2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium: Sleek and Sporty

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | 6:43 PM

2018 INFINITI QX30Blazing its own trail between a coupe, hatchback and crossover, the 2018 Infiniti QX30 is a great choice for someone who wants more cargo space with a sporty drive. It’s available in all-wheel drive which gives the QX30 the ability to handle foul weather and light off-roading.

I liked the QX30 it satisfied the sporty side of me while providing comfortable seating for all my passengers. The color of the car was beautiful. It was called Liquid Copper and was just gorgeous.

Available in four trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium and Sport, this review will focus on the Premium trim with all-wheel drive.

The Premium trim features LED foglights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, roof rails, a panoramic sunroof and a premium 10-speaker Bose audio system. My model also included all-wheel drive which raises the height 1.2 inches over front-wheel drive models.

2018 INFINITI QX30There are a number of optional packages available for the Premium trim: Navigation package, LED package, Technology package, Gallery White Theme package and Dark Wood package.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter, four banger powers the QX30 giving it 208 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission sends power to the wheels. The Luxury and Premium trims are available in all-wheel drive which is what my test vehicle was equipped with. Expect to get 21/city, 30 highway, and 25/combined mpg for the all-wheel drive vehicle.

Inside the QX30 is snug but comfortable with bolstered front seats. Backseat passengers will be a little more cramped with limited legroom and elbow room. Materials used are in keeping with a luxury car brand.

Cargo space is notable at 19.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And there are plenty of hidey holes for smaller items throughout the cabin.

With its sports-tuned suspension the ride quality of the QX30 is a bit stiffer than most luxury cars but it is not egregious. The cabin is suitably quite and allows passengers to enjoy 10-speaker Bose sound system.

The QX30 responds quickly when the accelerator is pressed so it makes it easy getting on the freeway and passing. Steering is precise and responds quickly to turns and the car maintains its ground.

Looking for a luxury crossover with some character? Give the 2018 Infiniti QX30 a test drive.