Infiniti Q30 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Comfort is high on the agenda for Infiniti, however the Q30’s practicality is limited
The Q30 is only available as a five-door with five seats, but space isn't particularly generous. Taller drivers may find the Q30's footwell cramped, while those in the back aren't overly endowed with head or legroom. The car's roof line is rather low, too, so taller occupants may bang their heads getting in and out.
Passengers using the middle seat will be in for a squeeze, too, and there is the annoyance of the large transmission tunnel on the floor. In Sport models, the dark headlining combined with the large C-pillars mean it feels a bit claustrophobic.
Cabin storage isn’t brilliant. The glovebox is large enough for a 500ml water bottle, as are the door pockets but there’s not a lot more space other than that. There is the option of adding storage in the armrest to help ease the problem.
Boot space is 368 litres and whether you could actually use its full capacity is debatable. The shape of the boot is quite awkward because of the car's curvy design.
Visibility out of the front isn’t outstanding because of the chunky A-pillars, but it doesn’t cause any massive problems.
Overall the Q30 is almost 4.5m long (4,425mm) and 1.8m wide. This makes it longer that a Nissan Qashqai but not as tall and narrower. It’s also larger than a Mercedes A-Class, Volkswagen Golf or Audi A3, (although the A3 is wider) which makes the rear seat space all the more disappointing. It has 210mm ground clearance.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Because the front seats in the Q30 are raised, you get enough extra room to tuck your feet under. However with the driver’s seat placed for someone six-foot tall, this would make legroom pretty tight for anyone sat behind.
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The Q30 also gets electric adjustable seats with three memory settings and buttons mimicking the sections of the seat, although again, the door-mounted switches are exactly the same as the Mercedes A-Class'.
The rear doors open to almost 90-degress for access, but the roofline is a bit low and the narrowing at the bottom of the door does make stepping in awkward. Once you’re in, there are Isofix child seat brackets on the two outer seats.
The boot is 368 litres with the rear seats in place. There are tie down points to secure your luggage and you should be able to fit a large suitcase, but the shape of the boot means you’ll struggle to fit more.
When we tested the car we managed to easily fit two medium-sized suitcases and some smaller bags without a problem. If you needed to carry more you can fold the rear seats with a 60:40 split, however they don’t go completely flat. The hatch opening is wide though, this means there’s no need to bend down to lift things out although there is a pronounced boot lip.
In this review
- 1Infiniti Q30 reviewMore than just a posh Nissan, the Infiniti Q30 is a Mercedes-based premium hatch built in Sunderland
- 2Engines, performance and driveEngine range isn't the quickest, but diesels are refined. 2.0 litre Sport is outclassed by rivals
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsEconomy figures are generally poorer than most rivals, while no engine offers sub-100g/km emissions
- 4Interior, design and technologyThere is an air of luxury to the Q30. Most materials feel good, but fit and finish could be better
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingComfort is high on the agenda for Infiniti, however the Q30’s practicality is limited
- 6Reliability and SafetyAvailable safety features are comprehensive, and the Q30 earned a five-star Euro NCAP rating