Monday, 13 February 2017

The 2017 Infiniti QX30: A stylish crossover let down by its steering

Jonathan Gitlin

Forgive me dear reader, but I'm going to preface this review with a disclaimer—I don't really get the idea of the "sporty crossover." If you need something that's a sporty drive but also has plenty of cargo capacity, there are hot hatches out there like the Golf R and Focus RS. Those vehicles do a fine job. I understand I'm something of an outlier when it comes to sporty crossovers, however, and the vehicle segment is one that's extremely popular these days. Infiniti's QX30 is a good example of the breed, and we recently put one to the test for a week to see whether I'm completely mistaken.

Built in Nissan's Sunderland, UK plant, the QX30 first saw light of day at the 2015 New York International Auto Show as a concept car. "We wanted the spontaneous fluidity of the QX30 Concept design to cut through the urban clutter and rigidity, reflecting its go-anywhere and spur-of-the-moment nature," said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti's executive design director. "With its higher stance and edgier design to match its tough capabilities, you can almost visualize how the QX30 Concept floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee."

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