The company’s first foray into the compact segment

Launched in 2016, the Q30 is Infiniti’s first luxury hatchback model. Unlike other products which are based on existing Nissan models, the Q30 is actually built on the third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class and uses the German car’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Employing a stylish yet sporty design that uses Infiniti’s current styling language, the Q30 is also available as a high-riding crossover, dubbed QX30 in most markets. In the U.S., however, the Q30 is sold as the QX30S, while the crossover is marketed as the QX30 AWD.

With a debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Q30 is Infiniti’s first foray into the compact segment. It looks to be the make’s smallest and most affordable model yet, and Infiniti hopes it can help expand its global presence substantially. It’s a brand new venture for the make, and as such, it comes with a lot of high expectations. Infiniti says it isn’t the “little brother or sister” to some larger model, which is fantastic for drawing in a new audience. But does it have the goods to seal the deal?

Have a closer look at our full review to find out more about that.

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti Q30.

  • 2017 Infiniti Q30
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    7-Speed Dual-Clutch
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    208 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    258 @ 1200
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    30000 (Est.)
  • car segment:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    8.7/10

Exterior

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Just like the 2015 Infiniti QX30 Concept, we got a good look at what Infiniti had in mind when it revealed the 2013 Infiniti Q30 Concept in Frankfurt two years ago.

Love it or hate it, it’s an undeniably unique-looking piece of design, and you gotta give it up to Infiniti for actually coming through with a compact so aesthetically removed from the status quo.

Impressively, Infiniti carried over a lot of the original concept’s styling. The same basic shape is still present with all those signature Infiniti elements: there’s a double-arch grille up front, the hood line has a double-wave effect stretching into the profile, and the grille has a 3D-effect mesh.

Searching for differences, we see the front bumper doesn’t jut out quite as far, the headlights have been tweaked, the side skirts are less aggressive, the side mirrors are milder, the rear is a bit chunkier and the exhaust tips are smaller. But on balance, that’s not a lot, especially when you consider the drastic differences between most concepts and their production equivalents.

Love it or hate it, it’s an undeniably unique-looking piece of design, and you gotta give it up to Infiniti for actually coming through with a compact so aesthetically removed from the status quo.

Complementing the distinctive look is satin chrome-plated trim that won’t burn you on sunny days and black lacquer trim around the wheel arches and side skirts designed to visually elevate the Q30’s stance. There are also a variety of wheel accent color customization options.

Exterior Dimensions

Overall length 4,425 MM (174.21 Inches)
Overall width (with door mirrors) 2,083 MM (82.00 Inches)
Overall height (unladen) 1,495 MM (58.85 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,700 MM (106.29 Inches)

Interior

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Inside, the Q30 breaks a little bit more from the concept, but still maintains that asymmetric layout. Also, the exterior’s wavy, undulating design elements reappear on the dash, chrome-trimmed vents and center stack.

While slightly more mundane, the interior is still very premium, undoubtedly on par with a product hailing from Germany, bringing leather, wood and aluminum to the party.

While slightly more mundane, the interior is still very premium, undoubtedly on par with a product hailing from Germany, bringing leather, wood and aluminum to the party. There are soft-touch materials in the door trim and armrests, and Dinamica (an Italian-made faux suede) on the roofline and pillars.

There are three available interior color schemes available: “City Black,” which offers black upholstery and purple stitching, “Café Teak,” which offers a combination of black and brown upholstery with black stitching, and “Gallery White,” which offers white leather upholstery with red accents.

In keeping with the Q30’s aspirations for a refined ride, a good deal of attention was paid to NVH (Noise/Vibration/Harshness). Using something called the Articulation Index, Infiniti measured the voice volume needed to hold an understandable conversation when the car is in motion, consequently claiming a 10 percent improvement over the “leading segment competition” while traveling at 75 mph.

Assisting this is Active Noise Cancellation technology, which uses the stereo to issue sound waves that counteract engine and road noise.

The seats were designed to match the curve of the passenger’s spine, making them much more supportive. Sports seats are also offered as an available feature, a first for the luxury-inclined Infiniti brand (the sports seats still come with eight-way adjustability and power lumbar support).

For infotainment, the latest version of Infiniti’s InTouch system comes with a touchscreen easily accessible from the driver’s seat.

And since this model was designed in part for owners leading an “active” lifestyle, there’s lots of space for storage in the rear –13 cubic-feet, to be exact.

Drivetrain

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The Q30 may be a new model for Infiniti, but the automaker decided to base it off some tried-and-true underpinnings, starting with the Mercedes’ MFA architecture. You may have heard of it – it’s the same bones that hold together the 2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class, the 2014-2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

The suspension consists of MacPherson struts up front and a multilink layout in the rear – just like the Mercedes A-Class, and pretty standard for this segment.

From there, Infiniti reports that more than 750 engineers from Japan and Europe got to work developing the Q30, searching for just the right equilibrium between ride refinement and handling prowess. To this end, 50 different shock absorber variations were considered before the final decision was made.

The suspension consists of MacPherson struts up front and a multilink layout in the rear – just like the Mercedes A-Class, and pretty standard for this segment.

There are, however, a few differences between trim levels, with the base and Premium Q30 geared towards smoothness and comfort, while the Sport is logically lower and stiffer.

Speed sensitive-steering rounds out the handling, offering a light feel around town and greater resistance as speeds rise.

U.S. customers get only one engine option: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas unit that makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, across the pond, buyers will have a range of engines to choose from, including a 1.6-liter four-cylinder in two states of tune (either 120-horsepower or 154-horsepower), a 107-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel and a 168-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel. Europe-bound Premium and Sport models also get the U.S.-spec 208-horsepower 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder.

Routing power is a slick seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, offering either fully automatic gear changes or hands-on paddle shifting. There’s also a six-speed manual available for third-pedal fans.

Finally, sometimes all that matters is if you sound fast, regardless of actual speed potential. To that end, the Q30 comes with Active Sound Enhancement, which changes the exhaust note to offer better acoustic entertainment when accelerating through the gears. How BMW-esque.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 2.0-liter gasoline
Displacement 1991 cc
Cylinders 4 cyl in-line
Output 208 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 258 LB-FT @ 1,200-4,000 RPM
Transmission 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission/6-Speed Manual Transmission

Note: American engine listed here

Engine 1.6-litre petrol 1.6-litre petrol 2.0-litre petrol 1.5-litre diesel 2.2-litre diesel
Displacement 1595 cc 1595 cc 1991 cc 1461 cc 2143 cc
Cylinders 4 cyl in-line 4 cyl in-line 4 cyl in-line 4 cyl in-line 4 cyl in-line
Valves 16V 16V 16V 8V 16v
Max power 120 HP @ 5,000 RPM 154 HP @ 5,300 RPM 207 HP @ 5,500 RPM 107 HP @ 4,000 RPM 167 HP @ 3,400-4,000 RPM
Max torque 147 LB-FT @ 1,250-4,000 RPM 184 LB-FT @ 1,250-4,000 RPM 258 LB-FT @ 1,200-4,000 RPM 191 LB-FT @ 1,750-2,500 RPM 258 LB-FT @ 1,400-3,400 RPM
Fuel system DIG w/ CAMTRONIC DIG w/ CAMTRONIC DIG W/O CAMTRONIC Common Rail Direct Injection Direct injection
Fuel economy combined cycle (l/100km) from 3.9 4.1 5.8 6.0 5.1
CO2 (g/km) from 103 108 134 139 133

Note: European specs listed here.

Safety

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While exact crash ratings for the Q30 have yet to be released, Infiniti did give us the lowdown on features that are sure to make it safe. These start with good visibility, with thin A-pillars that give the driver a better view forward. There are also a variety of automated features, including forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind-spot warning for safer lane changes, a parking assist that monitors for nearby moving objects, adaptive cruise control and automatic high/low beams for the headlights.

Prices

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U.S. pricing for the Q30, which will be sold as the QX30S on this side of the pond, is not yet available, but we already know that the QX30 crossover retails from $29,950. As a result, the hatchback should also start from under $30K. For reference, in the United Kingdom prices start from £19,780 for the gasoline version and £20,730 for the diesel variant. These figures convert around $26,250 and $27,520, respectively.

Competition

2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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Since the Infiniti Q30 is essentially a re-bodied A-Class, I couldn’t just ignore the German hatch in this comparison. With a facelift for the 2016 model year, the A-Class received mildly revised fascias front and rear, an updated instrument cluster, and a larger eight-inch screen for the infotainment system.

Under the hood, the A-Class continues with a wide array of four-cylinder engines. The gasoline lineup includes both 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter units that generate between 102 horsepower and 132 pound-feet and 218 horses and 258 pound-feet. In the diesel department, there are Renault-sourced 1.5-liter and in-house-developed 2.1-liter mills good for up to 177 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Unfortunately for U.S. enthusiasts, the A-Class is not available stateside, most likely because Germans think hatchbacks aren’t popular enough on these shores. In Germany, a base A-Class retails from around €25,000 ($27,350).

Read our full review here.

2016 BMW 1 Series

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The 1 Series is yet another premium hatchback we can’t have in the U.S., and it seems that won’t change until the next-generation, FWD model arrives in 2018. Meanwhile, European customers have access to a facelifted model sporting a revised exterior and a mildly updated interior with more standard features.

Engine-wise, the 1 Series is nearly as diverse as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Gasoline models come with a choice of four engines, including a 1.5-liter three-cylinder, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a 3.0-liter inline-six. The least powerful model benefits from 109 horsepower, while the range-topping version cranks out 326 horses. On the diesel front, BMW just added a new three-cylinder unit that returns a combined economy of 69.2 mpg. Other choices include 2.0-liter four-pots with 150, 190, and 224 horsepower.

Read our full review here.

2015 Volkswagen Golf

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Granted, the Volkswagen Golf isn’t as fancy as the A-Class, and it won’t match the Infiniti Q30 in terms of amenities and creature comforts, but I will justify its presence in this comparison by the fact that it’s one of the very few hatchbacks you can buy in the U.S.

The Golf can be had in one of three versions. There’s the 1.8T two-door powered by a 1.8-liter, inline-four rated at 170 horsepower, and a five-door version with the same specifications. The diesel, motivated by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder generating 150 horses, is only available as a five-door. Pricing starts from $17,995 with the gas engine and from $22,345 with the diesel.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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So then, Infiniti is bringing a new premium compact hatch to market. Why now, and why a compact?

For starters, Infiniti is growing, setting a string of company sales records in 2015. Coinciding with this growth is expansion in the premium compact segment, and if Infiniti wants to attract new customers, a car like the Q30 could be very successful. Throw in saved development cost by sourcing a platform from Mercedes, and it starts to make sense.

Infiniti is framing the Q30 as a car for a worldwide audience, but the question remains – is it? The styling, while attractive to my eye, might not strike the same chord with others. The interior is nice, but there is a lot of competition out there when it comes to amenities. The drivetrain looks acceptable, but there are sportier options on the table.

The fact this hatchback is actually coming to the U.S. speaks to the confidence behind it, but at the end of the day, the Q30 is a bold move for Infiniti. This is still uncharted territory for the make, and it remains to be seen if the Q30 will sail through or run aground.

  • Leave it
    • * Basically a re-bodied A-Class
    • * New segment entry for Infiniti
    • * FWD only

Updated History

Updated 09/29/2015: We’ve added a series of new images we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

Updated 09/14/2015: The new Infiniti Q30 made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Updated 09/01/2015: Infiniti dropped a series of new images for its upcoming Q30 compact car, this time revealing details of the interior.

Updated 07/21/2015: Infiniti dropped the first official image and details on the upcoming Q30 compact hatchback and announced its public debut will be made in September at the International Frankfurt Motor Show.

Updated 05/16/2013: Today we have created a rendering for the upcoming Infinti Q30. Click past the jump to see how it differs from the Etherea concept.

Rendering

The Etherea concept was a mix of coupe, sedan, hatchback and crossover, so you can easily imagine it was rather awkward. Of course, we cannot expect the same to happen with the production Q30.

For the production version, we expect Infiniti to opt for revised proportions, a more detailed front end, new headlights, door handles, mirrors, side skirts, a bit smaller wheels and windshield wipers. In short, Infiniti will basically clean things up a little bit, bring the proportions into reality and add all of the elements it needs to become a road-going car.

Spy Shots

February 23, 2015 - Infiniti Q30 drops camouflage

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December 29, 2014 - Infiniti Q30 Begins Winter Testing

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November 10, 2014 - First testing session

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Press Release

Making its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (September 15), the Infiniti Q30 active compact is a new type of premium vehicle for a new type of consumer. Representing Infiniti’s first global entry into the fast-growing premium compact segment, the Q30 will play an important role in helping the company realize its plans for global growth.

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Designed for a new generation of buyers who are not willing to be defined by their choice of vehicle body type, the Q30 challenges convention with its bold character and daring shape. The car stays true to the signature design cues from the original 2013 concept and exemplifies Infiniti’s design-led, customer-centric approach to product development. The unconventional stance and asymmetric interior contribute to an overall design that is certain to command attention.

The development teams behind the Q30 have taken a holistic approach to its engineering, presenting a car that offers exceptional ride and handling. It feels comfortable yet "ready to go anywhere" thanks to the versatile dimensions, confident dynamics and intuitive technologies.

In addition to the base model, two bespoke versions of the Q30 will be available: "Premium" and "Sport." Each will have its own unique personality, including design, dimensions and driving performance – offering premium compact buyers a choice that is specific to their personal needs and preferences.

"Q30 makes a daring visual statement through its sculpted, concept car-like exterior, unconventional stance and asymmetric cabin design. The car has been engineered to exacting standards to deliver a driving experience that is unmistakably Infiniti. Q30 will accelerate the company’s strategy to become a leading global manufacturer of premium cars."
Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti

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Q30 is a vital part of Infiniti’s plans for global growth

The launch of the Q30 active compact comes at a moment of significant opportunity for the Infiniti brand, and it will play a vital role in global growth and strengthening of its presence in key sales regions.

Infiniti sold a record 136,700 new vehicles worldwide during the first eight months of 2015, representing an increase of 14 percent compared to the same period in 2014. The brand also set records in China, Asia & Oceania, and EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa).

In August alone, Infiniti posted global sales of 16,900, an increase of 19 percent over the same month last year. This marked the best August in Infiniti’s history, and the brand has now reached a 12-month streak of best individual months on record. Sales records were set in many key markets, such as Australia, Canada, China, Latin America, Mexico, South Africa and West Europe.

"These excellent results provide a strong foundation for future growth globally and in key regions, and the launch of Q30 means we’re well positioned to carry forward this momentum."
Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti

The Q30 gives Infiniti the best platform from which to achieve its goals in key markets globally. It will become the company’s first ever vehicle built in Europe at newly upgraded production facilities in Sunderland, United Kingdom. Representing a £250 million investment, plant extensions totalling over 25,000m2 will provide Infiniti with the production facility to satisfy the demands of premium vehicle manufacturing. A successful recruitment program has recently been completed, filling over 300 new jobs to support Q30 production.

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Q30 is the beginning of Infiniti’s push to expand its product line-up

With the launch of the Q30 active compact, Infiniti has started to deliver on the promise to expand and refresh its product portfolio within new premium segments.

Staying true to the concept revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Q30 is an in-house development designed and engineered to meet exacting Infiniti standards.

"Q30 is integral to Infiniti’s commitment to offering a broader range of premium products in new segments, and is part of an intense product launch period that will see us further enhance our offer to an increasing number of customers."
Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti

Infiniti is adding new product at the right time, as data show that the premium compact segment is among the fastest expanding globally, and it is set to continue its growth trajectory as we approach the end of the decade.

Infiniti entering the compact segment for the first time

Representing the first vehicle of its kind for the company, Infiniti has dared to be bold and ambitious with the Q30 active compact. The car defies categorization with its rare shape and elevated stance. Its expressive design targets premium customers seeking urban individuality.

"From the very beginning of product development, it was clear that Q30 presented an outstanding opportunity for Infiniti. The company’s inspiration was to create a vehicle that mirrored the existence of a new generation of premium buyers."
Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President Product Strategy

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Combining unique height and dimensions with coupe-like proportions, the Q30 conveys a "ready to go anywhere" attitude while maintaining an "at home in the city" versatility – perfect for those wanting to create their own unique experiences.

Generations X and Y are a new breed of premium car buyers. For these buyers, a car is an expression of "self" rather than "status," and they insist on setting their own standards through unique, category-defying products. For them, personalising a brand is a means to individual expression – a "made for me" approach that is at the core of new luxury.

To satisfy these demands, every decision that went into crafting the Q30 was made for the individual. For example, the alloy wheels allow for true personalization, with a laser-cutting process enabling the precise application of an accent colour of choice. The process is so precise that the bespoke colored lines can be as thin as 0.3mm, offering a subtle way of making the car your own.

Complementing the bespoke nature of Q30, perceptual quality levels meet the expectations and high standards of buyers in the premium compact segment. Superior fit and finish details, both visible and tactile, are available across all grades. For example, a satin chrome-plated trim, rather than plastic chrome, gives Q30 a "cool-to-the-touch" feel, even in hot temperatures, while consistent use of black lacquer trim across wheel arches and side sills highlights the Q30’s elevated stance, contributing to the strong, unique road presence of the vehicle.

Q30 takes a design-led approach that forges a unique path

Staying true to the design cues from the original 2013 concept, the Q30 active compact exemplifies Infiniti’s design-led approach to product development. "Infiniti is an expression of design. We want our customers to feel the hand of the artist at work in the sculpted, muscular aesthetic of our cars. Q30 design is marked by turbulent character lines and sculptural shapes that look stretched over bone and muscle. The effect is a spontaneous feeling of harmonious design that can be appreciated at a glance."
Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director

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An important, differentiating characteristic of the Q30’s design is its combination of elevated stance with an overall height that is comparable with models in the traditional compact segment (1,495mm for base and Premium and 1,475mm for Sport). The result is a highly distinctive, coupe-like silhouette, which is further emphasised by a shallow side glass area.

The Q30 takes Infiniti’s signature design cues and evolves them into new dynamic shapes. The double-arch grille with 3D mesh, for example, has grown from the Q50, with a more fluid movement into the headlamps. The dramatic curves and turbulent lines flow up the signature double-wave bonnet, over the fenders and across the bodyline into the strong shoulder of the car. The signature C-pillar arcs forward in a dynamic crescent shape that emphasises motion, even when stationary. The contrast of the long, low-slung roofline, conjuring an image of a rakish shooting brake in silhouette, and elevated stance add to the visual impact.

Above the base Q30 model, two grades – "Premium" and "Sport" – permit opportunities for further individual expression through exterior design.

The Q30 Premium includes LED front fog lamps, body-colored and heated door mirrors, as well as chrome dual rectangular exhaust finishers. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels add to the Premium grade’s striking appearance.

The face of the Q30 Sport is slightly different, thanks to a shapely bespoke bumper and gloss black front grille. Custom body-colored sidesills give the car a striking, in-motion look, while a sporty rear bumper is joined by dark chrome dual rectangular exhaust finishers. Nineteen-inch alloy wheels complete the confident look of the Sport model.

The Q30 Premium’s elevated stance (170mm at the front axle) allows for a higher hip point (531mm), which aids ingress and egress. The A-pillar design is intentionally slim, contributing to enhanced visibility for a confident driving experience. Q30 Sport stands a little lower (155mm at front axle), providing for agile ride and handling.

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The Q30’s coupe-like design belies its interior space and functionality. Cabin room is highly competitive, notably the boot capacity of 13 cubic-feet (368 liters VDA), which ranks among the best in the premium compact segment.

"The Q30 is not the little brother or sister to siblings from larger segments. The car features a unique posture and shape that conveys the type of spontaneity and independent spirit that can only be matched by its owner."
Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director

Infiniti’s bold approach to design continues inside the Q30, where buyers will find an expressive interior that challenges traditional standards of symmetry in automotive design.

The beautifully styled, asymmetric surfaces feature wave shapes and dynamic lines that twist apart and flow away from the driver. This "dissymmetry" alters the conventional perception of occupant areas, creating a more pleasant environment in which to spend time.

"Infiniti wants to offer an environment in which the driver stays connected to the driving experience and where passengers feel relaxed in an open, aesthetically pleasing space. All occupants will appreciate a high level of artistry in the flowing, asymmetric lines."
Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director

Custom-designed trims deliver a personalized, self-expressive interior design. "City Black" blends black upholstery with purple stitching, ideal for the all-night urbanite. "Cafe Teak" combines classy brown and black upholstery with black stitching, providing a modern twist on traditional concepts of premium. "Gallery White" endows Q30 with a fashionable, high-contrast appearance, featuring white leather with red accents. All three "designer" trims accentuate the Q30’s stand-out interior and will add to the car’s appeal for open-minded premium buyers looking for a new, creative approach to cabin design.

Infiniti interior designers have also selected the highest quality materials and processes available to create a modern-looking and luxurious cabin. For example, a super-soft, highly tactile material lines high-impact areas of the interior, such as door trims and the center armrest, while "Dinamica®," a new Italian suede-like material used increased increasingly in the high-fashion industry, has been applied to the roof-line and pillars.

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Interior noise levels in Q30 add to the overall cabin comfort. Infiniti sound engineers used the official Articulation Index, a standard way of measuring the level of speech intelligibility provided in a space, to measure the quality of occupant conversation within the cabin. Q30 features a 10-percent improvement in audibility over the leading segment competition at a speed of 120kph.

Quietness in the cabin is aided by Active Noise Cancellation, which emits sound waves from the four door speakers to negate any instances of booming noise emanating from the 2.2-liter diesel engine (Europe market only). Sound-damping materials further reduce the impact of unwanted noise, either from the engine or exterior elements, while the closed sections of the high-rigidity body structure protect the Q30 from any negative noise and vibration generated by broken or inconsistent road surfaces.

Further interior comfort is guaranteed thanks to an advanced seat design. The seatback has been carefully engineered to match the curvature of the spine, providing consistent spinal support and minimising pressure on back muscles. A wider fitting shape on the seats distributes weight more evenly, while the softness of the seat cushion provides enhanced support and comfort. Internal testing by Infiniti engineers showed that the Q30 seat back section distributes load more effectively than its competitors in the segment.

For drivers wanting to add to the dynamic feel inside the Q30, sports seats with integrated headrests are available for the first time in an Infiniti, featuring eight-way adjustment and power lumbar support. The Q30 Sport features a leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel, as well as aluminium pedals and footrests, adding to the in-control driving experience.

On certain grades, drivers can also stay in tune with the dynamic performance of the Q30 through Active Sound Enhancement, which monitors acceleration behaviour and gear ratio, smoothing out variations in engine tone to project a harmonious and exhilarating sound when accelerating.

Confident dynamics deliver a holistic driving experience

The Q30 active compact delivers a dynamic driving experience unique to Infiniti. Development started at the brand’s technical center in Japan, before moving to Europe for final development and testing. In total, over 750 Infiniti engineers in Japan and Europe were involved in the car’s development.

"Each mechanical aspect has been tuned in unison to make the Q30 perform as one, delivering a holistic driving experience that is both involving and intuitive. As a result, high performance is deployed consistently."
Grahame Cornforth, Infiniti Chief Vehicle Engineer

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The priority for Infiniti engineers was to strike an ideal balance between ride and handling. The car stays firm on the road thanks to specially tuned shock absorbers, with engineers considering over 50 variations on prototype vehicles before choosing the optimal setting, while the driving remains smooth throughout. Body stiffness has been enhanced to the benefit of the driver, eliminating negative sensations and audio cues, so the Q30 experience feels and sounds controlled.

Infiniti engineers have designed the suspension to be both forgiving and comfortable, without sacrificing agility. Bump shock rates and shock absorber rebound rates have been specially tuned, while MacPherson front struts offer tight packaging to best handle Q30’s size and weight. A multilink system at the rear offers precise wheel control in all any conditions.

The Q30’s steering has been tuned to deliver a consistent and connected feeling, thanks to an intuitive speed-sensitive system. A light and nimble feel makes the car easier to control in busy city traffic and urban environments, reducing stress and driver fatigue, while a gradual increase in resistance according to incremental changes in speed boosts driver confidence and control.

"The Q30 offers excellent steering, further enhancing the overall ride and handling feel, as well as a tuned suspension and body response that’s uniquely Infiniti. Thanks to this set-up, the car offers a firm and in-control driving sensation, a perfect example being Q30’s ability to confidently steer the right cornering angle and ’hold the line’ precisely though the corner."
Grahame Cornforth, Infiniti Chief Vehicle Engineer

Depending on the grade, Q30’s suspension settings endow unique performance attributes. The base and Premium model are best suited to the varied, and often inconsistent road surfaces found in urban environments, the suspension set-up biased towards reducing vibration and harshness picked up from the road.

The Q30 Sport – with 15mm lower ground clearance than the base and Premium versions – gives a firmer ride, facilitating tighter body control and reduced roll without compromising comfort. The Sport grade has been engineered to be used comfortably on a daily basis while offering an intuitive, in-control driving experience.

A varied range of powertrain options is available globally, all tuned to provide exciting power delivery. In the European base model, there is a 1.6-liter engine, with either 120hp or 154hp. Also in Europe, diesel options include 1.5- and 2.2-liter engines, both four cylinder, with 107hp and 168hp power outputs, respectively.

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In addition to these powertrain options, and the only engine offered in the U.S., Premium and Sport models add a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 208hp.

Automatic gear shifts are smooth and seamless thanks to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The dual clutch intelligently pre-selects gears so the next shift is always ready to go, while manual mode with paddle shifters lets the driver control gear changes when desired. Well-spaced ratios promise comfortable acceleration thanks to an even distribution of power, whether at a steady or fast pace, while quick and supple changes are ensured using either the fully automatic mode or the paddle gear selectors. Torque is almost uninterrupted between changes, reducing lurching while in motion and between shifts.

A six-speed manual transmission and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will also be made available.

Power delivery from all engines is smooth while responsive as Infiniti’s technical engineers have ensured the Q30’s acceleration is prompt and reactive – providing bursts of power when most needed, giving confidence to the driver. An in-command sensation is generated by easily controlled acceleration, enabling the driver to feel and regulate the Q30’s forward motion more intuitively.

The Q30 features a host of intuitive technologies that enhance the driving experience, while providing maximum safety to all occupants. These include: Automatic Park Assist with Around View Monitor (AVM) and Moving Object Detection (MOD), making the Q30 one of the easiest cars to park in the premium compact segment; Blind Spot Warning, providing greater security and confidence at speed by warning of other vehicles out of the driver’s line of sight; Forward Collision Warning with Forward Emergency Braking, reducing the stress of driving in heavy traffic or in the city; Auto High Beam Assist, a highly intuitive technology that improves safety and confidence during night-time driving; and Intelligent Cruise Control, maintaining a safe distance from the car in front, resulting in a safe and relaxing drive.

A special metal plating method allows the radar waves of the Intelligent Cruise Control to pass through the Infiniti badge – a first for the brand.

Infiniti’s trademark InTouch infotainment system, first introduced on the pioneering Q50, has been evolved and upgraded for the Q30, delivering an intuitive, tablet-like experience from the driver’s seat via a delivering touch-screen HMI (human machine interface).

The Infiniti Q30 active compact will go on sale in selected markets later in 2015.

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