2018 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2018 Jaguar F-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jaguar F-Pace doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar F-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the QX30 and the F-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the F-Pace. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the F-Pace ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the F-Pace’s (7 vs. 6 years).

There are over 30 percent more Infiniti dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the QX30’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the QX30’s reliability 34 points higher than the F-Pace.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 23rd in initial quality. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 AWD Auto gets better fuel mileage than the F-Pace 25t (21 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/27 hwy).

Transmission

The QX30 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The F-Pace doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the F-Pace:

 

QX30

F-Pace

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The QX30’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Pace Base’s standard 60 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX30 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The F-Pace doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the F-Pace S pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the F-Pace R-Sport (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the F-Pace’s (36.6 feet vs. 38.9 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the F-Pace’s (37.3 feet vs. 38.9 feet).

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 600 pounds less than the Jaguar F-Pace.

The QX30 is 1 foot shorter than the F-Pace, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 10.3 inches narrower on average than the F-Pace, making the QX30 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The QX30 is 8.7 inches shorter in height than the F-Pace, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the QX30 Premium AWD is quieter than the F-Pace S:

 

QX30

F-Pace

Full-Throttle

76 dB

81 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The QX30 has .6 inches more front headroom and 1 inch more front legroom than the F-Pace.

The front step up height for the QX30 is 2.8 inches lower than the F-Pace (16.4” vs. 19.2”). The QX30’s rear step up height is 2.6 inches lower than the F-Pace’s (17.2” vs. 19.8”).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX30 easier. The QX30’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.1 inches, while the F-Pace’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 35% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 15th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the F-Pace Premium/Prestige/R-Sport/S/Portfolio, the QX30 Luxury/Sport/Premium has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The QX30 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the QX30 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the F-Pace.

Model Availability

The QX30 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the QX30 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the QX30 will cost $550 less than the F-Pace over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Infiniti QX30 will be $6062 to $25192 less than for the Jaguar F-Pace.

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