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2018 INFINITI QX30 VS.2018 MINI COOPER COUNTRYMAN | Competition INFINITI of Smithtown


The MINI Countryman 2018 edition features a new hybrid plugin unit with its overall goal being the same, which is to provide lots of space and comfort to families. The 2018 INFINITI QX30, on the other hand, is a vehicle that really stands out due to its style but also manages to impress with its handling, which drivers have described as being very zippy. Which is the better of the two?

Design & Style

The MINI brand of vehicles has never been known for their exceptional styling, yet the 2018 edition changes this dynamic. It is a well-balanced, streamlined vehicle that never overdoes itself. The INFINITI QX30 is also attractive, with a look that is slightly futuristic. In terms of exterior design, the two vehicles are well matched. Inside, the QX30 has tighter space than it should be given its cost but is also refined and comfortable. Although the MINI Cooper has more functional space, its new hybrid plugin system is seen by many as being too expensive.

Technology & Safety

The MINI Cooper comes equipped with an all-wheel-drive system which is “smart” meaning it will do much of the work on its own without requiring input from the driver. Both vehicles are tied when it comes to fuel economy, at 24 miles to the gallon. Each seats a maximum of five people but the MINI Cooper has a larger fuel tank at 16.1 gallons versus only 13.2 for the INFINITI Qx30. Both of these vehicles incorporate a rack pinion steering system, yet the INFINITI weighs less at 3280 pounds versus 3300 pounds for the MINI Cooper.


The MINI brand of vehicles has never been known for their dynamic performance, so it shouldn’t surprise readers that the INFINITI QX30 has a decided edge in this department. While both vehicles utilize Intercooled Premium Unleaded Turbo engines, the QX30 uses an I-4 while the Mini Cooper is restricted to an I-3. Therefore the INFINITI has 258 torque at 1200 rpm versus 162 torque at 1250 rpm for the Mini, and in terms of horsepower the QX30 really shines, at 208 horsepower at 5500 rpm versus only 134 horsepower with 4400 rpm for the Mini.

The Bottom Line

While these vehicles are closely matched in a number of areas, the MINI Cooper has a lower price point at just over $26,000 versus the INFINITI QX30 that is just under $30,000. However, this difference is large because the INFINITI is superior in terms of performance, which explains its higher price, so those looking for superior handling and acceleration should definitely choose the QX30.

Ready to Schedule an INFINITI QX30 Drive Today?

If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2018 INFINITI QX30 offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at COMPETITION INFINITI. We are located in St. James, New York and proudly serve car buyers in NY and beyond. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book an INFINITI QX30 test drive appointment.

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