In­finiti Q30 has poise and panache

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Alis­tair Kennedy

Our test car is the lat­est, and most af­ford­able, model in the up­mar­ket Ja­panese In­finiti Q30 five-door hatch­back cross­over SUV.

It’s also the com­pany’s most im­por­tant model, sit­ting as it does in Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar, and most com­pet­i­tive, seg­ment.

In­ter­est­ingly, be­cause In­finiti’s par­ent com­pany Re­nault-Nis­san has a tech­ni­cal part­ner­ship with Daim­ler, the In­finiti Q30 shares a num­ber of com­po­nents, in­clud­ing its en­gines and trans­mis­sion, with the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

In­finiti Q30 comes in three vari­ants (GT, Sport and Sport Pre­mium) with the choice of three tur­bocharged en­gines: two petrol and one diesel.

There is also an all-wheel-drive ver­sion called QX30 that comes in GT and Pre­mium lev­els.

From any an­gle Q30 is a classy look­ing and stylish ve­hi­cle with a blend of coupe, hatch and SUV, de­pend­ing on the an­gle from which it is viewed.

The front is dom­i­nated by the In­finiti fam­ily grille, an eye-catch­ing dou­ble-arch sculpted unit fringed by nar­row head­lights.

The pro­file fea­tures a deep and sharp shoul­der line that runs through both the front and rear door han­dles to­gether with a sim­i­lar, more cur­va­ceous line near the bot­tom of the door.

With the ex­cep­tion of the head­lights in the en­try-level GT, which are halo­gen, all other ex­te­rior lights are LED, in­clud­ing day­time run­ning lights, fog lights, tail lights and brake lights. The Sport Pre­mium mod­els have a fixed-glass sun­roof with pow­ered sun­shade.

The GT runs on 18-inch al­loy wheels, Sport and Sport Pre­mium get 19-inch al­loys.

In­side the Q30 the sculpted styling con­tin­ues with a series of in­ter­sect­ing curves along the dash­board. We par­tic­u­larly like the nar­row A-pil­lars, which greatly as­sist ex­te­rior vis­i­bil­ity.

The cabin fea­tures high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als with a su­per-soft, tac­tile ma­te­rial used to line many of the sur­faces, such as door trims and the cen­tre arm­rest.

Sport Pre­mium mod­els get eight­way pow­ered front seats with three mem­ory set­tings.

There is rea­son­able pas­sen­ger space although the rear is tight in all di­men­sions for taller adults.

Boot space is bet­ter, at 430 litres, with a wide open­ing and square in­te­rior.

Drink-hold­ers take up most of the space be­tween the front seats, mean­ing that loose items need to be stored in the small­ish cen­tre con­sole which also houses the twin USB sock­ets.

The en­try-level GT comes with a 1.6-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine, while the Sport and Sport Pre­mium are avail­able with ei­ther a 2.0-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine or 2.2-litre tur­bocharged diesel. The 1.6-litre petrol en­gine in the Q30 GT de­liv­ers 115kW of power and 250Nm of torque from 1250 rpm.

The big­ger turbo-petrol has max­i­mum power up to 155kW and torque of 350Nm from 1200 revs.

Our test car, the 2.2-litre Sport turbo-diesel, comes up with 125kW of power and peak torque of 350Nm from an ac­ces­si­ble 1400 to 3400 rpm.

All mod­els share a Mercedes seven-speed dual-clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that has been re­tuned to suit the In­finiti.

Stan­dard safety fea­tures in­clude seven airbags, en­hanced brak­ing sys­tems, for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing, rear park­ing sen­sors, two ISOFIX child seat an­chors, and tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.

Sport mod­els add lane de­par­ture warn­ing and traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion, while the Sport Pre­mium also gets in­tel­li­gent cruise con­trol, in­tel­li­gent brake as­sist with dis­tance con­trol, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing, front park­ing sen­sors; 360-de­gree cam­era with mov­ing ob­ject de­tec­tion and in­tel­li­gent park as­sist.

In­finiti Q30 gets the max­i­mum five-star ANCAP rat­ing.

The Q30 uses the In­finiti InTouch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with a tablet-style 7.0-inch touch­screen.

Other fea­tures in­clude voice recog­ni­tion, speed-sen­si­tive vol­ume con­trol, Blue­tooth phone and au­dio stream­ing and twin USB socket. Sport Pre­mium mod­els get a pre­mium 10-speaker Bose au­dio sys­tem which is also op­tional with the Sport. The first thing we no­ticed was how quiet it was, courtesy of an Ac­tive Noise Can­cel­la­tion sys­tem, which emits sound waves through the door speak­ers to coun­ter­act en­gine and ex­ter­nal noises.

The seats are es­pe­cially com­fort­able, thanks to a new fea­ture In­finiti calls “zero grav­ity seats” that mould to the cur­va­ture of the oc­cu­pant’s spine.

Steer­ing is nicely weighted, re­spon­sive and lin­ear, while the ride is firm yet com­fort­able.

In­finiti Q30 is a stun­ning look­ing car that at­tracted plenty of ad­mir­ing looks dur­ing our week.

The cross­over tag means the Q30 will ap­peal to those look­ing for a prag­matic ur­ban ve­hi­cle with the added con­ve­nience of an SUV and the avail­abil­ity of all-wheel drive.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Motoring

Curves and sculpted lines make the In­finiti Q30 a real head-turner.

A deep, sharp shoul­der line runs through front and rear door han­dles.

In­finiti “zero grav­ity seats” mould to the cur­va­ture of the oc­cu­pant’s spine.

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