Test Infiniti QX30 2.2 d 7DCT AWD (I): introduction, and motor behavior

Infiniti has entered the assault in the Premium C-segment european hand-in-hand Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), technological partner of the Renault alliance Nissan. To do this has been a successful model, the A-Class/GLA Mercedes, and has been equipped with features that make it more interesting for our tastes. The QX30 is a very crossover, as the Q30, without being, you already have a character crossover. Models are a little higher than normal.

The Infiniti QX30 is offered exclusively with a diesel engine of 170 HP, an automatic change of double clutch (7G-DCT), and awd. In reality, all these elements come inherited from his German relative, including the platform, although the exterior design is very different. Inside you will find many many similarities with a GLA, that practically we seem to be a GLA.

The free height of the chassis exceeds 200 mm

unlike the Q30, the QX30 has an elevation of suspension of 40 millimeters, protections plastic lower that increase in 5 mm width, a bumper is clearly different (more in line to get out of the road), the roof rails silver-painted alloy wheels with a different design, and rear-view mirrors with black housing. The price difference is substantial with the Q30 with all the mechanics the same, more than 3,000 euros, and are very difficult to justify. Do not miss our test of the Q30 with the same mechanics.


The ground clearance represents an interesting feature to go off road occasionally, as it is more complicated to give a blow to low. Even the Mercedes-Benz GLA with package “off-road” goes closer to the ground, and I can think of many SUVS that are below 200 mm of free height. Make no mistake, it is not an off-roader.

If we ventured down a path with the QX30 we’re going to realize quickly that is not planned any help for the 4×4 driving. For a start, the awd system does not have settings, it’s fully automatic. You do not have a way of driving out of asphalt, and the GLA itself. Nor is there a wizard to control the descent, or programming that is more permissive of the traction control (yes, you can disconnect).

If you are driving carefully, at low speed, the QX30 can get into more of a site minimally complicated. Watch the suspension travel, if left to the shock absorbers work well is more difficult to give a wiggle accidental. If you are going to be minimally fast… what was said. Slowly, and with good note, and defends himself with much dignity, even through an area completely waterlogged and muddy. The grip available under the tires.


Best behavior has the QX30 when driving on road. It is not excessively heavy, nor is it a featherweight, but the body swings a little to the elevated height. The secret is in the suspension by pulling to hard, most designed to hold the car in to flex well off road. Therefore, has a behavior more tourism than any other thing.

it Is possible to attack corners at a pace very happy without the car complaining about, does not give a bad feeling of security in spite of the clear height, and the limit will tend to behave as a GLA, that is to say, a little understeer. The awd seems to work well in any circumstance of circulation, therefore do not check both unless a selector that allow to turn it off.

What problem are you having with the suspension pulling to durita? Since that is less comfortable, when you improve a variable already balanced it is detrimental to another. The QX30 is not a car uncomfortable, but the GLA is a little bit better. Where they are going to notice the difference will be in asphalt, bumpy or broken, where the ability to sponge of the suspension is very limited.


The steering wheel, the QX30 is a nice car, with good possibilities of regulating the whole seat/steering wheel and an automatic change of double clutch that works great. It has seven speeds and it behaves exactly the same as in the GLA; has mode for efficient driving, sport mode, and manual mode. You choose the one that you choose, provided that it is stepped to the fund reduces several gears.

Is one of the best changes of double clutch on the market, meshing the gears with high precision and it is a pleasure to play with the cams in sporty driving or rushing the accelerations. It is also nice doing maneuvers at low speed, where it is not in any way abrupt. For example, the Fiat 500X TCT that we tested recently was clearly less refined in that sense, and that the engine was gasoline.

This model you can choose only with the diesel engine of source Mercedes and 2.1 liters that delivers 170 HP and a generous maximum torque of 350 Nm between 1,400 and 3,400 RPM. Along the band of the useful speed pushes with determination and will, but I must also say that you will note rough, freshly plucked, at idle (when it does not operate the Stop&Start) or when the tachometer approaches the area of 4,000 RPM. Approves a consumption of science-fiction of 4.9 l/100 km, very difficult to achieve with normal driving.


The consumption is closer to 7 l/100 km 6 l/100 km is Not very heavy, slightly more than 1,600 kg, but the aerodynamics is not the best possible with so much headroom, and the total traction at the end of the day lastra a bit (like half a litre). It is not a consumption need to worry about who is buying a tourism high-end -never better said – that exceeds the 39.000 euros.

This car offers a balance very interesting between performance on and off road. Off road be careful, but on the highway not shaking pulse while the 120 km/h have been left behind of the needle of the speedometer. The development of the seventh makes the engine, you hear very little, so you can go very fast without your condition diesel it is annoying.

with Respect to other alternatives is a consideration that goes a little durito of suspension, but in the most firm that’s not going to be a problem. For circular with snow (with wheels appropriate), tracks with few potholes or stones or paths, slightly muddy does not need an off-road pure. The power is adequate for this approach, or excessive or short for the average driver, left over wall paper in the car with fines for speed.