2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport In Carscoops’ Garage: Ask Us Anything

It must be said the Infiniti QX30 is certainly a different move for both Infiniti and compact luxury cars.

You’d be hard-pressed to identify it as anything other than an Infiniti, which is odd because it’s very much a Mercedes-Benz (GLA) in lots of places. But does a Mercedes dressed up as an Infiniti work for any of the parties involved – including anyone who buys one?

I recently drove the 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport (Q30S for those of you not in the U.S.). Here are some initial thoughts.

Who are you?

What’s known as the Q30 in Europe is called the QX30 in the U.S., and what’s known as the QX30 in Europe is called the QX30 AWD in the U.S. Now that I’ve properly confused you, take into consideration that Infiniti likes to think of all of these cars as small crossovers, like the Mercedes-Benz GLA on which lots of the Infiniti’s pieces come from.

Except that no Infiniti is considered an SUV by the EPA, but rather, a “compact car.”

Plan hatched

Let’s call the QX30 what it is: a hatchback. And if you like quirky, it’s a good-looking hatch. The design is a lot of Infiniti cues on something smaller, but it’s at least trying to do something different. And it doesn’t look like an A-Class or GLA.

I’m warming up to it. I think.

Stuttgart got blurry #infiniti #QX30A photo posted by Zac Estrada (@zacestrada) on Jan 23, 2017 at 10:09am PST

Unlike any other

The Mercedes connection is an important disclosure, because the QX30 rarely feels like any other Nissan or Infiniti product. The seat controls are on the door, like a Mercedes’. Even the gauges and steering wheel come from a GLA. Only the lumpen infotainment system has Infiniti graphics and a rotary controller like the brand’s other vehicles.

Solid feelings

Things start slowly for the QX30, thanks to a dual-clutch transmission that stumbles as many of them do at lower speeds, but everything livens up once underway. The 208 horsepower from the 2.0-liter turbo four are decently strong and move the car well.

The ride, however, could be better. Blame this “Sport” model.

Price of entry

The QX30 Sport, at $39,495 to start, sounds pricey because it is. For reasons I don’t understand, both a moonroof and navigation are no-charge options (neither of which were fitted to my test car), but once so equipped, you get a lot of stuff for what’s reasonably competitive with a similar Audi A3 – or Mercedes-Benz GLA250.

This small, turbocharged hatchback from an underdog luxury brand should be my jam. I’m still on the fence about it, however.

But what questions do you have about the Infiniti Q(X)30 Sport? Sound off in the comments.

Photos: Zac Estrada/Carscoops

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  • BlackPegasus

    This looks better than the GLA in my view.

  • David Kuita

    Is it as fun to drive, and does it handle as well as the QX50 you reviewed last year?

    • Different animal, as the QX50 is RWD and this is FWD. It handles well, but not in a classic rear-drive way.

  • Peter Vancouver

    Coming from a G35 coupe, this thing and the MB variant are both ugly to me, still don’t understand why they don’t do an Q50 wagon.

    • U8INIT

      They did…the QX50…get it now before it’s gone…

  • Damian

    When will the next generation Infiniti Q30 QX30 arrive

  • An Existing Person

    This looks much better than the GLA, both in pictures and in person.

  • ediotsavant

    This cuv is going to fail in the market. Sat in it at NAIAS and due to the low roof and aggressive slope of the windshield, it was a burden to get in and out. I could see why Infiniti doesn’t want to continue its alliance with Mercedes. The next gen model will remedy this one short falls.

    • U8INIT

      Tell us more about the new model…

    • jamo

      I took a 69 year old fellow to lunch last week in my new qx30 and he said it was hard to get out of. I think this might be aimed at a younger Market. No, I’m not a “lot” chronology younger than 69 but I’m still pretty flexible. It must be the ah…. um…… exercise I’m getting since I got divorced, LOL.

      • ediotsavant

        I’m in my early 30s and I wouldn’t consider this car.

        • seriously

          who cares

  • Tex

    It will flop. Way too impractical.

    • U8INIT

      Aren’t ALL subcompact CUV’s impractical for the most part? But honestly, the bigger question is impractical for whom? I know quite a few folks who fit the demographic of these types of vehicles.

    • seriously

      any compact luxury crossover sedan is impractical theyre the same size if not smaller than similar sized non luxury cars because of their styling. The interior materials only marginally better in most cases and equate to better plastics which is still a cheap material and while costing 2 to 4 times what a similar car of the same would cost without a luxury badge. As

  • Edumcris

    How is the NVH in this car? How the transmission behaves in passing manoeuvres, merging in the interstate, and in everyday city traffic. Thanks!

    • jamo

      It’s like a little rocket ship! (PS: my other car is a Porsche so I do know what a rocket ship is, lol.)

  • Miknik

    Does it actually, at any point, feel like a cross over, or just like a hatchback? And is the infotainemnt really as bad a some reviewers make it look (personally I’m not a fan of the system in the A/GLA Class, but it is apparently the only difference inside and much better, as they say)?

    • jamo

      The infotainment is super on the QX-30. It’s 100% Infinity. Essentially, the entire dashboard and controls are too, except I do notice the classic Mercedes seat adjustment that “looks like a car seat” located on the door panel. In fairness, I didn’t take a really long GLA test drive because the Mercedes sales manager told me up front that Mercedes dealers order the GLA’s in pretty much stripped down. He actually said “if you want all the options, buy the Infinity.” I’m guessing Infiniti cut a deal with Mercedes for Infiniti to sell “the percs”, many of which were Infiniti stuff anyhow. Mercedes really wasn’t trying to sell the GLA. They just wanted to upgrde me to the GLC.

  • smartacus

    Will you do a head2head comparo with the GLA250?

  • Christian

    Be real,if you put the backseat down, is it easy acces to fuck you GF ?

    • Althea Later

      I think your legs will be hanging out the rear

  • Althea Later

    I think it’s nice looking and was excited to sit in one when I saw the dealership had some in November. Sitting in one, however is a different story. It is WAY too cramped… even for a compact car. Backseat is a torture chamber.
    Front seats too small. Has tons of bling and flash… but that’s not going to make me comfortable.
    Needless to say, I haven’t noticed any on the roads yet. Gee, I wonder why?

    • jamo

      Hmmm…. you might have a point there, I haven’t tried driving mine from the back seat yet. Hey, just kidding around a little, LOL.

      Oh, I call myself 5′-7″ but at my last physical the doctor said I’ve shrunk to 5′-6″. That’s probably why I don’t feel cramped.

  • U8INIT

    I would love this car if it had AWD; more power and a power hatch…oh and updated infotainment…like a Red Sport version

    • jamo

      MORE POWER? Have you driven one? This thing is quicker than my old Porsche 928 ever was back in 1990.

      AWD? They had the same color as mine, with the same options, right on the dealers lot in AWD last Saturday. Are you shopping in the USA?

      You’re right about the power lift gate though. However, mine is very light to lift. You should go drive one.

      • U8INIT

        I want AWD on the sport. I need to go drive one to see how quick they are.

      • seriously

        agreed they need AWD and more power style works as a selling technique but it takes more than that….Infiniti should have knocked this one out of the park instead of making it an also ran. Its a gorgeous car inside and out but just needs a bit more substance. That center screen in pics look so small and dated as well

  • Andrew Ngo

    The center screen is so small….