2019 Audi Allroad vs. 2019 Infiniti QX30

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Allroad’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The QX30 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Allroad has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The QX30 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Allroad has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The QX30 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Allroad. But it costs extra on the QX30.

To help make backing safer, the Allroad’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The QX30 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Allroad’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Allroad and the QX30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Allroad the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX30 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Allroad’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX30’s (12 vs. 7 years).

There are over 42 percent more Audi dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Allroad’s warranty.

Reliability

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the QX30’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Allroad has a standard 150-amp alternator. The QX30’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (248 vs. 208) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Allroad is faster than the Infiniti QX30:

 

Allroad

QX30

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

18.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Allroad uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The QX30 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Allroad has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.3 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi Allroad higher (5 out of 10) than the Infiniti QX30 (3). This means the Allroad produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the QX30 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Allroad’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The QX30 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Allroad’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX30:

 

Allroad

QX30

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.6 inches

The Allroad’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the QX30 are solid, not vented.

The Allroad stops much shorter than the QX30:

 

Allroad

QX30

 

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Allroad has larger tires than the QX30 (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18).

The Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX30’s standard 50 series tires.

The Allroad has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX30; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The Allroad has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The QX30’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Allroad’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the QX30 (110.9 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

The Allroad Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the QX30 Essential AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The Allroad has 3.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (92 vs. 88.8).

The Allroad has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.

Cargo Capacity

The Allroad has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX30 with its rear seat up (24.2 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Allroad has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (58.5 vs. 34 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo design makes loading and unloading the Allroad easier. The Allroad’s cargo lift-over height is 26.1 inches, while the QX30’s liftover is 28.1 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Allroad has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The QX30 doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Servicing Ease

The Allroad uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The QX30 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the QX30. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The Allroad Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Allroad and the QX30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Allroad is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX30 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Allroad’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The QX30’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Allroad’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The QX30’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Allroad has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The QX30 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Allroad has standard extendable sun visors. The QX30 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Allroad has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential. The Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the QX30.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The QX30 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX30 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX30 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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