Infiniti Q30 long-term test review: justifies the increase in price?

As my time in the Infiniti Q30 is nearing its end, I’ve become disillusioned with it. It’s tech heavy, we have established that in previous reports, but at more than £30k, you should have all the bells and whistles included. I recently noticed that the price of the car we’re testing has risen by £850, £34,350, in the six months since it joined our fleet.

Infiniti united kingdom tells us that the mark-up is connected with taxes, and increases in the costs of the options and the vehicle itself. In any way, for that price, I’d expect more. For example, I would like to a wide range of adjustment in the driver’s seat. Being long of body, I have to slouch to avoid brushing my hair on the roof. It is a surprise, also, that there is no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto yet. What is most likely to come in the facelifted version in 2019.

Electric tailgate, although it is not common in the hatches, it would be good, given the high ride. Lower-spec Toyotas get inductive smartphone charging but the Infiniti does not. The Vauxhall Astra even comes to Wifi and the Lexus ct200 are recommended has a start button and privacy glass as standard. Does The Q30? What the heck.

Despite the Q30 to be one of the safest cars on the road, according to Euro NCAP ratings, an equivalent of Vauxhall’s OnStar collision and the breakdown of the response of the system does not go wrong. In its place, there is a system of information and entertainment, as described by a colleague as “a bit of Windows 98”.

Maybe I’m spoiled, but if your hatchback of the costs of a large short-of an entry-level BMW 5 Series, there is a level of equipment that you expect. Despite the Q30 decent refinement and other charms, in terms of kit that I have found little that is above average in terms of convenience that is not an optional extra. That is a little annoying.


Price £31,700 Price as tested £34,350 Economy 38.2 mpg Faults None Expenses None Mileage 8103


In a cabin full of Alcantara, wood and leather, the Infiniti Q30 cheap-looking plastic B-pillar trim stands out, especially when the safety belt buckle of fighting against it as you turn to leave. Maybe that is why sales are slow: no matter how refined it is during a driving test, the last seconds — the bit that I’m going to remember — it might be the worst part of your trip.


The Q30 is loaded with technology. When parking, all-round sensors, a rearview camera and a surround view monitor to make it pretty easy to fall into a predicament in one of several plants.

It is so, because the car’s Intelligent park assist can be a liability. In the right circumstances, when parallel parking, it is a dream. Discover a space, indicate, and the system takes over. All you have to do is brake when necessary, and make sure not to run anyone over.

But the system of struggle with the parking bay. Attempt to park in a bay to the right and five times out of 10 it works beautifully. Other times, you drift beyond the area in the hope that the car dot and the small arrow symbol will appear, only for it never to show. Slightly embarrassed, then find another space, and, after another lost opportunity for the parking system, park-in yourself. Parking bay to the left? The success rate reduces to about one of every 10. Here is what can happen. After selecting a perfect place in the center of three empty bays, the system offers his help. The notifications appear, the process begins, and the steering wheel is further away, until you realize that you’re perpendicular to the other cars. The system has been parked in parallel through three spaces, and one is left looking a little foolish and a lot less dignified than what you can do on a £33,500 car. JB


Price £31,700 Price as tested £33,500 Economy 43.4 mpg Faults None Expenses Replacement of front tyre and fit from £166.99 Mileage 6478


Our stylish Nissan has been in the wars. A fat screw embedded in the offside front tire, necessitating a trip to Kwik Fit for a replacement. We were in and out in an hour, although if we had specified 19in wheels of our car in place of 18 years, you would have had to wait a couple of days for a bigger size of the tires to be delivered. Thanks god to give us the rate of practicality and driving quality on the style, eh? MB


Price £31,700 Price as tested £33,500 Economy 43.4 mpg Faults None Expenses Replacement of front tyre and fit from £166.99 Mileage 5369


An unfortunate motorist has been scraping the Infiniti. The Q30 has mild hints of ruggedness, including some plastic wheel arch surrounds. Useful, one of these bore the brunt of the damage. With a little elbow grease, I polished the worst of the pasta you can see above, a little to the reduction of my frustration at the unknown assailant. MB


Price £31,700 Price as tested £33,500 Economy 43.4 mpg Faults None Expenses Replacement of front tyre and fit from £166.99 Mileage 5988


Should you be considering an Infiniti, I would recommend asking your dealer to take a test drive for a couple of days, instead of just going for a short walk around the block.

I was recently immersed in our Q30 for a solid fifteen days, during which time my opinion about the car, flip-flop among the disappointed, frankly, baffled and at times quite impressed.

My first impressions were not positive. Of course, I had jumped directly from a silken Jaguar XF diesel V6 is worth twice the price, but the Q30 felt very unrefined for a car with pretensions of fighting with the Audi A3. At the start and during acceleration, the 2.2-litre diesel engine ran away aggressively, and the car ride felt so uncharitable as US border guard.

I was also surprised by the amount of the Mercedes-Benz a-Class (on which the Q30 is based) is still evident in the cabin. I figured Infiniti would go to greater lengths to disguise it, but there is no doubt that the origins, no less the instrument of the graphics screen, and much of the cell. Heck, even the locking wheel nut carries a three-pointed star.

It is all clearly Germanic in origin and quality, so that, at least, is a positive attribute, but the general impression is that of a lack of cohesion seen and felt. The identity crisis is a pity, because I admire the Q30 in bold in the appearance.

As the first critical decreased, what became clear is that the Q30 is a solid bottom car. Later in the evening, I forewent my boring M3 motorway back home and instead decided to take some flowing country roads and I even found myself enjoying what is, without doubt, a great handling chassis. Infiniti challenge is to convince car buyers, short in time, and perhaps patience, to give him a chance. That is an uphill job, but I’m not going to be sniffy about nabbing our Q30 in the future, even if the car is a squat black key looks identical to a Merc…


Price £31,700 Price as tested £33,500 Economy 43.4 mpg Faults None Expenses Replacement of front tyre and fit from £166.99

I’ve been a fan of the Q30’s style since I saw it for the first time, but during a recent visit to a dealership Mazda, I realized why: it has an apparent double in the form of the Mazda 3. The similarities have already been pointed out in the past but is emphasized by the two cars using identical paint schemes. What my photo does not show is that the rear of the Q30 has a muscular look than the 3.

Mileage 2780


It has been easy to appreciate the Infiniti Q30 strengths during his first month with us.

Cruise along the M3 motorway once a week is a delight. The quiet comfort of driving at speed, a beautiful piece of overtaking power and the tranquility of the cabin of a team to create one of the most relaxing of the automotive space that I have lived.

Pair these with a high quality sound system and adaptive cruise control and the Q30 transforms the usual 80-minute slog in one of the most chill-out periods in my life, and I hope that the trip throughout the week. The only thing that could make the experience even more enjoyable would be massaging seats, though this is quite rare in this price level.

An early opportunity to find out how well the Q30 could multi-task occurred when I was asked to pick up some of the bulky furniture to a member of the family who live two and a half hours away. Five dining chairs and extension leaf for a table of oak fitted comfortably in the back of the Q30 with the rear seats folded, even if the already slim rear screen was almost completely blocked. The most voluminous of the parts of the table had to be squeezed in a small van, but the Q30 showed that its load capacity should not be underestimated.

The steeply raked rear screen, it caused some concern about it being broken by an errant chair leg – smooth ride and seatbelting the burden relieved by this – and I was also aware of the possibility of wood damage the well-appointed cabin. However, both the car and the cargo that arrives without damage, in good time. I’m beginning to expect nothing less from the Q30.

Two of the ticks in the list of requirements for the Q30, then. Boot space is an easy win for a manufacturer, but the comfort is more difficult. It seems that I’m going to have to delve further to find the source of the Q30 the shortage on the uk roads.


Price £31,700 Price as tested £33,500 Economy 47.0 mpg Faults None Expenses None


It is difficult to leave the Infiniti Q30 waiting for me at the start of his six months of residence in the Coach.

The light of the Moon White, slightly raised premium hatchback certainly stands out among its rivals as a bit of a spectator – a mass of wrinkles and the flames that arise in a multi-storey car park full of German conservatism.

Gave us the Q30 a promising, but not a leader in its category of three stars and a half when we road tested earlier this year – not bad for a company with Infiniti of diminutive stature in the united kingdom. But in the that the mark of the ambition of increasing its size from the 2813 sales in all of its range had accumulated in the 2016, at the end of November, the Q30 is going to be a key player. In the same period, Audi racked up more than 14 times this number of sales only with the A3, the uk’s best-selling premium hatch of this size.

So I have the not inconsiderable task of figuring out if the Q30 deserves the same, or at least a healthy portion of this market. The on-the-road price of the car is £33,500. Gulp. That’s less than £1000 shy of an automatic system of Audi S3 Sportback – a reason that the Q30 is not selling more than the A3.

In Premium Tech Intouch spec – the most high-spec Q30 is there – has the goods to go with the looks, however. Starting at the front, it is equipped with LED auto-leveling headlights, which, from my experience so far, are as sharp as you would like them to be, as well as LED foglights. Naturally, for a car of this class, the headlights are automatic, automatic with the entirety of the manga if you choose to activate.

The mirrors of the doors of the house of the puddle lamps and heated electrically adjustable and foldable, as well as the housing around-view cameras, courtesy of an £1800 Package the Security. Let’s hope that no inconsiderate soul knocks one of them out; I’m sure that is not cheap to replace.

The Safety Pack also includes a blindspot warning system, automatic park assistance and the adaptive cruise control, is a great technological leap over the relatively conventional, cruise control, automatic wipers and a simple reversing camera with parking sensors from my old Ssangyong Tivoli, although the Infiniti is nearly double the price. The Q30 has the auto wipers, camera, and sensors, too.

Premium Tech spec gets a leather-trimmed cabin and a synthetic suede headlining on the one-step-down Premium, as well as keyless entry. Premium and Premium Tech car heated seats with lumbar adjustment, and our Q30 adds power-adjustable front seats with three memory settings, a rear armrest and ski hatch. The Intouch part of the car’s specification, meanwhile, brings a complex system of satellite navigation, DAB radio and traffic sign recognition.

Our Q30 is equipped with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, a seven-speed dualclutch automatic gearbox and the noise cancellation technology, in order to suppress the sound of the engine. Infiniti claimed combined fuel consumption figure 64.2 mpg. Given the Q30’s 50-litre fuel tank, filling should be an infrequent occurrence. Let’s see.

Euro NCAP rated the Q30 as the safest small family car in March and it is easy to see why. In our car, there are seven airbags, lane departure warning, monitor tire pressure and a lot of behind the scenes of driver aids such as front collision warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive brake assist. The last of these applies the correct amount of force if it detects insufficient braking, but not so much as to cause a rearend collision. Suffice it to say that, six months after suffering a serious car accident, it seems to me that these features provide plenty of peace of mind.

This, as a force, is a good starting point. What the Q30 needs to do to gain ground in the premium hatch of the favorites, although the list is quite long, and the merit in this segment definitely reflects the volume of sales. Taking into account the Q30 scored the same in the hands of our testers as the BMW 1 Series, Mini Clubman and the Volvo V40 – the fifth, fourth and third position, with the cars on the Q30 of the segment respectively – Infiniti is not very far off the mark with opening of the hatch.

Infiniti parent company, Nissan, has applied some magic to make the Qashqai consistently one of the uk’s favourite cars, and the fundamentals of the Q30 are the Mercedes-Benz-Class – Mercedes being the newly declared largest premium car manufacturer in the world – for the next six months will reveal if the Q30 has been sprinkled with the same fairy dust.

How am I going to find this, during my time with the Q30 may vary. A great family, from children up to 6 feet 4 inch guys – will be your space for the passengers through their paces, and with this mix comes from an excess of gear to fit in your boot. A weekly program of the motorway knowing you will get the long-distance jokes out of the way, and a journal tracking the urban commute has been taken in the Q30 stride, if a little hurting on your fuel economy early. Cooler mornings mean more cold engine, so that the Q30 stop-start does not kick in before I’m half way to the office. Damn.

Apart from this, the Q30 has been fit for purpose in the purest sense of the phrase. To my mostly solitary travel or even tickling in the Q30 capacity, but with the perspective of a decidedly new luxury car is exciting potential passengers and a glut of the functions of the family and errands around the corner, my list of requirements for the Q30 has been multiplied by ten. I’m going to let you know that in the next few months how it gets in.


Price £31,700 Price as tested £33,500 Options in the light of the Moon White paint £670, Safety Pack £1800 Economy 40.9 mpg Faults None Expenses None