2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Volvo XC40

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the QX30 and the XC40 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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.


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 XC40’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 Volvo covers the XC40. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XC40 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.


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 20 points higher than the XC40.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 23 places higher in reliability than Volvo.


The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (208 vs. 187) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 221) than the XC40 T4’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the XC40 T5:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

84.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the XC40 T4 FWD (24 city/33 hwy vs. 23 city/33 hwy).


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 XC40 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the XC40:





70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

125 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 XC40’s standard 55 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 XC40 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the XC40’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the XC40’s (37.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet).


The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Volvo XC40.

The QX30 is 7.3 inches shorter in height than the XC40, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD (41 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the QX30 is 1.3 inches lower than the XC40 (16.4” vs. 17.7”). The QX30’s rear step up height is 1 inches lower than the XC40’s (17.2” vs. 18.2”).

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 XC40’s liftover is 29.7 inches.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 34% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.


Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the XC40, 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.

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 XC40 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 XC40.

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 costs extra on the XC40.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX30 is less expensive to operate than the XC40 because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the QX30 than the XC40, including $43 less for front brake pads and $191 less for a fuel pump.

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