Some of that is down to the Q30's conception: While it's built here in the UK, in Nissan's Washington plant in the north east of England, much of the oily bits come from Germany, shared with the Mercedes A-class. And that's largely how it feels to drive, albeit focused more towards comfort and refinement than sporting appeal.
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Equally, that rules out the Infiniti as being one of our favourites on the road, with neither a full-blown performance model available, nor the kind of entertaining handling some of the sportier models in this class offer. Keep this in mind, and you shouldn't be too disappointed.
It's a shame that the 2.0t petrol engine is only available in Sport trim. While it might seem like the natural combination for evo readers, the Q30 is hardly a sporty car in the first place so we'd otherwise be tempted to opt for a car on smaller wheels and softer suspension, and reap the benefits of the Q30's ride quality. If there's an up-side, it's that the Q30 still rides pretty well in Sport trim. If comfort is a priority, the Q30 is worth a look.
Styling is always a matter of subjectivity, but the Q30's swooping forms are undoubtedly welcome in a class where reserved German models have traditionally dominated. It endows the Q30 with some personality, which is an admirable quality and something the only other Japanese car in this class – the Lexus CT 200h – sorely lacks. Infinitis are not a common sight on UK roads but this may be the car to change that.
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- 1Infiniti Q30 review - Japanese premium compact takes on German rivals - currently reading
- 2Infiniti Q30 performance and 0-60mph time
- 3Infiniti Q30 engine and gearbox
- 4Infiniti Q30 ride and handling
- 5Infiniti Q30 MPG and running costs
- 6Infiniti Q30 prices, specs and rivals
- 7Infiniti Q30 interior and tech
- 8Infiniti Q30 design