2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for April 2018
by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations
Where Did We Drive It?
The small proportions of our 2017 Infiniti QX30 are best suited for life as a city dweller, the role it fulfilled for most of April. Halfway through the month, we broke up the monotony of putting around town and office commuting with a 270-mile road trip south to San Diego.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We traveled just under 1,000 miles in the QX30 in April. Four weeks of local errand-running dropped our lifetime fuel economy average by one-tenth, to 23.7 mpg. This is likely where it will remain as our long-term test draws to a close.
Average lifetime mpg: 23.7
EPA mpg rating: 25 combined (21 city/30 highway)
Best fill mpg: 30.9
Best range: 411.7 miles
Current odometer: 16,513 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
The owner's manual recommends following the onboard oil monitor. It says we won't need service until the 20,000-mile mark. The manual suggests an interval of 16,000 miles or one year. Since we've reached both the mileage and time intervals, we'll make an appointment.
"The QX30's copper pink paint doesn't do it any favors around here, but there's a satisfying little car underneath that nail-polish veneer. The Mercedes-sourced turbocharged four-cylinder engine is spirited and capable, and while I don't love Benz's dual-clutch transmission (VW/Audi does it so much better), I wouldn't consider it a deal-breaker either.
"I often end up comparing the QX to my own 2013 Volkswagen GTI, as they're similar in size and provenance, and the Infiniti holds its own. I prefer to sit lower to the ground with a manual transmission and a bigger back seat, so I'll keep the GTI. But if you're looking for a high-riding hatchback with available all-wheel drive, the QX30 delivers the goods with a welcome dose of that German driving character." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"The QX30 is a great cruising car in open, flowing traffic. It has nice balance, feels sturdy and is pretty comfortable for two-hour drives. One place that didn't instill confidence was in slow, heavy traffic. The dual-clutch transmission has a noticeable lag when you want to get on the gas. I'm sure that's not a big deal for people, but for quick maneuvering moments, I don't like the extra second needed for a response." — Rich Kuras, content strategist
"The central infotainment screen in the QX30 is Infiniti's standard corporate unit, which means it hasn't changed much over the past decade. Maybe it was cool in 2008, but it's sorely outdated by today's standards and takes a significant bite out of the QX30's appeal. I generally like how the QX drives, but that's the Mercedes part. It's on Infiniti to match those Teutonic driving dynamics with delightful cabin technology.
"Unfortunately, there's nothing delightful about the infotainment interface. Maybe Infiniti should have paid Mercedes a little extra to get the superior COMAND interface from the GLA. Or maybe it tried and Mercedes declined." — Josh Sadlier
"As a driver, you are responsible for controlling your vehicle and being attentive at all times. This includes when radar cruise control is active. I'm happy I was alert because the QX30's Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) almost sped me into another car during a merge on the 110 freeway. The car in front of me moved to the right lane and another car moved quickly into its vacated spot. In that fraction of a second, ICC saw daylight and the QX30 sped up. I anticipated the other driver's actions and calmly deactivated ICC by tapping the brakes.
"These systems are just driver aids and not a reason to tune out. This now ends our public service announcement. The More You Know ... *flying star*." — Rex Tokeshi-Torres, vehicle testing technician
"Why does the Infiniti's door lock plunger look like my missing K'nex piece?" — Cameron Rogers, staff writer
"The Liquid Copper paint color on our QX30 has been very polarizing. You either love it or hate it, with most around the Edmunds office leaning toward the latter. If you're into rose gold iPhones, you'll love it. If I was buying this car, my choice would absolutely be Ink Blue. It's a deep blue that can look purple at times.
"Not surprisingly, these are both among the rarest QX30 colors. I did a quick inventory search and within a 500-mile radius only found eight Liquid Copper models. Ink Blue and Chestnut Bronze were tied for the second-rarest, with only 22 models within a 500-mile radius. If you're curious, Majestic White was the most plentiful color, with 64 available within the same radius." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor