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ADAPTIVE LED HEADLIGHTS
Adaptive lights e�ectively remove the need to
constantly dip your lights on dark roads as other
cars approach. Instead, sensors carefully turn
o� the small part of the light that usually shines
directly towards another road-user, keeping the
rest switched on to give far better illumination
than you get with dipped beams without
dazzling anybody. Less stress, more safety.
GREAT OR GIMMICK? Great
You might not have heard of it, but the Q30 might finally put Infiniti on the car map
As a Japanese car based on a German one and built
in a British factory, the Infiniti Q30 sounds like the
punchline to a questionable joke by an old-school
comedian, or maybe a specialist answer in a pub quiz.
It's actually an intriguingly different take on the posh hatchback.
Infiniti is Nissan's premium sub-brand and has been trying to
gain traction in the UK for years with limited success - the Q30
might just be the car that gets it taken seriously. It's the result of a
collaboration with Mercedes and sits on the same platform as the
A-Class and its many relatives, the relationship being close enough
that you find much of the same switchgear in the Q30's cabin,
along with a similar upmarket vibe.
�e Q30 sits taller than a conventional hatch but doesn't have
the steroidal styling of most small SUVs, and is also available with
an optional four-wheel drive system that enables it to do practically
everything its tougher-looking rivals can.
�e driving experience majors on relaxing progress rather than
outright athleticism, and the 2.2 diesel engine we tested the car
with grew loud when pushed hard; a petrol engine would likely
be a better fit with the car's laid-back demeanor. Apart from that,
it's comfortable, nice to look at and has an impressive amount of
standard equipment. It's well-priced against its obvious rivals too;
the Q30 deserves to be the car that puts Infiniti on the map.
BEST BIT: Styling, cabin, feels like a quality item.
WORST BIT: Unrefined diesel engine.
Mike Duff is senior contributing editor of Autocar
Price: £27,300 (Q30
Premium 2.2d AWD)
Engine: 2.1-litre fourcylinder
0-62mph: 8.5 seconds
Top speed: 134mph