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Infiniti Q30 22d Sports
At the risk of understatement, the Q30 compact hatch is an important model for Infiniti.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance prestige brand is banking on the newcomer to generate much-needed sales volume locally as it progressively grows its Australian dealer network (from three in 2012 to nine in 2016) and broadens its model line-up.
Built in Sunderland, England, the Q30 is available in three grades: GT, Sports and Sports Premium. Underpinning the sharp and stylish body is Mercedes-Benz engineering: MFA small car platform, choice of 1.6-litre/2.0-litre turbo-petrol and 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines, seven-speed
dual-clutch transmission and suspension hardware.
Prices range from $38,900 to $54,900, with the Sports turbo-diesel (as tested) coming in piggy-in-the-middle at $46,900. Infiniti offers a four-year/100,000km warranty while servicing – scheduled for 12 months or 25,000km – is capped for the first three services, which works out at a total of $540.
The smart-looking interior also has a touch of the three-pointed star, with the steering wheel, dials, ventilation controls, some switchgear, and even the key, all borrowed from the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
Front head and leg room is generous and cargo capacity highly competitive for this segment.
The standard equipment inventory is extensive, though omission of a reversing camera and aircon vents for rear passengers rates as unacceptable
on a near-$50k car.
With 350Nm peak torque from 1400-3400rpm, the turbo-diesel gives its best at highway cruising speeds, loping along at low revs in seventh gear and delivering optimum fuel economy (ADR combined-cycle fuel consumption is 5.2 litres/100km). All the while, you’re ensconced in a quiet and comfy cabin, well-supported by a sport seat with Infiniti’s InTouch system providing comprehensive information and entertainment.
Alas, said engine is not so convincing at low speeds and stop/start driving. Moving off, the throttle response feels doughy and the dual-clutch transmission jerky. With 15mm lower ride height and springs seven percent stiffer, the Sports is set up for sharper handling and tighter body control than the GT, though it’s no BMW 1 Series even in Sport mode.
The trade-off is (predictably) a firmer ride, something particularly noticeable over anything less than a smooth hot mix surface.
Shortcomings notwithstanding, don’t write off the Q30. Check out the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre turbo-petrol versions instead. They make for an overall better drive than the turbo-diesel.
Style, quiet cabin, comfy and economical cruiser.
No reversing camera or rear aircon vents, doughy diesel.
||2.2-litre, turbo diesel 4-cyl.
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.