Infiniti Q30 is a new, premium compact vehicle and the brand's first venture into the hatchback sector.
The Infiniti Q30 is the manufacturer's first premium compact vehicle and its styling combines the “sportiness of a coupé” with the “empowered stance of a crossover”, Infiniti says.
This new Mercedes-Benz A-Class rival – that has 5 doors, 5 seats and a hatchback boot – suits “a new generation of buyers not willing to be defined by their choice of vehicle body type”, the company argues.
It also “challenges convention with its bold character and daring shape” that incorporates a prominent front grille, multi-contoured sides and the muscular rear. Infiniti – the luxury wing of Nissan – also says the Q30 is a “vital part” of its growth plan.
Infiniti Q30 engines include the 1.6-litre 122PS petrol, 1.6-litre 156PS petrol, 2.0-litre 211hp petrol, 1.5-litre 109PS diesel and the 2.2-litre 170PS diesel (all turbocharged).
There is also a choice of front or 4-wheel-drive plus 6-speed manual or 7-speed auto transmission. The latter enables the motorist to cruise in full auto mode, or select any gear manually without a foot operated clutch. Early indications - depending on engine, gearbox and drive combination – suggest 0-62mph times of 8.3 - 11.6 seconds, average fuel consumption of 47.1 - 72.4mpg, and emissions of 108 - 156g/km.
Trims & equipment
Q30 SE is the entry level trim. Features include forward collision warning/stop that informs the motorist when the distance to the next vehicle is to short. The alert is visual and audible. If the driver fails to react, it performs an emergency stop to avoid a collision or mitigate its severity.
The SE also has air conditioning, a CD player, alloys and black trim on the wheel arches. Prices start at £20,550.
The Premium - which costs £21,600 – adds LED front fog lights, dual-zone climate control, cruise control (with speed limiter), plus a lane departure warning system.
The Q30 Business Executive trim adds adaptive front lights, auto-levelling lights and satellite navigation. Prices start at £24,130.
The Premium Tech also has electric seats and a rear-view camera. All for £25,480.
The Sport trim – which sits on stiffened and lowered suspension for sharper handling – benefits from revised bumpers, larger wheels and a diffuser that enhances its aerodynamic performance.
It costs £26,180. Finally, the City Black Edition is a first edition trim to celebrate the vehicle's launch. It is distinguished externally by its dark wheels and costs from £25,410.
Infiniti Q30 joins extensive range
Infiniti produces various larger cars such as the Q50, Q70, XQ50 and QX70. However, the manufacturer says “The Q30 is not the little brother or sister to siblings from larger segments – the car features a unique posture and shape that conveys the type of spontaneity and independent spirit that can only be matched by its owner.”