You may recognise the name Infiniti, probably because it is emblazoned all over the four in a row F1 Constructors World Champions Red Bull, today Infiniti are still involved in F1, sponsoring the Renault team. Did you know that Sebastion Vettel was Director of Performance, and who wouldn’t want an F1 champion involved when it comes to fine tuning your car.
Infiniti are owned by Nissan, and their aim is to make more luxurious cars for the European and British markets. Parts from the Infiniti also come from Renault, Daimler and Mercedes – all of whom are Nissan partners. The cars themselves are made at the Nissan plant in Sunderland, here in the UK. Infinti car sales are up, which can only be good news for an area that has been badly hit by unemployment. Car sales worldwide are now at 154,000 and in the UK they have increased by 69 per cent from 2014-2015.
The model I was given to test was the Q30 2.2 SE diesel 7 speed DCT automatic gearbox. Other versions are the 1.5 diesel and 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol engines. The 1.5 and 1.6 also come in manual shift. It is based on the same chassis as the Mercedes A-Class. The price for the 2.2 diesel is £25,000, you can purchase the Premium version for an additional £2,300. The Q30’s entry price is £20,550.
Let’s start with the exterior. The Q30 is a fresh design, but it does retain some of the Infiniti look that we know from previous models. The bowed grill and stylistic headlights inspired by the human eye, does make it stand out from the crowd. The rear has smooth sleek angles to it, making this one of the better looking cars in this class. The Q30 is a very well built car indeed.
But it was the interior that I enjoyed most about the car. Very luxurious leather and suede surround you, giving the car that premium quality feel. The space was more than adequate to sit 4 adults. The Q30 is fully loaded with driver aids and gadgets too. The media/navigation screen was very user friendly, all the settings can be easily operated by using the Multifunction Controller or by touchscreen, driver aids included cruise control for those long motorway journeys. The glove box can easily hold a large water bottle and there is also additional space in the arm rest if required. Boot space is 368-litres, which is quite large for a family sized car. Thankfully the model I had was fitted with heated seats, which was a god send after being out and about on a very chilly Glencoe hill.
Performance from the 168bhp 2.2 litre diesel was very economical and delivered enough power when needed on the road to Glencoe. A 0-60 time of 8 seconds and the mpg from the 2.2 is 57.7 with engine emissions at 134g/km of CO2. The Q30 was smooth and quiet, and very comfortable, Infiniti have done a great job with the suspension and this version had 18″ alloys which made easy work of the roads – even the badly cut up and pot holed ones. This is the kind of car you want, if you are heading out on a long journey.
I would recommend that if you are looking for a family-sized luxury car you give the Infiniti Q30 a try – you will be pleasantly surprised. For more information contact Infiniti Glasgow: 0141 886 8190. Or visit their website: www.infiniti.co.uk
by Andrew Balahura