Used 2019 INFINITI QX30
Pros & Cons
- Strong acceleration and sharp handling
- High-quality interior materials
- Powerful and confident brakes
- Interior controls are easy to locate and use
- The sporty suspension compromises ride comfort
- Drive modes are either laggy or frenetic
- Interior quarters are cramped, especially for rear passengers
- Offers less usable cargo space than competitors
Which QX30 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating6.9 / 10
When it first arrived two years ago, the Infiniti QX30 was a curiosity. Was it an SUV? A hatchback? A shrunken four-door "coupe," as was (and still is) the sedan trend du jour? It turns out that the 2019 Infiniti QX30 is a bit of everything.
Drivers who value a sporty driving experience will appreciate the QX30's small footprint, sharp handling and quick acceleration. The QX's hatchback design, which provides more cargo space compared to a traditional subcompact sedan, will appeal to those who prize practicality. And those who seek premium cabin design and materials will be satisfied with the QX's interior materials and craftsmanship.
Much of the above can be credited to the QX30's heritage. Built in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, the QX30 uses Mercedes power and chassis design shared with Benz's own GLA. The QX benefits from in-house suspension tuning that yields a slightly smoother ride than the Mercedes but only by a small margin. This suspension is still buttoned-down, trying to charm you with athleticism rather than elegance. The same can be said for transmission behavior. Although Infiniti engineers programmed their own preferences, gear shifts often feel awkward and mistimed, just like they do in the GLA.
There's also no getting around the QX30's coupe-like design, which, while it looks good to us, doesn't make for the roomiest or most ergonomically optimized cabin. Nor does it make getting a good look at surrounding traffic any easier; visibility out the back and to the sides is compromised. As a result, it makes sense to consider a trim level that offers a variety of driver aids, especially blind-spot monitoring.
The QX30 is a good pick for drivers seeking a small, sporty ride that's compact enough for narrow streets or tight parking spaces but large enough for a few friends or weekend gear. There's also a handful of luxury interior features. It costs less than most of its rivals, including those from Mini, BMW and its Mercedes counterpart, while also offering a longer warranty on engine and transmission components.
What's it like to live with?
Edmunds' editorial team acquired and lived with a Infiniti QX30 Premium for a full year, logging 18,000 miles. We found the QX30 to be quick and entertaining to drive, but it came up short on comfort. Check out our QX30 long-term test to get the whole story. Note that while we tested a 2017 model, the QX30 hasn't changed and all of our observations still apply.
INFINITI QX30 models
The 2019 Infiniti QX30 is available in Pure, Luxe, Sport and Essential trim levels. All are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (208 horsepower, 258 pound-feet) that's connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional for the Luxe and Essential trims.
Standard features on the Pure include 18-inch wheels, all-season run-flat tires, keyless entry and ignition, transmission paddle shifters, cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats with power lumbar, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 60/40-split fold rear seatbacks.
Standard tech features include a 7-inch Infiniti InTouch infotainment system, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is also standard this year.
The Luxe adds a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, simulated-leather upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, a rear-seat armrest, a rear-seat pass-through, driver-seat memory functions, and a stitched-leather dash insert.
Moving up to the Essential trim adds adaptive LED headlights, LED foglights, exterior chrome accents, automatic windshield wipers with heated washer nozzles, and a premium 10-speaker Bose audio system. A blind-spot monitoring system is also included.
Options for the Luxe and Essential trims include 19-inch wheels and the Navigation package, which bundles navigation, Infiniti telematics services, a surround-view camera system, and front and rear parking sensors. The Essential can also be equipped with the ProAssist package, which includes driver aids such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and a self-parking system.
Infiniti also offers the QX30 Sport trim. It is front-wheel-drive only and comes with a lowered and sport-tuned suspension. It bundles most of the features and options of the lower trims with 19-inch alloy wheels, run-flat high-performance tires, unique exterior accents, front sport seats (with simulated-suede and faux-leather upholstery), a simulated-suede headliner, and aluminum pedals.
The Navigation package is also available for the Sport, as is full leather seating and the ProAssist package. A City Black package gives the Sport a Gotham-esque feel with special wheels and black and purple interior trim details.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 7-speed dual-clutch automatic | AWD).
Note: Since this test was conducted in 2017, the QX30 has received some minor revisions, including revised trim level names. The previous Premium trim is equivalent to the current Essential trim, and our observations still apply to this year's QX30.
|Overall||6.9 / 10|
Noise & vibration7.0
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out6.0
Child safety seat accommodation7.0
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- Around View Monitor
- Displays a virtual 360-degree view of your surroundings and will detect moving objects and alert you of their location in the screen image.
- Intelligent Cruise Control
- Adjusts your cruise speed automatically in slowing traffic and will bring you back up to your preset speed limit and distance.
- Forward Emergency Braking
- Alerts the driver and applies partial to full braking to assist in slowing the vehicle down, mitigating damage or avoiding a collision.
Infiniti QX30 vs. the competition
2019 Infiniti QX30
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Infiniti QX30 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Comparing these two is a bit like comparing rival siblings. The QX30 and the Benz are built from the same parts through a Nissan and Mercedes partnership. Short length, sharp suspension tuning and robust turbo engines make both a genuine hoot to drive, especially around tight turns and corners. The Benz offers a better interior overall, especially compared to the Infiniti's increasingly dated infotainment system, but the QX30 offers smoother ride quality.
Infiniti QX30 vs. Lexus UX 200
The Lexus is one of the newest arrivals in the subcompact SUV segment, and it brings with it the signature Lexus comfortable ride and quiet cabin. Compared to the QX30, the UX is far more sedate, although it's capable of taking a turn with a measure of gusto. The available hybrid is even better. The UX's power falls far short of the QX30's, however, and you need to drive it a bit more deliberately to extract the power that it does offer.
Infiniti QX30 vs. Acura RDX
The RDX costs about the same as the QX30, but it's quite a bit larger. That translates into more passenger and cargo room. If you're looking for more utility for the same money, the RDX makes sense. The Acura delivers a luxury-level interior on par with the QX30 but with better infotainment. And despite its larger size, the RDX is every bit the athlete that the QX30 is. If you need a smaller, city-friendly SUV, the QX30 is the better choice.
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What's new in the 2019 INFINITI QX30?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 INFINITI QX30:
- Forward collision mitigation now standard on all trims
- Updated trim level names: Pure, Luxe, Sport and Essential
- Panoramic sunroof now standard on Luxe and above
- Part of the first Infiniti QX30 generation introduced for 2017
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How much should I pay for a 2019 INFINITI QX30?
The least-expensive 2019 INFINITI QX30 is the 2019 INFINITI QX30 PURE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $30,250.
Other versions include:
- LUXE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $33,100
- ESSENTIAL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $41,500
- ESSENTIAL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $39,300
- SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $40,200
- PURE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $30,250
- LUXE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $35,100