The car that we tested this week belongs to a brand relatively unknown in our country. Infiniti is the premium brand of Nissan which for years has earned a good reputation in the united States. Now it is in expanding internationally and brings us a product with which you want to earn integers in the european market. We talked about the Infiniti Q30 1.5 d 7DCT that we have on our hands and it reaches the segment of compact premium.
Infiniti is a young brand, is only 27 years old and has less than a decade operating in Spain. In 2008 landed with the Infiniti Q50, which has won the respect between the sedan average. Now addresses the segment C, which is currently dominated by German brands. This segment is of vital importance for the volume of sales that you have in the old continent. It will also help to Infiniti for virtually triple the number of units sold this 2016.
The first thing that we need to talk on the Infiniti Q30 it is of their genes. The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler have, since 2010, sharing some of their technologies and experiences. Among them there have been exchanges of engines, platforms and components; and the Q30 is a mix fairly complete. You will have the platform of the successful Mercedes A Class and thus, the compact star will come out more than once in this test.
however, the differences are what really matters and the most important aspect of the Infiniti will be its bold design which we will discuss below. In the interior also has undergone a redesign for not lost that personality required to be successful. The engine of our test unit is the 1.5 dCi 110 CV is source Renault. Now that we know its origins, we will analyze deeply this Infiniti Q30 1.5 d 7DCT.
As we said in the previous section, the design of this model will be probably its feature that protrudes. When you’re on the street, not a few eyes settle on him, the truth is that it draws quite the attention. By image, is somewhere between a compact and a SUV, mainly due to its high body. The free height to the soil is 17.3 centimeters (14 centimeters in the Sport trim), so that it is higher than many SUVS.
Q30 follows the DNA that we already see in other models of the brand. On the front there is a recognizable grille that exudes personality and that comes highlighted by a few edges with chrome reaching up to the headlights. The signature light it is also recognizable thanks to the sharp headlights that integrate LED daytime running lights. In the lower part are the antinieblas and another intake of air. Above the voluptuous hood with a few rounded shapes.
The side view is without a doubt one of the most curious examples of this model. In our unit we see a few wheels of 18 inches, although we will undoubtedly call more attention to the wheel arches and underbody of the vehicle plastic coated black. This makes it look more rough and closer to the of some crossovers that use the same technique. The frame of the windows also have a chrome trim that ends at the C-pillar with a flourish that will also be a striking feature of the Q30.
behind is also different to the other models. It begins with a rear window fairly small which goes up to a trim black on both sides and at the bottom. It has a high waist and a drivers rear narrow rounded your image. In the space between the bezel and the registration is the logo and the name of the japanese brand. Below the bumper ends, and follows a protection black which serves as a diffuser and integrates the double output exhaust.
The Infiniti Q30 has dimensions generous of 4,42 meters long, 1.80 meters wide and 1,49 meters high. This implies that it is something above competitors such as the Audi A3, the BMW 1-Series or even the Mercedes Class A. however, it will not be much bigger than them and you will find some contradictions. In the squares in front there will not be any kind of problem because we have a few comfortable seats and amplitude in all dimensions, provided that we will not be too high.
In the rear seat we will find less and less space and we may have some complications. The drop ceiling with a certain style coupé that we saw on the outside, the results in less space for the head in the second row of seats. Although it is approved for five passengers, us the same happens in other models of the segment C. The the form of the central square and the prominent tunnel transmission make it most advisable that you only travel to four adults.
despite these criticisms, the Infitini Q30 can boast of to have a better access that his ‘twin brother’, the Mercedes A-Class, due to the shape of its doors. Also a boot slightly higher, with a capacity of 370 litres, which is situated in the middle of the segment. The mouth load is a bit high, but it compensates with a forms straight and usable. You can also fold the rear seats to improve their capacity.
His cabin, an old acquaintance
In the exterior of the Infiniti Q30 had been impossible to see anything that remind us of the model taken as the basis. However, in its interior will begin matches and you will find quite a few common elements. Some of the joysticks and keypads (the steering wheel or climate control) you will be transferred to the compact of the mark of the star. Also instrumentation, the front seats or the shifter has been taken from him. But not everything is copy, as also there will be many specific components.
One of the main examples is the 7-inch touch screen that has been integrated into the dashboard and not expanding as it passes into the Class A. in Addition to using it with the fingers, we will have a roulette behind the gear lever which will facilitate its use. It should be noted that the navigation is own of Infiniti and therefore also what will be the reading of their maps. In general and as a personal opinion, I like it more as it is resolved the passenger compartment of the Q30 that of the Class A.
Although if we have to talk about similarities between the two, it is impossible not to speak of the two curiosities. The first is that behind the wheel just have a lever on the left side. Has been removed on the right side that usually has the controls for the windshield wipers. Now this function binds to the of the turn signals and the lights on the left it is easy to get confused at the beginning. The lever cruise control/speed limiter is underneath and away from sight, having a complicated access.
For which you have no experience with Mercedes it will also be difficult to find the button of the hand brake, electrical. Is located to the left of the steering wheel and in a position rather low, and somewhat hidden. Despite these details, the interior of the Q30 will have a good quality and according to their condition of premium. The materials of its interior will have a finish notable in general, even if we don’t finish to convince the trim Piano Black that covers the center console.
1.5 d 110 CV 7DCT
The Infiniti Q30 comes to our country with five engines different, three petrol and two diesel. All of them are four-cylinder and come from the alliance between Renault-Nissan and Mercedes, so that many of them will sound. Between the gasoline is the 1.6 t with two power levels: 122 and 156 HP. The least powerful is only manual and the other only automatic. Above will be the 2.0 t 211 HP that is the top of range with the automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive.
If we turn to the diesel we find the engine 1.5 d, just the one that we have on our hands this week. This access to the range 109 HP and 260 Nm of torque and can be linked to the manual gearbox of six speeds or the automatic dual clutch 7DCT, as in our case. This version will have a performance which is discrete, making the 0-100 km/h in 11,9 seconds and a maximum speed of 190 km/h.
The main advantage of our mechanics, a priori, will be its consumption to content that allow you to homologate 4.3 l/100km (4,1 l/100km manual with rim 18 pulgadas). CO2 emissions in this case are in 113 g/km For those who want more power will have another option in diesel that is the 2.2 d 170 HP. This top of range only offers with automatic transmission and you can optionally choose the all-wheel drive.
Looking for comfort
Now let’s move on to speaking of the behavior of this Infiniti Q30 1.5 d 7DCT. The well-known block diesel shows a refinement quite correct in this platform from what we started with. isolation is a virtue in the compact premium, since neither filter many noises in its rolling. Despite their small displacement, the engine is quite profitable in all its regimes.
will Work best in the middle area of the cuentarevoluciones (between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm), as much below as above the torque delivery is something minor. A priori you can think that 109 HP few to move to this cd almost 1,500 kg, but nor it has seemed to us so. The Q30 moves quite freely in almost all circumstances, although it will do so in a peaceful atmosphere and we can not expect from him a sporting behaviour. It has been sought mainly the comfort behind the wheel.
The Q30 1.5 d 7DCT invites you to a quiet driving by the smoothness of the engine, but also by the automatic change. The box 7DCT, dual-clutch with seven speeds, has a behavior subtle and just we will give an account as changes occur. In normal situations there will be saving of fuel and therefore it will change to low speed. If we want to go the more alive we will be able to select the position ‘S’ to rush through jobs more gears. We will also have the option of use the maximum power of the steering wheel when we want it.
Not what we said, but to be at the wheel of the Infiniti Q30 will also be a experience something different. The driving position is more high that in the most compact, most own an SUV. The steering wheel will remain in a lower position than you’re accustomed to (even by regulating their height), but that is not a problem. If you will be, at times, the reduced visibility that we have because of the size of the rear window. Luckily we’ll have sensors to the car park and rear view camera.
Stands out for consumption
As we were saying the comfort is one of the main aspects of this compact premium. That, in part, on thanks to the suspension, which is able to absorb any functionality that we find in the firm. In addition, we don’t notice that it has harmed their firmness in other situations. We will have a step by curve correct and without rocking, something that we could have thought of when we saw their greater free height to the soil. This aspect will not be a hindrance and an advantage, as it will save without problem curbs, and other items.
For those who want a performance more dynamic, in the Sport trim included a suspension for something more sporty and that makes the vehicle 3 inches lower. In terms of the direction I have to say that it has surprised me for good. Expected it to be something more assisted, and I’ve found a tare balanced, and that conveys quite accurately. Will the maneuvers on board the Q30 will be sewing and singing, in short, a car comfortable and easy to drive.
And we can’t leave without mention of one of the main virtues of the engine 1.5 d 110 CV: consumption. As we said, this version with the automatic 7DCT approvals 4.3 l/100km, although in real terms will rise slightly. Even so, it will be easy to see on the computer figures between 5 and 6 litres in most areas, thanks to the good functioning of the system Start & Stop. Is very balanced, as making an efficient driving is easy to get close to what approved, while yes we weigh the right foot also will go up too their consumption.
And we come to the end of the test with a clear understanding that the Infiniti Q30 is still a candidate, but has many arguments to play an important role in the premium C-segment. It could not be otherwise, because it benefits from a German technology and japanese design. It is precisely this last one is what catches the attention, as his attractive aesthetics and different turning some heads to your step.
otherwise it is a balanced vehicle, with a equipment quite complete distributed in four finishes and with an offer mechanics which is not bad. The 1.5 d that we have tested probably will be the most sold in our country, and is notable for its low consumption levels. In terms of pricing, the Infiniti Q30 has some fees is quite substantial, as part of 24.900 euros. What we consider quite competitive taking into account what it offers and its status of premium.
Equipment Infiniti Q30
- steel Wheels 17-inch
- Brake power
- Air conditioning
- electric Windows
- LED daytime running Lights
- audio System with 7-inch screen
- alarm System for collision
- central Locking with remote control
- Standard Equipment
- alloy Wheels of 18 inches
- automatic Climate control bizona
- front Seats electric and thermal
- rear parking Sensors
- speed Limiter
- Alert of involuntary change of lane
- Mirrors photosensitive and electrically folding
- Equipment Premium
- alloy Wheels of 19 inches
- sport Seats
- LED Headlights directional
- Casual Look
- sport Suspension
- Equipment Premium
- rear view Camera
- the Recognition key
- Roof interior trim
Price Infiniti Q30 in Spain
|1.6 t 122 HP||Manual 6v||Base||24.900€|
|1.6 t 122 HP||Manual 6v||Premium||28.600€|
|1.6 tc 156 HP||DCT 7v||Premium||33.100€|
|2.0 t 211 HP||DCT 7v (AWD)||Sport||42.900€|
|1.5 d 109 CV||Manual 6v||Base||26.700€|
|1.5 d 109 CV||Manual 6v||Premium||28.600€|
|1.5 d 109 CV||DCT 7v||Premium||30.800€|
|1.5 d 109 CV||Manual 6v||Sport||31.700€|
|1.5 d 109 CV||Manual 6v||Premium Tech||33.200€|
|2.2 d 170 HP||DCT 7v||Premium||33.900€|
|2.2 d 170 HP||DCT 7v (AWD)||Premium||36.150€|
|2.2 d 170 HP||DCT 7v||Sport||37,200 persons€|
|2.2 d 170 HP||DCT 7v||Premium Tech||38.600€|
|2.2 d 170 HP||DCT 7v (AWD)||Sport||39.500€|
|2.2 d 170 HP||DCT 7v (AWD)||Premium Tech||40.900€|
the Opinion of the editor
- attractive Design and different
- the Quality and materials of the interior
- Consumption contents of the 1.5 d
- The interior is very reminiscent to that of the Class A
- Height in the rear seats
- limited Visibility
Gallery of images of the Infiniti Q30