Review and Test Drive: 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport

By Jonathan Spira on 25 July 2017
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If you scratch your head when someone mentions the Infiniti QX30, you aren’t alone: based on the Q30, the QX30 was introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2015. It made its U.S. debut the same year at the New York International Auto Show.

Nissan’s third SUV also bears an unusual pedigree: it’s built at a Nissan factory in England using the Mercedes-Benz CLA/GLA platform, engine, and transmission. The platform is also used by Mercedes on the A-Class and B-Class automobiles.

The Ink Blue wedge-shaped SUV that arrived at our offices was good looking with bold lines. This wasn’t your father’s Infiniti SUV.

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The Sport model of the QX30 is equipped with soft Nappa leather seats that are heated, the dash is leather with a stitched insert, the headliner is black, all adding to the sporty look.

DRIVING THE 2017 INFINITI QX30 SPORT

Once inside, it was clear that Infiniti had been at work. The QX30 comes with Nissan and Infiniti’s Zero Gravity seats that provide excellent support and the fit and finish are superb. The asymmetrical dashboard layout is unusual but it’s easy to find most controls except for a few things hidden by the Infiniti InTouch infotainment system. The rear seats are roomy enough for adults but the dramatic sloping roofline does limit headroom.

Once underway, we did have to keep the limited rear visibility in mind (this is due to the roofline and small rear glass) but the car’s driver assistance systems help substantially here.

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