Infiniti QX30 (2016 – 2020) Review

Infiniti QX30 (2016 – 2020) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
Infiniti’s QX30 aimed to cash in on the explosion in demand for small SUVs when it arrived in 2016. But it faced an army of desirable rivals, and combined with some major flaws of its own, it struggled to make an impression on UK buyers.

+Plenty of standard equipment. Good build quality. Relative rarity.

-Limited engine range. Cramped rear seats. Very obviously based on Mercedes A-Class, which has a better image.

Insurance Groups are between 21–27
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

The Infiniti QX30 was the brand’s most convincing offering, as it tried to break into the premium sector in the UK market. It seemed to arrive at the right time as demand for small SUVs was booming, and was based on the Mercedes A-Class, which meant a decent diesel engine and reasonable handling. However, this also meant it went up against the Audi Q3 and popular Mercedes GLA, among others. Read on for our full Infiniti QX30 review.

Infiniti is a luxury brand owned by Nissan (an equivalent to Toyota-owned Lexus, if you like), and very well established in both America and Japan.

Unfortunately, Nissan chose to launch Infiniti into the UK market in 2008, which given the economic circumstances was mistimed, to put it mildly.

It also did so with a range of big cars powered by inefficient petrol engines. Needless to say, sales faltered, but Infiniti survived because Nissan bankrolled it through the turbulence.

Of course, that situation couldn’t continue indefinitely, and so Infiniti, finally, released a couple of trendy, reasonably priced family hatchbacks in 2016 – the Infiniti Q30 and this, the taller Infiniti QX30 SUV-inspired version.

You may already be putting two and two together and coming up with “posh Nissan Qashqai”– but you’d be wrong. Instead, the Infiniti QX30 is a rehashed Mercedes A-Class.

On the one hand that makes perfect sense – make a premium car from a premium base and you can’t go far wrong, right?

Not quite. The Mercedes A-Class was the German company’s weakest model, and little effort was made to disguise the Infiniti QX30’s underpinnings or improve upon them.

Much of the Infiniti QX30’s interior architecture and switchgear was lifted unchanged from the donor car, and many of the flaws remain. As a used SUV, though, it’s an intriguing choice.

The Infiniti QX30 is well built and styled to stand out, but for some reason it was determined it should be a sporty crossover model rather than a luxurious one.

The result is over-firm suspension that unsettles the ride, heavy steering that requires a little too much effort at parking speeds, and yet no real sense of driver involvement; as a general rule, the laws of physics preclude tall hatchbacks from being much fun to drive.

The first engine was a 2.2-litre diesel (again, taken from Mercedes) with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, and the result is a 57.6mpg average fuel economy rating with 128g/km CO2.

This was far from catastrophic, but most rivals offered diesels of greater efficiency, and also lighter two-wheel-drive versions. A 2.0 Turbo petrol arrived a while after the Infiniti QX30’s launch.

Equipment levels are generous, but cramped rear seats and only average boot space were further drawbacks.

All-in-all then, while the Infiniti QX30 might prove an interesting and rare alternative for used car buyers willing to overlook its flaws, it falls short in too many areas to recommend.

Fancy an Infiniti Q30? Read heycar’s Infiniti Q30 review here.