The 2017 Infiniti QX30 has a Mercedes-Benz-sourced 208 horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 258 lb-ft of torque. On the test car, that power is distributed to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Compared to small crossovers like the Lexus NX, Audi Q3 and BMW X1, the 2017 Infiniti QX30 looks like, and is, a small ride.
Internally, it’s a beauty to behold and a pain to get comfortable in, if you’re tall. The back seats are particularly tight with a seating position that would only please young children. The trunk is tiny, too.
Still, driving the 2017 Infiniti QX30 on the track is downright fun. It’s a vehicle that rewards if you’re serious about handling performance. While its a kissing cousin to the Mercedes-Benz GLA, it drives completely differently with an emphasis on cornering prowess.
In this video, you’ll see a few attempts at reaching 60 mph as quickly as possible. I used all three modes (sport, economy and manual) with mixed results. While the high elevation of our testing track at over 5,300 feet above sea level. killed a little bit of power, the 2017 Infiniti QX30 proved swift all the same.
Keep an eye out for a mashup between this 2017 Infiniti QX30 and the Lexus NX300h in the near future!