For the 2017 Infiniti Q30, the car maker is taking a different approach for this vehicle as it is seen as a new gateway model. The Japanese luxury brand takes the Q30 as not your typical sedan, or a sedan with a coupe profile. Instead, the Q30 is a hatchback, or in Infiniti’s lingo, it is an Active Compact.
The 2017 Infiniti Q30 is an “Active Compact” Vehicle
The 2017 Infiniti Q30 offers a practical body style. Unlike the Dodge Caliber (in which many would take the car into comparison with this vehicle), the Q30 is more handsome in more ways than one. It has a double-arched grille, crescent-cut C-pillars, a fast roofline, and stylish sheetmetal curves that run the length of the vehicle’s body.
For additional flair, there is Sport model that will show more aggressive bumpers than the standard variant. It will also have a gloss-black grille, unique 19-inch aluminum wheels, and body-colored side sills. The style of the car is enough to make pedestrians stop walking and just marvel at its beauty.
The 2017 Q30 is built around a solid foundation. It has platform and drivetrain elements that are borrowed from the Mercedes CLA. This is all thanks to the Renault-Nissan partnership with Daimler. But does this mean that the Q30 will perform the same as the CLA? In one word, No. It does behave like an Infiniti car should.
There is a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This is built-in with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. During tests, the Q30 proved to work well when stopping-and-going through busy streets. It performed consistently well and feels balanced with takeoffs and throttles. These all come with smooth shift performance.
There are also three modes available for the Q30’s transmission, them being Economy, Manual, and Sport. When you want to be more fuel frugal, then go for the Economy. Manual mode is pretty much self-explanatory as the vehicle will respond to paddle shifter commands for both up and downshifts. As for the Sport transmission, it will hold onto the gears longer and will offer snappier downshifts which is great if you’re in a hurry.
Overall, the driving performance for the 2017 Infiniti Q30 is a pleasing and comforting experience. It has a combination of a firmer suspension setup with wide run-flat tires. Many vehicles will advertise themselves as a great ride on paper, but the Q30 does it in practice as well.