Infiniti Q30

infinity-q30-motability-car-sideInfiniti is a subsidiary of Nissan, created with the aim of making luxury cars, very much in the mold of Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus. The Q30 was designed in Nissan’s studio in London, engineered in Cranfield and is manufactured in Sunderland; but while it does share parts with Sunderlands greatest export, the Nissan Qashqai, it is a Nissan Mercedes alliance that underpins the Q30 as it’s built upon the A Class platform. To further globalise the Q30 the 1.5 diesel engine is designed by Renault under the Nissan Renault alliance which have been strategic partners since 1999, Mercedes joined the party in 2010.

 

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Infiniti has positioned the Q30 between the hatchback and crossover segments, but while that results in a higher ride height, there’s no more interior space than in any of its rivals, Audi A3 or BMW 1 Series. There’s plenty of room upfront but in the rear anybody approaching 6ft will find head and leg room restricted, and the narrow middle seat is only really suitable for children. With a capacity of 368 litres, the Q30 not only has a decent-sized boot, but it trumps the A-Class’s 341-litres and can also hold more than the 1 Series (360 litres), but less than the A3 hatchback (380 litres). Sadly it lacks the hooks and multiple storage areas found in rivals that would make it better suited to family life.

 

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On the inside the Infiniti is well-appointed and feels plush. Comfort is the key word here the seats have been designed with the aim of supporting your upper and lower back to relieve pressure by not straining one particular part.  In terms of solidity and quality, however, it’s a mixed bag. You’ll find better fit-and-finish in German rivals, with certain areas feeling a bit flimsy and rattles on models we’ve tested. But you do arguably the best ride quality in class, progress is smooth and quiet, apart from a bit of suspension thumping over the biggest pot holes it’s still easy to drive fast, but far from sporty.

 

infinity-q30-motability-carThe Q30 is only available in SE trim, The SE trim has 18 inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connection to the 7 inch touchscreen, all-round electric windows, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers, The Business pack (which is an option) adds Automatic dual zone air conditioning, heated and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors with power folding, LED front fog lamps, Lane Departure Warning, rain sensing wipers, driver’s power lumbar support, heated front seats, cruise control, InTouch navigation system and a DAB digital radio. The sole engine is the Renault designed 1.5 diesel with 108bhp paired to a seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, 0-62 is 11.9 seconds and economy a a claimed 65.7 miles per gallon, it’s not fast but there is enough of a mid range to keep you entertained.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Infiniti Q30 ‘SE’ 1.6 110bhp diesel Automatic  –  £999 Advance Payment (£64.8 +£173 wpms)