The subcompact SUV class is perfect for those who want a small and easy to maneuver vehicle with excellent fuel economy and fun, sporty handling. When you purchase a subcompact SUV from a luxury brand, you’ll find even more to love, such as upscale cabin fittings and tons of technology features. This comparison of the 2018 INFINITI QX30 vs. 2018 Mercedes GLA will help you to determine which luxury subcompact SUV is the right choice for your unique lifestyle needs.


Both these SUVs come standard with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower and is paired with a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. Each boasts the same fuel efficiency rating of an EPA-estimated 24 city/33 highway MPG, which is high for the class. Front-wheel drive is standard, or you can upgrade to all-wheel drive for better handling and control. The GLA has been occasionally criticized for its harsh ride quality, which can be bumpy over rough roads. Both vehicles are available in four different trim levels.


The INFINITI QX30 and the Mercedes GLA both offer seating for five. Front legroom in the QX30 measures 41.3 inches, and in the GLA it measures 40.2 inches. In the rear seats, you’ll find 37.5 inches of headroom in the QX30 and 35.4 inches in the GLA. The QX30’s rear legroom measures 33.5 inches, while the GLA offers just 27.1 inches, which is very small.

The SUV style makes these small vehicles a good option for those who need to carry cargo, but don’t want to drive something larger and less easy maneuverable. The 2018 INFINITI QX30 offers 19.2 ft3 of cargo capacity with all five seats in use. The 2018 Mercedes GLA offers just 17.2 ft3 of cargo space behind the back seats. This space can be expanded by folding the back seats forward.


Each of these two luxury subcompact SUVs comes standard with a touchscreen infotainment system to keep you entertained on your drives around Long Beach, Torrance, Fullerton, and beyond. You’ll get Bluetooth® connectivity for making hands-free phone calls, two USB ports for charging, HD Radio™, a rearview camera for safe reversing, and dual-zone automatic climate control to keep all passengers comfortable. The QX30 also adds standard satellite radio, for access to hundreds of channels of music and entertainment.


So, which of these two SUVs is the right choice for you? Our team at Norm Reeves Cerritos INFINITI thinks that drives in Long Beach, Torrance, and Fullerton will appreciate the INFINITI QX30’s soft and comfortable ride quality, plenty of passenger space and cargo room, and modern technology features. If you’d like to get behind the wheel of a QX30 for yourself and see how it performs for you, contact us today to schedule your test drive. We’ll reserve a date and time for you to meet with a member of our team, who can tell you even more about the SUV.

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