Anyone who’s been in a Mercedes A-Class will find the Q30’s interior quite similar.
It uses the same buttons and switches, but given how good Mercedes interiors have become lately that’s not a bad thing. Where they start to differ is in the materials used – the Q30’s cabin is more stylish to look at and has a more luxurious feel.
The suede-like roof lining and the leather-wrapped dashboard are just a few of the little details that in their entirety make for one of the best cabins in class. However, start moving down the dashboard and quality gets poorer. Critics say the Audi A3 still has a better perceived quality.
The soft leather really makes it feel premium
The infotainment system is also borrowed from the A-Class and isn’t the latest version. That said, it’s quite intuitive to use with the rotary dial on the centre console. Postcode lookup and route planning are fast and easy to use but the actual guidance is indecisive at times – BMW and Audi are better at finding the quickest way to your destination.