, if you want to make the most out of the QX30's safety features, do not settle for the base trim.
The 2018 QX30 has a length of 174.2 inches, a width of 82 inches, a height of 58.9 inches, and a wheelbase of 106.3 inches. There is an aerodynamic theme in the overall aesthetic and is reminiscent of a concept car. The front fascia is dominated by a central grille that flanked by sleek headlights. The rear resembles a hatchback because of its sloping roofline. The base trim starts with 18-inch wheels and 19-inch wheels only become available with the Essential trim. The sunroof also only becomes available with the Essential trim. The Sport trim comes with its own front and rear bumper, which are slightly different from the other trims.
The ride height was low but the lower roofline meant that ducking the head was necessary when entering. There are two rows of seats that can fit up to five people inside. The front row had more legroom and headroom than the second row, but the second row had the legs against the front seats and the head almost touching the sunroof. The seats were firm but did not feel uncomfortable during long drives. The front seats had a well-shaped lateral support but the rear seats were flat. The leather upholstery was tight and there was no slack in the seats. The interior amenities looked and felt premium with their well-built parts and organized layout. The ride quality was firm and it was shaky when driving over rough patches on the pavement. Impacts weren’t dampened as much and it can be unsettling inside the cabin. Wind noise was audible from the front row but the interior ambiance still felt relaxed even driving on the highway.
There is 19.2 cu-ft of space behind the second row of seats and folding them down opens up 34 cu-ft of space that is available for cargo.