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Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

The financial case for Q30 ownership shows how tough a nut the UK market is to crack for Infiniti. Two years on from the launch of the Q50, the firm has made creditable progress in addressing many ofthe factors to lower running costs.

And so the Q30 is in the same insurance group as its key rivals and isn’t too far adrift of most on residual value. Given the competitive list prices, contract hire rates should be respectable.

The Infiniti residuals are pretty good, but are by no means class-leading falling adrift of the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series

Servicing costs are disappointingly high, though. Add those on the top of even a 10 percent depreciation penalty versus the A3 and 1 Series, and the three percent relative disadvantage for our particular test car on company car tax, and you’re still left with a car that’ll cost the average UK motorist more than it should.

Fuel economy won’t ease that burden much, either. Our test car returned 35.2mpg for our True MPG testers – fully 18 percent poorer than an equivalent A3.

If we were putting up our own money on a Q30, we would stick with the 1.6 turbo petrol engine in Premium trim, and then add metallic paint and the Bose premium audio system, but avoid opting for a glass roof and fitted sat nav.