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2017 Infiniti Q30: Frankfurt Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2017 Infiniti Q30 is the latest model to join Infiniti’s growing lineup. Dubbed the Q30 to fit in with the brand’s new naming scheme, the all-new Infiniti is a 5-door hatchback — the first-ever hatchback to be offered by the Infiniti brand.

On the outside, the Q30 boasts a lot of clear Infiniti styling cues, such as dramatic character lines down both sides, characteristic Infiniti headlights, the brand’s kinked C-pillar, bold headlights and a wide, unmistakable grille. The only thing that doesn’t immediately scream Infiniti is the rear end, which sheds the brand’s usual trunk for a hatchback. Inside, the Q30 is also all Infiniti, as the model uses the brand’s latest trimmings and design layout.

Under the skin, there isn’t as much Infiniti as you might expect, as the Q30 rides on a modified version of Mercedes’ MFA platform, which also underpins one of the Infiniti hatchback’s key rivals: the recently released Mercedes GLA-Class. In fact, the two models even share a powertrain: a 208-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder mated to a 7-speed automatic. For now, however, the front-wheel-drive Q30 won’t get the GLA’s available all-wheel drive.

As for equipment, expect the works: high-end safety and convenience features, including adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic high beams and Infiniti’s excellent Around View camera system.

How Much?

Although Infiniti hasn’t revealed any official details, we suspect the Q30 will start below $30,000 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Spring or summer 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

If you’re looking for a high-end luxury car with city-friendly dimensions, there aren’t that many models to choose from. The 2017 Infiniti Q30 offers a potent engine, a lot of equipment and (probably) a reasonable price — plus a wide range of high-end gadgets. And we always appreciate the practicality of a hatchback. While we’re not sure what to make of a front-wheel-drive Infiniti, we like this platform in the Mercedes GLA — so we’re eager to test out the Q30.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Audi A3 — Although it’s no longer offered as a hatchback, the Audi A3 shares the basic idea of the Q30: a compact, city-friendly luxury car with a lot of equipment. Pricing is reasonable, too.

2015 BMW X1 — Although BMW considers the X1 a sports activity vehicle, the crossover severely blurs the line between hatchback and SUV. Either way, it’s a reasonably priced luxury vehicle that’s surprisingly fun to drive.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class — Given the similarities between the Q30 and the GLA, it’s worth checking out the Mercedes — especially if you need all-wheel drive, which isn’t offered in the Q30. GLA pricing starts at a reasonable $32,100 with shipping.

Used Acura RDX — If you like the Q30’s hatchback shape but need something with a little more utility, consider the V6-powered Acura RDX. It’s a true SUV, but offers more ground clearance and more interior room. Prices are higher, though, so you may want to check out a used model.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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