The MB partnership is a big reason why my wife and I bought a QX30. We liked the Infiniti styling (both interior and exterior) but we appreciate the Mercedes engineering. This 4 cylinder is fantastic, and the DCT is phenomenal.
Nissan 4 cylinders are bleh -- and I am not ready to trust a variable-compression design from Nissan/Infiniti. That seems like a ticking time bomb, to me. I would also never pay "premium/luxury" vehicle prices to get a CVT. No thank you! In something cheap, like a Honda Fit, I think a CVT is fine... But if I'm paying "more" to get a premium experience then a CVT has no place, imo.
So it seems Infiniti may be losing my family as customers. It's a shame, because we do love our QX30 and the Infiniti dealer has a decent enough sales and service department... But I'll focus on Acura/Audi/BMW/Lexus/Mercedes/Porsche/Volvo next time.
2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD - Majestic White
2019 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription - Onyx Black Metallic
2009 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS - Candy Diamond Red
1986 Honda CB700SC Nighthawk S - Candy Aleutian Blue and Shasta White