2017 Infiniti QX30 GT road test and review…
I’ve made no bones about what think about compact crossover SUVs and their place in the market.
It beggars belief to me why they are a consideration amongst buyers and more so now that they are growing in popularity. But each to their own.
Having said that, I found the Infiniti QX30 really grew on me during a week of cruising around.
Its drive, refinement, and overall presentation impressed.
This compact crossover doesn’t even appear to be an SUV at first glance, slightly longer than a hatchback, and not noticeably taller than a sedan.
But it does ride higher and looks more burly with 18” alloy wheels.
It’s easy on the eye too with a sporty profile, cool curves and swage lines, and a grille and bonnet features distinctly Infiniti.
In my hot little hands was the lesser of the two grades, the Infiniti QX30 GT, a seven-speed automatic with a dual clutch, all-wheel drive and a feisty 2.0L turbo engine under the hood.
With a peak of 155kW and 350Nm, acceleration isn’t in your face so to speak, but power is available if you need it.
Obviously the motor is more responsive when you shift it into the sport mode but the engine does sound laborious and works hard for the extra punch.
Still the ride is stable and easy to handle with a quiet cabin.
The interior is no roomier than a sedan/hatch, but it was nonetheless comfortable, classy and inviting what with more curvy highlights, a leather steering wheel, rocker style gear shift and console control dial.
The QX30 GT only comes with fabric seats, manual climate control and the instrument cluster is a bit simple in design, mind you the fit and finish is up to standard and exemplified by things like a solid door close.
A few little quirks in the small SUV are the electric park brake located on the right hand side of the steering wheel much like in a Mercedes-Benz (who coincidentally was involved with the development).
Other interesting bits and pieces included the key FOB that you have to rotate in the ignition like a standard key and the adjustable under leg support that is controlled via a large dial pivoting the front part of the seat up and down.
It does come with an above average 4 year, 100,000km warranty however an upgraded 5 year warranty plus on roads costs on being offered now but only till the end of this month.
No ANCAP safety rating for the QX30 as it is yet to be tested though it is fitted with forward a collision warning system with braking.
Though this isn’t the case in the QX30 Premium.
This luxury compact SUV will set you back $48,900 while the Premium comes in at $56,900.24
Though not in a segment I deem necessary, the Infiniti QX30 is a well constructed crossover that is stylish, handles nicely and is properly equipped for long distance or city driving.
NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Infiniti QX30 GT
Engine: 2.0L turbo petrol producing 155kW and 350Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed sports auto dual clutch
Warranty: 4 Year/100,000km
Safety: Not yet tested
Origin: United Kingdom
Price: From $48,900