Designed to blur the lines between regular hatchback and proper SUV, the Q30 range features raised suspension and the kind of larger, taller bodywork expected of a compact SUV.
Engineered as part of the brand alliance between Nissan (Infiniti’s parent company) and Daimler (maker of Mercedes-Benz vehicles), the Q30 shares its platform, engines, transmission, and other key components with the Mercedes-Benz GLA range.
Infiniti has set itself apart with a unique body and interior design, Infiniti 'Zero Gravity' fatigue reducing seats, as well as its own suspension tune.
The three model Q30 range comprises the entry GT, mid-range Sport, and flagship Sport Premium.
The Q30 GT is powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine which produces 115kW and 250Nm, with fuel consumption of 6.0 l/100km on the combined cycle and a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 8.9 seconds.
Standard features in the GT include manually-adjusted front seats, fabric trim, manual air-conditioning controls, colour instrument cluster display, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Q30 Sport and Sport premium are available with a choice of 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, or 2.2 litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engines.
The petrol engine produces 155kW and 350Nm, with a 7.3 second 0-100km sprint time and fuel consumption rated at 6.3 l/100km. The diesel option provides 125kW and 350Nm, with 8.3 second acceleration and official fuel use of 5.2 l/100km.
All engine variants are paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel-drive.
The mid-grade Q30 Sport also picks up equipment that includes Alcantara and leatherette trim, sports seats with fixed headrests, a Dimamica (suede-look) headlining, sports styling, lowered suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, and LED headlights with adaptive front lighting.
The Q30 Sport Premium goes further with powered front seats with memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear seat air-vents, two-tone Nappa leather seat trim, heated headlamp washers, and an interior ambient lighting package.
All Q30’s come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, centre console rotary controller, and six-speaker audio for the GT and Sport. The Sport Premium features 10-speaker Bose audio with subwoofer and active noise cancelling, which can be optioned into the Sport for an extra $1000.
Safety features include seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag, pop-up bonnet, electrinic stability control, ABS brakes, rear view camera and rear park sensors, plus autonomous emergency braking across the range.
The Sport also features trafic sign recognition and lane departure warning, while the Sport Premium picks up adaptive cruise control, front park sensors, around-view cameras with 'moving object' detection, intelligent park assist, and blind-spot warning.
Q30 1.6t GT - $38,900
Q30 2.0t Sport - $44,900
Q30 2.2d Sports - $46,900
Q30 2.0t Sports Premium - $52,900
Q30 2.2d Sports Premium - $54,900