Infiniti hasn’t built its own small hatchback. Instead, the Q30 is a platform-sharing arrangement with established luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz, and is based on the Benz-badged A-Class hatchback and built in Britain, not Germany. What you buy, then, is four-fifths Infiniti, and one-fifth Mercedes.
Infiniti has dared to be different, replacing the clean lines of the A-Class with its own angular, big-hipped body. It’s different, and some would say polarising. Same goes for the interior, where the familiar conservative Benz switchgear and controls fight with a lairy Infiniti touch.
The gearbox is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, which usually have lightning-quick changes. They’re a bit sluggish in the Q30’s application.
There’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility, limiting how well your smartphone integrates with the car.
Infiniti was criticised for not fitting the Q30 with a reversing camera as standard; needed given that the view out the small rear window is somewhat compromised. It makes do with reversing sensors on the GT and Sport, but the Sport Premium adds four cameras giving an all-around view of the car.
The Q30 is also very noisy inside on some road surfaces at higher speeds.