2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs. 2019 Infiniti QX30

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

The Golf Alltrack has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The QX30 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Golf Alltrack (except S) offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The QX30 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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

To help make backing safer, the Golf Alltrack’s 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.

Compared to metal, the Golf Alltrack’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Golf Alltrack and the QX30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Golf Alltrack the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 155 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX30 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Golf Alltrack comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The QX30’s 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 12000 miles sooner.

The Golf Alltrack’s corrosion warranty is 3 years longer than the QX30’s (10 vs. 7 years).

There are over 3 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Golf Alltrack’s warranty.

Reliability

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the QX30’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Golf Alltrack Auto gets better fuel mileage than the QX30 AWD (22 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX30 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Golf Alltrack has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

The Golf Alltrack 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 Golf Alltrack SEL handles at .84 G’s, while the QX30 Essential AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Golf Alltrack’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the QX30 AWD’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.6 feet). The Golf Alltrack’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the QX30’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.3 feet).

Chassis

The design of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack amounts to more than styling. The Golf Alltrack has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the QX30 (.31 to .34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Golf Alltrack get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Golf Alltrack has 5.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (94.3 vs. 88.8).

The Golf Alltrack has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.

Cargo Capacity

The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX30 with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (66.5 vs. 34 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Golf Alltrack easier. The Golf Alltrack’s trunk lift-over height is 24.8 inches, while the QX30’s liftover is 28.1 inches.

Servicing Ease

The Golf Alltrack 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.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Golf Alltrack and the QX30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Golf Alltrack 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 Golf Alltrack’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 Golf Alltrack’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 shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Golf Alltrack SE/SEL has standard extendable sun visors. The QX30 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Golf Alltrack SE/SEL has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The QX30 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Volkswagen Golf comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Infiniti QX30 isn’t available as a four door.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Golf Alltrack second among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The QX30 isn’t in the top three.

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The QX30 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The QX30 has never been chosen.

The Volkswagen Golf/GTI outsold the Infiniti QX30 by over five to one during 2018.

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