2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for November 2017
by Brent Romans, Senior Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
We added a decent chunk of miles to our 2017 Infiniti QX30 this month. Josh Sadlier drove it up to Northern California for a golfing trip, and I took my family to visit relatives for Thanksgiving. The combination, plus our normal commuting, gave us about 2,000 more miles on the odometer. Our QX30 earned favorable comments overall about the way it drives and looks, but its infotainment interface drew plenty of ire this month.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
A lot of our mileage this month came from highway driving. As such, the QX30 averaged 27.2 mpg for the month, which helped bump up our overall average to 24.1 mpg (up from 23.6 mpg from last month).
Average lifetime mpg: 24.1
EPA mpg rating: 25 combined (21 city/30 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 30.9
Best range: 411.7 miles
Current odometer: 13,102 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"You know, our long-term Infiniti QX30 is pretty fun to hustle along a curvy road. It responds quickly to your steering wheel inputs and stays planted and solid as you transition from turn to turn. There's suitable grip from the tires, too. I'm impressed." — Brent Romans, senior editor
"I am officially the mayor of QX30-ville, having driven our copper-pink cutie to Oregon in July and now Northern California in early November. Roughly 25 percent of the Q's current 12,000 miles or so (as of mid-November) have been recorded on my watch. Familiarity has not bred contempt. I like the punch and refinement of the Mercedes turbo under the hood, and the car's high-speed comportment likewise speaks to its German rearing."— Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"One thing that concerns me a bit is the transmission. At throttle tip-in, it makes all this noise before actually engaging, kind of like a little kid making motorboat noises in the bathtub. And then, nothing. The responsiveness here is overly slow, at least in the default Eco mode. I know it's done for efficiency sake, but it's still rather aggravating." — Abigail Bassett, senior director video and social media
"The interior leather is soft and feels very high-quality. There just isn't much room for things like purses, and there is no sunglass holder in the visor. I need a place to put my sunglasses. But aside from the sunglass issue, I love this car!" — Laurel Carden, social media manager
"The QX30's cabin takes getting used to. My personal car is a midsize sedan, and the QX30 feels cramped and small in comparison. But after a while the tight space grew on me. You have to remember what it is and remember that the cramped space is a result of the QX30's sleek design, which I happen to like." — Laurel Carden
"The audio controls are not very well laid out, and you can't skip tracks from the steering wheel unless you have the gauge cluster display set to music rather than the trip computer or distance-to-empty info or anything else actually useful. Infiniti's infotainment definitely feels stuck in the last generation."— Will Kaufman, associate writer
"The more I drive our QX30, the more I get annoyed with its infotainment interface. Some physical buttons for the system are located on the dash, while others are next to the console-mounted knob controller. Using that controller to select items on the touchscreen display often isn't intuitive. You can use the touchscreen as a work-around, but the whole experience just seems like a hodgepodge of control interfaces that aren't harmonized. Oh, it would also be preferable if the system remembered what screen (e.g., radio) you were on when you last drove the car rather than defaulting to a map display at startup."— Brent Romans
"Sound quality for the 10-speaker Bose sound system in our QX30 is solid. I like its staging and balanced output. It's not going to blow you away with awesomeness, but it's noticeably better than a standard system. It comes standard on the Premium and Sport trim levels."— Brent Romans
"I've noticed that the overly sensitive blind-spot monitoring system will sometimes alert the driver to cars that are two lanes over. The same goes for any of the parking sensors. I have a narrow driveway and, without fail, every single time I pull in the alarms go off. At first it's nerve-wracking, then you get used to it and ignore it (which is totally not the point of the sensors in the first place). I wish automakers would allow us to dial in the sensitivity instead of offering a one-size-fits-all because in major cities like L.A. and New York supersensitive blind-spot monitors and parking sensors are the absolute bane of daily commutes."— Abigail Bassett
"Infiniti lists the QX30's cargo space at 19.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 34 cubic feet when folded. That's not a whole lot. Then again, subcompact luxury crossover SUVs aren't really known for expansive storage capacities. Two real-world-use examples: 1) for a Thanksgiving holiday road trip, I fit two medium suitcases, one small one, two duffel bags and a laptop bag behind the rear seats; 2) after Thanksgiving, I used the QX30 to move some Christmas-related boxes out of storage by folding down the rear seats. Overall, I think the QX30 is fine for occasional cargo hauling as long as your expectations are low." — Brent Romans
"The color of the QX30 is pretty polarizing. Many in the office hate it while I have to say I like it quite a bit. I'm a fan of rose gold — it hits the right spot, and I've heard a ton of compliments on it, specifically from random women walking by, either in Palos Verdes or on Sunset Boulevard.
"I do wish I could see it in other colors, though. I think the exterior styling is really great, especially for a small compact crossover. I would love to know what it looks like in black or red in the real world and not just from Infiniti's online configurator. I just haven't seen any other QX30s on the road."— Abigail Bassett
"Whenever I get out of the QX30 and into my own four-door 2013 Volkswagen GTI, I'm struck by the VW's superior packaging. Despite its smaller footprint, it's got a more spacious back seat and comparable real-world cargo-carrying capability. And don't get me started on how much better VW's DSG is than the Mercedes dual-clutch automatic transmission that does duty in the Q.
"I get the appeal of the Infiniti's elevated driving position and all-wheel drive, but if those two features aren't absolute gotta-haves, I'd strongly recommend considering the current GTI instead. Or if you need AWD, try the Golf R. At the end of the day, we're just talking about upscale hatchbacks here, and there's no reason to compromise on cabin space and all-around performance if you don't have to." — Josh Sadlier