Review and Test Drive: 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport

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Everyone who drove the QX30 felt that it was extremely well-mannered, perhaps more so than its Mercedes-Benz GLA cousin. We liked the steering feel, there was ample feedback provided to the driver, and the suspension soaked up the less-than-stellar potholes New York City is blessed with year round. Applying one’s right foot to the accelerator pedal provides an immediate response that seemed smoother than the Benz.

The Sport Technology Package provides a variety of driver-assistance technologies including blind-sport warning, lane-departure warning, emergency braking, radar cruise control, and automatic high beams. We found that Infiniti’s driver-assistance tools worked quite well, emitted very few false alarms if any, and added to overall driver confidence.

The Sport LED Package adds LED headlamps that do a brilliant job of lighting up the road without blinding oncoming traffic. The reason for this is the Active Front Lighting System that uses vehicle speed and steering wheel angle to direct the headlamps for optimum road illumination.

BOTTOM LINE

Infiniti engineers told us that this car is aimed towards a younger crowd and if this doesn’t excite people for the brand, I’m not sure what will. With a relatively low entry price, in the mid $30,000s, it’s competitive with the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1 and stands out for its avant-garde styling and its poise and polish.

THE DETAILS

2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport
Base price/price-as-tested $38,500/$43,735
Drivetrain Front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine 2.0-liter inline four
Horsepower/Torque 208 / 258
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Curb weight (lbs) 3,475
Wheelbase (inches) 106.3
Length x width x height (inches) 174.2 x 71.1 x 59.7
0-60 mph (seconds) (est.) 6.3
Fuel economy (mpg) (city/hwy) 24/33

 

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