2018 Infiniti QX30 Sport: Top of the Line and Feeling Fine

Published: Monday, March 26, 2018 | 6:05 PM

2018infinitiqx30S475Blazing 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. The Sports trim comes in front-wheel drive only, so there will be no light off-roading in this baby. It’s sports-tuned suspension means it rides a bit lower for a more sensory ride.

It’s always a joy to drive a car that provides an engaging drive and passenger space, and the Sport trim of the QX-30 does just that.

Available in four trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium and Sport, this review will focus on the Sport trim.

With 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, black exterior mirror housings, 360-degree camera system, black-colored grille, front and rear parking sensors, automated parking system and sporty flat-bottom steering wheel, the Sport trim stands apart from the other trims of the QX30.

Add to that the optional no-cost Navigation package, no-cost Moonroof and the car is really styling. My test model also had the Technology package with added blind spot warning (one of my favorite things), lane departure warning, forward emergency braking, intelligent cruise control and high beam assist. I also enjoyed Napa leather sport seats and LED lights.

2018infinitiqx30sinteriorA 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. Expect to get 24/city, 33 highway, and 27/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.