- New Car Test Drive
Performance from the QX30’s powertrain has German-brand characteristics, hardly a surprise because it hails from Mercedes-Benz. Because of that connection, some buyers who wouldn’t ordinarily favor an Infiniti might be attracted by the German-developed foundation.
Front-wheel drive is standard on the QX30 and QX30S, but the QX30 AWD adds all-wheel drive, with increased ride height and a touch of off-pavement potential.
In an early drive, the powertrain demonstrated responsive behavior, whether starting off from a standstill or accelerating to pass another vehicle. Other turbocharged four-cylinder engines paired with dual-clutch transmissions sometimes present hesitant responses, particularly at low speeds, but the QX30 performed appropriately. Infiniti claims 0-60 mph acceleration in just over seven seconds. Intended to conserve fuel, the automatic stop/start system is noticeable, but not nearly as jolting as some competitive setups.
Infiniti engineers sought to develop steering that maintains a consistent feel, regardless of speed, and they appear to have succeeded. Not only is steering precise, it’s neither excessively heavy at higher speeds nor overboosted in parking-lot driving. Overall, a QX30 handles dexterously, even if it’s not meant for fiery road tactics. Stiffer springs on the QX30S model don’t roughen the ride significantly.