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A Japanese vehicle with German components, built in UK – a mishmash or a new manufacturing trend? Neither option. This is a new Infinity Q30 premium hatchback, designed by Nissan’s subsidiary luxury brand. Remarkable styling, state-of-the-art trim and a good choice of powertrains add to the model’s highly-coveted features. Why choosing ‘an international’ hatch rather than a German or an American one? Infinity Q30 review will give you a hint.
Bodywork & Rivals
The 2016 Infinity Q30 is a truly unique vehicle, since it positions itself between a hatchback and a compact crossover. It shares the same platform with Mercedes A-Class models, featuring 4425x1800 mm dimensions (length/width) and 210 mm ground clearance. Its nearby competitors are Audi A3, Nissan Qashqai, and BMW 1-series.
Outside, the car shows off an elongated widely-recognizable hood with a curved grille and sweeping lights. The silhouette is distinguished by smooth muscular lines, flowing gently to the uncommon-shaped boot liftgate. The low-slung roofline, as well as black glossy wheel arches, adds the chassis some dynamics and charm.
Powertrain & Efficiency
The model’s choice of powertrains is a mixture of Mercedes and Renault-Nissan engines. Thus, the customer is free to choose between petrol or diesel motors, front-wheel or full-wheel drive variations with manual or robotic transmissions.
Petrol series is represented by a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol solution that offers 155 horsepower. The 2.0-liter unit is bundled with Sport trim; it produces 208 horsepower and 350 nm of torque, accelerating up to 62 m/h for just 7.2 seconds. The 1.5-liter turbodiesel is rated at 108 horsepower and 260 nm of torque. It hits 62 m/h for 12 seconds. Finally, the 2.2-liter diesel, rated at 166 horsepower, is bundled with noise cancelling technologies.
The 1.5/1.6-liter powertrains come with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed robotic transmission, whereas the 2.0/2.2-liter counterparts are available only with automatic gearboxes.
It goes without saying that diesel-equipped modifications are thought to emit lower levels of CO2. The 1.5-liter diesel emits only 108g/km CO2, consuming 68.9 mpg on combined driving cycle. The 1.6-liter petrol emits 138g/km CO2, requiring 47.1 mpg fuel. The things get worse with the 2.0-liter petrol unit that produces 156g/km CO2; nonetheless, its fuel efficiency equals to 42.2 mpg. The 2.2-liter diesel consumes 57.7 mpg fuel but emits 134g/km CO2.
To proceed with Infinity Q30 review, it’s curious to look inside the cabin. The hatch features a 5-door 5-seater layout. Both front and rear passengers have enough leg- and headroom. Coming in and out might be a bit awkward due to a lip at the rear doors’ top (though the opening angle achieves 90 degrees). Initially, the backbench is estimated for 2 occupants; however, smaller adults will find the central seat a retreat for short-distance drives.
With rear seats in place, the boot makes up 368 liters. The luggage is secured thanks to the tie-down points. When folding the backbench with 60/40 split, the boot space might be dramatically enlarged. Yet, the customers can feel some difficulties in packing the trunk because of usually shaped liftgate. The glovebox in the front, as well as door pockets, isn’t roomy; it’s only enough for a 500-ml bottle or so.
The front seats boast various power adjustments with memory settings which include upper and lower back support. The visibility level can’t be called remarkable due to the voluminous A-pillars. On the other hand, the rear window is large enough to get a clear view of the road.
Technology & Safety
The dashboard and fascia resonate with Mercedes’ design touch. The integrated InTouch infotainment system consists of a touchscreen, a set of buttons on the central console and a steering wheel with built-in controls. The Q30 comes standard with a navigation system that displays real-time localization & mapping.
In terms of safety, Infinity Q30 is a well-protected hatch. The list includes all-new facilities, such as high beam assist, blind spot monitoring, forward collision alert, forward emergency braking, cruise control, and some others.
City Black Edition Features
The 2016 Infinity Q30 will be available in several trims: SE, Sport, Premium, and City Black Edition. The latter adds graphite & black paint colors (graphite shadow, black obsidian) to four other paintworks (moonlight white, blade silver, magnetic red, ink blue).
This special edition boasts two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels, a dark-gray grille, side sills, satin door mirrors, and black rear bumper. Inside, the trim is coated in the high-end Alcantara materials which add exclusiveness to the layout.
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