2019 Jaguar E-Pace vs. 2019 Infiniti QX30

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the E-Pace and QX30 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The E-Pace has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The QX30’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the E-Pace deploy with different levels of force to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The E-Pace’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The QX30’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The E-Pace has standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The QX30 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

To help make backing safer, the E-Pace’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.

The E-Pace’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The QX30 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the E-Pace and the QX30 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 blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The Jaguar E-Pace weighs 560 to 890 pounds more than the Infiniti QX30. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The E-Pace comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The QX30’s 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the E-Pace for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX30.

Engine

The E-Pace P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (246 vs. 208) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The E-Pace P300 R-Dynamic’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 88 more horsepower (296 vs. 208) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the E-Pace’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX30 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The E-Pace has 4.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.1 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The E-Pace has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.1 vs. 14.8 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar E-Pace higher (7 out of 10) than the Infiniti QX30 (3). This means the E-Pace produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the QX30 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar E-Pace, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the QX30.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

E-Pace

E-Pace R-Dynamic

QX30

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.7 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the E-Pace’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX30 (245/45R20 vs. 235/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the E-Pace offers optional 20-inch wheels. The QX30’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The E-Pace 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 E-Pace offers an optional 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 or off-road. The QX30’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the E-Pace is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the QX30.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the E-Pace SE is quieter than the QX30 Essential AWD (68 vs. 69 dB).

Passenger Space

The E-Pace has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.

Cargo Capacity

The E-Pace 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 E-Pace has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (52.7 vs. 34 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the E-Pace (except Base) offers an optional power liftgate, 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.

Towing

The E-Pace has a 3968 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The E-Pace has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The QX30 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The E-Pace offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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 E-Pace’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 E-Pace’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.

Both the E-Pace and the QX30 offer available heated front seats. The E-Pace 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 E-Pace 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 E-Pace’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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