AutoCar had given Infiniti’s new Q30 a three and a half stars rating earlier this year and now, contributor Jimi Beckwith has to figure out if the Q30 deserves a larger chunk of the market by test driving one for a few months.
Selling for £1000 less than an automatic Audi S3 Sportback, the tester Q30 in Premium Tech Intouch trim has a hefty road price of £33,500. The small difference in cost may be one reason why the Q30 is not selling as well as the S3.
What buyers will get with that trim is a set of LED auto-levelling headlight and LED fog lights.
Of course with higher end vehicles, the headlights are automatic with optional automatic full beam that can be activated. Even the door mirrors house puddle lamps are heated and can be electronically adjusted or folded. For an extra £1800, buyers can get the Safety Pack consisting of around-view cameras, blindspot warning system, automatic park assistance and adaptive cruise control.
As for the Premium Tech cabin, it comes with leather upholstery, keyless entry and heated seats with plenty of features like lumbar adjustment electrically adjustable front seats with three memory settings.
His Q30 is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine and paired with a seven-speed dualclutch automatic transmission. Combined, it has a fuel economy rating of 64.2mpg and sends 168bhp to the front wheels.
So far, the morning commutes have been too cold for the Q30’s stop-start to kick in before he’s halfway to the office and a large family has been putting its cabin space to the test. That’s as far as his testing has gone, but Beckwith will publish more reviews in the coming months.