As my time in the Infiniti Q30 nears a close, I’ve become disillusioned with it. It’s tech-heavy, we’ve established that in previous reports, but at well over £30k, it should have all the bells and whistles included. I recently noticed the price of the car we’re testing has risen by £850, to £34,350, in the six months since it joined our fleet.
Infiniti UK tells us that the mark-up is connected with tax, and increases in the costs of options and the vehicle itself. Either way, for that price I’d expect more. For instance, I’d like a wider range of adjustment in the driver’s seat. Being long of body, I have to slouch to avoid brushing my hair on the roof. It’s a surprise, too, that there’s no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto yet. They’ll likely come on the facelifted version in 2019.
A powered tailgate, although not common on hatches, would be nice, given the raised ride. Lower-spec Toyotas get inductive smartphone charging but the Infiniti doesn’t. The Vauxhall Astra even gets Wi-Fi and the Lexus CT200 has a push-button start and privacy glass as standard. Does the Q30? Does it heck.
Despite the Q30 being one of the safest cars on the road according to Euro NCAP’s ratings, an equivalent to Vauxhall’s OnStar crash and breakdown response system wouldn’t go amiss. Instead, there’s an infotainment system described by a colleague as “a bit Windows 98”.
Perhaps that I’m pampered, but if your hatchback costs a grand short of an entry-level BMW 5 Series, there’s a level of equipment you expect. Despite the Q30’s decent refinement and other charms, in terms of kit I’ve found little that’s above average in terms of convenience that isn’t an optional extra. That’s a bit upsetting.