To Infiniti and Beyond: 2018 Infiniti QX30 Proves a Capable Entry-Level Premium Crossover [Review]


2018 Infiniti QX30
[Photo: Arv Voss]


The 2018 Infiniti QX30, now in its second generation, continues with a category-defying image. This small crossover displays a dramatic curvaciousness with swirling, sculpted character lines that stir the emotions, showcasing new dynamic shapes for a more purposeful appearance. Standard exterior features include signature LED daytime running lights and auto on/off halogen headlights. LED headlights are available with an Active Front Lighting System and an auto high/low beam function. A panoramic moonroof and roof rails are available as options.

Infiniti offers the QX30 in four trim levels. Following the base model, there’s the more upscale Luxury trim. For those who want a more enthusiast-focused flavor, there’s a QX30 Sport. Finally, there’s the top-of-the-line QX30 Premium model. You can also order Luxury and Premium with Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, making for a total of six different models.

The overall design combines a low, sleek roofline with a high, crossover stance, creating a striking visual impact. Up front are Infiniti’s signature double-arch grille with three-dimensional mesh panels and a double-wave aluminum hood. The QX30 profile showcases deeply sculpted fenders and bodysides along with slim A-pillars and crescent-cut C-pillars.

The exterior of the QX30 Sport includes unique front and rear lower fascias. There’s a gloss-black grille, body-color sill panels, a chrome trunk finisher, dark chrome exhaust tips and special 19-inch Gun Metallic aluminum-alloy wheels. It also features a slightly lower ride height than the other QX30 FWD models.

2018 Infiniti QX30
[Photo: Arv Voss]


The exterior’s bold styling statement continues with the interior, which projects a modern and dynamic expression. All Infiniti QX30 models offer all the standard convenience and connectivity features you’d expect. You also get Infiniti’s Intelligent Key, three 12-volt power outlets and Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control with rear passenger vents. The 2018 Infiniti QX30 Sport features an Intelligent Park Assist system, which allows the vehicle to smoothly park itself in parallel or reverse-in parking spots. The system is also available on QX30 Premium models as part of the optional Technology Package.

Advanced audio, navigation and connectivity systems are also available, including a Bose 10-speaker audio system. There’s also SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth audio streaming, all controllable by voice. Infiniti also includes SiriusXM Travel Link as standard for four years, with access to weather, fuel prices, stocks, sports and movie times for.

Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system provides a user-friendly finger touch and swipe control through a 7.0-inch touchscreen interface. Other optionally available technology includes the Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and Intelligent Cruise Control.

The 2018 Infiniti QX30 hosts a wave of Safety Shield features. You get Infiniti’s Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front airbags, for a start. Then there’s front seat and roof-mounted side impact airbags, as well as knee airbags. Options include Forward Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, and Lane Departure Warning.

My test Infiniti QX30 was a Premium FWD model, with a base MSRP of $35,300. This car included a wave of options, including the Gallery White Theme Package, Technology Package, Navigation Package, LED Package, and Radiant Illuminated Kick Plates. Including destination charges, the total price rose to $43,560. The exterior finish was Magnetic Red Metallic, while the interior was done in white Nappa leather with black accents and red contrast stitching.

2018 Infiniti QX30
[Photo: Infiniti]


Power for the Infiniti QX30 lineup is delivered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, direct-injected inline-four engine. Featuring idle stop/start technology, this efficient four-banger makes 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That power is routed through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Depending on which sort of driving you fancy, there are three drive moves (Eco, Sport, Manual) and steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.

The 2018 Infiniti QX30’s four-cylinder engine is ideally suited, delivering a satisfying power level and energetic acceleration on demand. The 7-speed DCT auto gearbox with its drive mode selector and paddle shifters does its job nicely, whether you’re looking for spirited or relaxed driving.

The handling characteristics lean to the sporty side of the chart, with a pleasing on-center feel. On the flip side, the ride quality falls into the firm category. However, it’s by no means uncomfortable.


The 2018 Infiniti QX30’s interior ambiance is outstanding. It nicely rounds out the swoopy nature of the car’s exterior aura. Versatility is good thanks to 60/40-split rear seats and a rear center armrest pass-through. Three 12-volt power outlets conveniently placed throughout the cabin can help keep all your devices charged on the move. The multiple camera views available with the Around View Monitor are exceptionally handy when parking.

The QX30 serves up a balance of coupe sportiness and crossover utility. This car offers a right-sized solution for smaller families compared to its stablemates, which are respectively medium and humongous in size, purpose and functionality. Due to the QX30’s smaller size, second row passengers will experience limited leg room when seated behind tall front seat occupants. However, an ideal driving position is readily obtainable in the QX30 thanks to infinitely adjustable seats.

All in all, the 2018 Infiniti QX30 2.0t Premium is perfectly capable of doing yeoman’s duty as a small crossover and is ideal for a small family or active solo owner. Check out our video covering everything you’d want to know about the Infiniti QX30. Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow on YouTube for the latest videos on your favorite new models!

SPECIFICATIONS: 2018 Infiniti QX30 2.0t Premium FWD

On Sale: Now
Base MSRP: $35,300
Price as Tested: $43,560
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder w/ direct fuel injection and idle stop/start
Drivetrain (Layout): Transversely-mounted front engine, front-wheel drive
Horsepower: 208 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1,200-4,400 RPM
Transmission: Seven-speed dual clutch automatic w/ drive mode selector (Eco, Sport, Manual) and paddle shifters
Suspension: Front: MacPherson strut w/ twin-tube shock absorbers and 23 mm stabilizer bar

Rear: Multi-link independent, monotube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar

Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel discs (vented front) w/ ABS, EBD and Brake Assist
Tires: Continental ProContact TX SSR P235/50 R18 95H
Fuel capacity: 14.8 gallons
Fuel economy (EPA): 24 City/33 Highway/27 Combined MPG
Drag Coefficient: 0.32


Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
Length:  174.2 inches
Width: 82.0 inches (including mirrors)
Height:  59.4 inches (including roof rack)
Turning Circle: 37.3 feet
Curb Weight: 3,346 pounds