2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Jaguar E-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 E-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the QX30 and the E-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the E-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 E-Pace ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

There are over 27 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 40 points higher than the E-Pace.

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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 56 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, 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 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.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the E-Pace P250:

 

QX30

E-Pace

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

85.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 gets better fuel mileage than the E-Pace:

 

 

 

MPG

QX30

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

E-Pace

 

AWD

P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

 

 

P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 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 E-Pace doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the E-Pace:

 

QX30

E-Pace

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the QX30 has larger tires than the E-Pace (235/50R18 vs. 225/65R17).

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 E-Pace’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX30 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the E-Pace.

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 E-Pace doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the E-Pace SE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the E-Pace SE (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the E-Pace’s (36.6 feet vs. 39.1 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the E-Pace’s (37.3 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 750 pounds less than the Jaguar E-Pace.

The QX30 is 6.9 inches narrower on average than the E-Pace, making the QX30 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the E-Pace SE (41 vs. 44 dB).

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 optional at extra cost in the E-Pace, 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.

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 E-Pace.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the QX30 Sport/Essential has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The E-Pace doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Model Availability

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

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