2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2018 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the QX30 and the Allroad 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 all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Allroad’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Allroad. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Allroad ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 1 place higher in reliability than Audi.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Allroad:

 

QX30

Allroad

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX30 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 Allroad doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the Allroad Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Allroad’s (36.6 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Allroad’s (37.3 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX30 has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad (8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the QX30 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 550 pounds less than the Audi Allroad.

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

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 5% lower rating, Audi is ranked third.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional at extra cost in the Allroad, the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential 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.

If the windows are left open on the QX30 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The Allroad’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The QX30 Sport/Essential’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

When the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Allroad’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The QX30 (except Pure/Luxe)’s optional Intelligent Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

The QX30 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX30 will retain 53.6% to 54.72% of its original price after five years, while the Allroad only retains 50.32% to 50.79%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Infiniti QX30 will be $11709 to $12504 less than for the Audi Allroad.

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