2019 Jaguar F-Pace vs. 2019 Infiniti QX30

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the F-Pace and QX30 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The F-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.

The F-Pace has a 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 F-Pace. But it costs extra on the QX30.

To help make backing safer, the F-Pace (except Base)’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 F-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 F-Pace and the QX30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front 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.

Warranty

The F-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 F-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.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the F-Pace has a standard 130-amp alternator. The QX30’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the F-Pace is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the F-Pace’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The QX30’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The F-Pace 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 39 more horsepower (247 vs. 208) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The F-Pace 30t’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. The F-Pace S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 172 more horsepower (380 vs. 208) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The F-Pace SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 342 more horsepower (550 vs. 208) and 244 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The F-Pace’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Jaguar F-Pace is faster than the Infiniti QX30:

 

F-Pace 30t

F-Pace S

QX30

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

5.3 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.3 sec

13.2 sec

18.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.1 sec

5.7 sec

7.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.6 sec

4.3 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

13.9 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

102 MPH

92 MPH

Top Speed

145 MPH

n/a

131 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the F-Pace 20d gets better fuel mileage than the QX30 AWD (26 city/33 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

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

The F-Pace Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F-Pace’s standard fuel tank has 6.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 14.8 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar F-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 F-Pace’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX30:

 

F-Pace 25t/20d

F-Pace 30t/S

F-Pace SVR

QX30

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

15.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

15.6 inches

11.6 inches

The F-Pace’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the QX30 are solid, not vented.

The F-Pace stops shorter than the QX30:

 

F-Pace

QX30

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Pace has larger standard tires than the QX30 (255/60R18 vs. 235/50R18). The F-Pace Prestige/R-Sport/S/Portfolio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX30 (265/40R22 vs. 235/50R18).

The F-Pace Prestige/R-Sport/S/Portfolio’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX30’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Pace Prestige/R-Sport/S/Portfolio offers optional 22-inch wheels. The QX30’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The F-Pace offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare 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 F-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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Pace’s wheelbase is 6.8 inches longer than on the QX30 (113.1 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Pace is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the QX30.

The F-Pace S handles at .88 G’s, while the QX30 Essential AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the F-Pace S is quieter than the QX30 Essential AWD (40 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

The F-Pace has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (96 vs. 88.8).

The F-Pace has 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, 3.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the F-Pace’s available rear seats recline. The QX30’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The F-Pace has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX30 with its rear seat up (33.5 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The F-Pace has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (63.5 vs. 34 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the F-Pace’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The QX30 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-Pace has a standard 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 F-Pace has a 5290 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The F-Pace uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The QX30 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the F-Pace is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the QX30. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The F-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 F-Pace (except Base/Premium) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 power windows standard on both the F-Pace and the QX30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the F-Pace is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX30 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The F-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 F-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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the F-Pace has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the QX30 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Both the F-Pace and the QX30 offer available heated front seats. The F-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 F-Pace (except Base/Premium) 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 F-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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The Jaguar F-Pace outsold the Infiniti QX30 by 82% during 2018.

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