In­finiti Q30 : Ja­panese Gothic Baroque

The Pullman Magazine - - Styles - TEXT MICHEL HOLTZ

Un­til today, any­one look­ing to pur­chase a com­pact pre­mium car ba­si­cally had two choices: Ger­man or Ger­man. The Mercedes A-Class, BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 are, with­out ques­tion, all per­fectly man­u­fac­tured, but also per­fectly main­stream. But now there’s an­other al­ter­na­tive. Well, kind of. The per­fectly as­ton­ish­ing In­finiti Q30 ac­tu­ally shares the same me­chan­ics as the so-called "small" Mercedes. But un­like its Ger­man coun­ter­part, the brand new Ja­panese cre­ation (In­finiti is Nis­san’s lux­ury di­vi­sion) flaunts a dar­ingly an­gu­lar de­sign rem­i­nis­cent of Bil­bao’s Guggen­heim mu­seum, with doors and bon­net all suc­cumb­ing to the sweep­ing ridges and ribs. For­tu­nately, the Q30 re­mains beau­ti­fully har­mo­nious both inside and out, with an ex­cep­tional level of com­fort even help­ing us for­get the some­what tor­tured de­sign. Its sus­pen­sion comes close to strik­ing the per­fect com­pro­mise, com­bin­ing easy han­dling with good road-hold­ing abil­i­ties. As for its Mercedes en­gines, mean­while, the 109 hp diesel op­tion will win the hearts of the fam­ily man, whilst the 211 hp petrol en­gine will suit those look­ing for a more sporty drive. This city car has plenty go­ing for it and still re­mains rel­a­tively un­known in Europe, de­spite al­ready en­joy­ing sub­stan­tial fame across both Asia and North­ern Amer­ica.

When fu­ture and past be­come one From the new In­finiti to the leg­endary Alfa

IN­FINITI Q30 : The com­pact Ja­panese car com­bines the best of Mercedes engi­neer­ing with a unique and dar­ing de­sign.

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