Mercedes GLA's alter ego is cheaper than the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

With prices kicking off at $29,950 for the entry-level trim, it means Infiniti’s version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA is actually cheaper than its donor which you can have for at least $32,850. At the same time, it’s also more affordable than the $33,700 Audi Q3 and the $33,100 BMW X1, with all prices excluding destination and handling fees.

Personally, I find it better-looking than Mercedes’ version, and since it’s also almost $3,000 cheaper, a decision regarding which one to pick is pretty much a no-brainer. Regardless of the trim (standard, Luxury, Premium, Sport) you select, all versions of the QX30 come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine delivering 208 horsepower (155 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (349 newton-meters) of torque.

The 2017 Infiniti QX30 is being offered exclusively with a dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic transmission sending power as standard to the front wheels. If you want an all-wheel-drive layout, prepare to fork out $34,400 for the Luxury AWD or $37,700 if you upgrade to the Premium AWD trim.

Go for the Sport model which is the most expensive of them all at $38,500, and the crossover gets different front and rear lower fascias, dark chrome exhaust finishers, glossy black grille, 19-inch Gun Metallic alloys, and body-colored side sill panels. This particular version also sits a tad lower than the regular FWD versions of the QX30 to add a bit of sportiness.

The Luxury and Premium versions in AWD guise also have their own front and rear lower fascias, along with roof rails, extended overfenders, different black mold-in color side sills, an increased ride height, and bespoke 18-inch rims.

Infiniti USA says the “premium active crossover” will start hitting dealers next month. Meanwhile, you can read our First Drive and find out why we consider it as being “one of the most well-rounded entry-luxury crossovers around.”

Check out the attached press release for additional info.

Source: Infiniti USA

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