The Infiniti Q30 is a premium hatchback that has crossover-style looks and a very comfortable ride. It’s aimed at up-market rivals such as the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and is based on the pre-facelift Mercedes A-Class.
The Q30 has a pleasing interior that follows the exterior’s wavey design. Some of the switchgear will be familiar to Mercedes owners, but the fit and finish is better than in an A-Class. Passenger space is not class leading, especially in the back, but the big boot is very practical.
Ride quality is very good and unsurpassed by rivals. However, the focus on comfort has resulted in some compromises – the Q30 rolls more in corners than rivals and is far from the most fun to drive. Despite heavy sound deadening, wind and tyre noise is audible at higher speeds.
The engines available for the Q30 are fairly advanced and cheap to run but are beaten by rivals in performance and running costs. Nevertheless, the frugal 1.5-litre diesel is sure to be a hit with buyers and those looking for some performance can have a 205hp 2.0-litre petrol with grippy four-wheel-drive.
A high asking price and the fact that Infiniti is trying to steal customers of well-established premium makes, mean the Q30 is nicely equipped even at entry-level. It gets Bluetooth phone connectivity, climate control and a six speaker stereo.
Despite the comfortable ride, the Q30 is a brave purchase next to highly accomplished rivals
Infiniti is still in the phase where it has to offer more than rivals in order to steal their well-established customers. The Q30 does just that, to a point – you get arguably the best ride quality in class and a very distinctive design. However, at this price point, one starts to wonder will the more well-established rivals offer more value for money? And that is the core problem of the Q30 – if it was cheaper it would be more recommendable.
For some more detailed analysis of the Infiniti Q30’s strengths and weaknesses, read through the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, if you want to see what sort of offers are available on the Q30, look at the deals page.