Attractive and Fun to Drive, but is it Really an SUV?
We Like: The looks, inside and out, plus the way it drives.
We Don’t Like: It’s neither an SUV nor an Infiniti.
There are two big reasons why the Infiniti QX30 is not our 2017 SUV of the Year. One, it’s not even close to being an SUV; it’s a lifted hatchback. Two, it’s not an Infiniti.
“I pulled up next to a Lexus CT 200h and was dead even in height,” Scott Evans said. “This is a hatchback with an AWD option, not a crossover.” From Christian Seabaugh: “C’mon now—this is a car.”
Just because a vehicle isn’t an SUV doesn’t mean we can’t like it. “Wow, this thing drives like the car it is,” Frank Markus said. “Nice low center of gravity, nice grippy tires, and lots of fun to throw around.” See? We like the QX30.
Why might that be? Because underneath all that badging, the QX30 is a Mercedes-Benz. A GLA250 to be precise. Literally, Infiniti took the GLA’s platform and wrapped some Shiro Nakamura–approved sheetmetal around it. The engine is the same transverse turbo 2.0-liter I-4 you’ll find in several Mercedes products. Same for the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission; it’s the same as the Benz.
At least it looks good. Jason Cammisa called it a “pretty little hot hatch with an interior nicer than the BMW X1’s,” and we all mostly agree. In fact, both the exterior and the interior look better than the GLA the QX30 is based on—although back-seat space in the Infiniti definitely gets a failing grade.
Angus MacKenzie called it “a clever and visually arresting re-skin.” But he also said that “that means beyond executing the sheetmetal, any fundamental engineering excellence is Daimler’s, not Nissan’s.” And by Nissan, MacKenzie meant Infiniti. You see the problem?
2017 Motor Trend SUV of the Year Contenders:
- Acura MDX
- BMW X1
- Cadillac XT5
- Ford Escape
- Kia Sportage
- Lexus LX 570
- Lexus RX
- Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
- Nissan Armada
- Toyota Highlander SE
- Toyota Land Cruiser
- Toyota RAV4
|2017 Infiniti QX30S 2.0t|
|DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT||Front-engine, FWD|
|ENGINE TYPE||Turbocharged I-4 alum block/head|
|VALVETRAIN||DOHC, 4 valves/cyl|
|DISPLACEMENT||121.5 cu in/1,991 cc|
|POWER (SAE NET)||208 hp @ 5,500 rpm|
|TORQUE (SAE NET)||258 lb-ft @ 1,200 rpm|
|WEIGHT TO POWER||16.0 lb/hp|
|TRANSMISSION||7-speed twin-clutch auto.|
|SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR||Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar|
|BRAKES, F; R||12.6-in vented, drilled disc; 11.6-in disc, ABS|
|WHEELS, F;R||8.0 x 19 in cast aluminum|
|TIRES, F;R||235/45R19 95V Goodyear Efficient Grip (run flat)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||174.2 x 71.1 x 58.1 in|
|GROUND CLEARANCE||6.1 in|
|APPRCH/DEPART ANGLE||14.6/27.0 deg|
|TURNING CIRCLE||37.3 ft|
|CURB WEIGHT||3,330 lb|
|WEIGHT DIST, F/R||62/38%|
|TOWING CAPACITY||Not rated|
|HEADROOM, F/R||38.4/37.5/— in|
|LEGROOM, F/R||41.3/33.5/— in|
|SHOULDER ROOM, F/R||54.8/53.1/— in|
|CARGO VOLUME||—/19.2/34.0 cu ft|
|ACCELERATION TO MPH|
|PASSING, 45-65 MPH||3.2|
|QUARTER MILE||14.9 sec @ 93.7 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||106 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.88 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||26.1 sec @ 0.71 g (avg)|
|TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH||1,600 rpm|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$43,195|
|AIRBAGS||Dual front, front side, f/r curtain|
|BASIC WARRANTY||4 yrs/60,000 miles|
|POWERTRAIN WARRANTY||6 yrs/70,000 miles|
|ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE||4 yrs/60,000 milesles|
|FUEL CAPACITY||13.2 gal|
|REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB||24.9/33.2/28.1 mpg|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON||24/33/27 mpg (mfr est)|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||140/102 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.71 lb/mile|
|RECOMMENDED FUEL||Unleaded premium|