Big mainstream seller...the Infiniti Q30
"The test drive impressions we previously reported on at the car’s launch demonstrated that the Q30 offered impressive ride quality combined with long distance motorway comfort"
Loyal Infiniti customers sussed it pretty early on and have been smiling ever since
The rest of us tend to be married to the established premium brands we know and love, yet rarely do we sit down and compare pound for pound what we actually get for our money. Make such a calculation and you are likely to find Infiniti pops up on your short-list, especially now they’ve introduced the Q30, their first medium sized family vehicle.
Infiniti has its own DNA; it is a sporting, stylish brand seeking to combine performance with luxury and practicality. Formula 1 fans will be aware of their sponsorship association with the Red Bull Formula 1 team, and the consequent use of a Mr Sebastian Vettel to tune up the handling of their big Q50; rumour has it the said Vettel is pretty handy behind the wheel.
Yet Infiniti’s value for money plays just as big a part in the brand’s appeal. The Q30 for example, set to be their big mainstream seller, competes with the Audi A3, the BMW 1 Series, the Mercedes A Class and the Volvo V40, yet if you stand these models side by side with identical technical and accessory spec, you’ll find that many features you’d pay extra for on the other premium brands come standard on the Q30 at the quoted retail price. In short, you’ll be saving in the region of a couple of grand on the purchase price of your new car.
With the Q30, the intentions are to improve on volume year on year in the UK and build on the brand for the future. It is the right model for these ambitions, especially with the impressive range of engine and specification options opening it up to a good share of retail and fleet sales alike.
There are 4 engine options, two diesel (1.5 & 2.2 litre) and two petrol (1.6 & 2.0 litre) – all turbo charged, and available in 6 speed manual or 7 speed semi-automatic Dual -Clutch Transmission. The Q30 is powered by the rear wheels, apart from the 2.2 turbo diesel which is offered with a 4 wheel drive also.
The test drive impressions we previously reported on at the car’s launch demonstrated that the Q30 offered impressive ride quality combined with long distance motorway comfort, achieving in our view a good compromise between ride refinement and an engaging drive. The comparative ride refinement of the bigger engined 2.0 litre cars and the spritely driving dynamics of the highly competent 1.5 diesel both have significant driver appeal. Good steering feel, taking account of the weight and chassis characteristics of the Q30, was a high priority for Infiniti, making the driving both pleasurable and fun.
In terms of styling, we stand by our launch impression that the Q30 is a fine looker with the guts to be different without being offensive, whilst inside offering the cabin comfort and quality that earns it its badge as a premium car.
Whilst Infiniti may not yet be quite as established in the UK as the regular premium brands they are now the genuine alternative, so as a result you need not have concern about resale values. Independent value researchers CAP, predict that the Q30 will retain 39% of its value over three years and 60,000 miles which is directly comparable to other premium cars in the sector and ahead of the majority of the vehicles in this segment; whilst insurance premiums are as low as group 13 for the 1.5d.
There is a lot to the saying ‘less is more’, and the Q30 offers great value whilst leaving you with a little more in the bank when you drive away from the showroom.
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