2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The QX30 (except Pure) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Golf Alltrack only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the QX30 and the Golf Alltrack have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. Infiniti will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Golf Alltrack.

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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th, 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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 10 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (208 vs. 168) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 199) than the Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (automatics tested):

 

QX30

Golf Alltrack

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

86.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the QX30’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

The Infiniti QX30 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Golf Alltrack.

A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Infiniti QX30, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Golf Alltrack.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

QX30

Golf Alltrack

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.6 inches

10.7 inches

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Golf Alltrack:

 

QX30

Golf Alltrack

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the QX30 has larger tires than the Golf Alltrack (235/50R18 vs. 205/55R17). The QX30’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Golf Alltrack (235/50R18 vs. 225/45R18).

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 Golf Alltrack’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX30 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Golf Alltrack. The QX30’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Golf Alltrack.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX30’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Golf Alltrack (106.3 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the QX30 is .9 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Golf Alltrack.

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

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Golf Alltrack SEL (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the QX30 has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Golf Alltrack (8 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the QX30 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The QX30 is 6 inches shorter than the Golf Alltrack, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the QX30 has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Golf Alltrack uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the QX30. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 48% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 16th.

Ergonomics

When three different drivers share the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions and outside mirror angle. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a memory system.

The QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Golf Alltrack can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the QX30 Sport/Essential to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 Golf Alltrack’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The QX30 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Golf Alltrack offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The QX30 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Golf Alltrack SEL.

Model Availability

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

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