Essentially a British-built, softer version of the Benz, it is cheekily priced at near parity but goes without all-wheel drive and AMG input for wheels, dynamics and other details. In its favour are ample luxury features and comprehensive safety gear. There are Nappa leather upholstery, 10-speaker Bose audio and “intelligent” cruise control. Capped servicing is $1620 for three years. Swoopy styling and “assertive’’ face grab attention but the Q30 can’t decide whether it’s a hatch or an SUV. The pert back end limits rearward vision but the boot is a good size. Functional, classy cabin has some unmistakeably Benz switchgear. Infotainment screen is a reasonable size and controls numerous functions. Decent performance from the 2.0-litre turbo (155kW/350Nm) driving the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. Don’t expect rapid progress. In sport mode it clocks 7.3 secs for 0-100kmh sprint and claims 6.3L/100km. Minimal noise and vibration enter cabin and the engine feels tractable and unobtrusive. Seven airbags aid a swag of driver assistance kit: autonomous emergency braking, active cruise control, speed sign recognition and 360 degree reverse camera. Other useful tech includes adaptive LED headlights and pop up bonnet for pedestrian protection. Quality rubber on 19-inch wheels gives impressive grip. Accelerate out of corners in lower gears and the wheel tugs at your hands. Push through the bends, and the nose will drift wide and scrub the tyres. The suspension is soft and the overall feel is cruisy rather than sporty. Select Sport mode and it goes a bit harder. The Q30 makes a good fist of everyday driving. Exhaust note lacks soul.