For champagne tastes
Beneath the Infiniti’s swoopy panels is Mercedes A-Class running gear
LITTLE things mean a lot in the Infiniti Q30. You could argue it’s the same in every car, because you need to feel good at the wheel and as a passenger.
The Infiniti is a special case because the Q30 is really a Mercedes-Benz A-Class in a sharp little party frock. It arrives as part of a share deal between Daimler and RenaultNissan that will also spin off a Mercedes ute with Nissan Navara underpinnings.
Given the donor vehicle, the Q30 comes as a compact frontwheel drive with three turbo engine options, including a diesel, and in GT, Sports and Sports Premium packages priced from $38,900 to $52,900. It is built in Britain, conveniently close to Daimler suppliers in Europe, despite coming from a Japanese brand.
Infiniti is launching a major attack with the Q30 (and the QX30 all-wheel drive that sells alongside it), because it finally has a car with the right size and price to tempt buyers from other brands. Potential targets are uncommitted younger shoppers and those who aren’t rusted on to the German prestige brands.
So the Q30 is the car that Infiniti desperately needs to get the brand moving in Australia, after importing lacklustre midsized models and SUVs that worked in the US but struggled to make an impact here.
The car comes with five-star safety, despite the base GT lacking a reversing camera, and the five-door hatch displays impressive quality. Suspension and steering have been tuned to give a different feel to the equivalent Benzes.
On that score, the Q30