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Infiniti Q30 now on sale in Australia from $38,900

Infiniti’s entry-level Q30 hatch has launched in Australia, with pricing, specs and equipment all confirmed.

Infiniti Q30

Three engines are available. Opening the range is the $38,900 Q30 GT with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine of 115kW and 250Nm. Moving up, the Sports and Sports Premium models are available with either a 2.0-litre 155kW/350Nm turbo-petrol, or 125kW/350Nm 2.2-litre diesel. Fuel consumption is 6.0, 6.3 and 5.2L/100km, respectively.

All engines are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with front-wheel drive in all variants, sharing its platform with the Mercdes-Benz A- and and B Class.

Acceleration times for the 0-100km/h sprint are 8.9 seconds for the 1.6-litre, 7.3 for the 2.0t, and 8.3 for the diesel. According to Grahame Cornforth, Infiniti chief vehicle engineer;

“The Q30 offers excellent steering, further enhancing the overall ride and handling feel, as well as a tuned suspension and body response that’s uniquely Infiniti. Thanks to this set-up, the car offers a secure and in-control driving sensation, a perfect example being Q30’s ability to confidently steer the right cornering angle and ‘hold the line’ precisely through the corner.”

A full suite of driver assist technologies are included, depending on model, such as blind-spot warning, autonomous emergency braking, auto high beam assist, adaptive cruise control and park assist. Parking itself is helped by a birds-eye view from the cameras.

The Q30 is 4425mm long, 1805mm wide and 1495mm tall, on a 2700mm wheelbase. It competes against the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3, Mercedes A-Class, and Lexus CT. Pricing for the British-built hatchback is as follows:

Q30 1.6t GT $38,900 $42,875
Q30 2.0t Sports $44,900 $49,055
Q30 2.0t Sports BOSE Sound $45,900 $50,085
Q30 2.2d Sports $46,900 $52,145
Q30 2.2d Sports BOSE Sound $47,900 $53,175
Q30 2.0t Sports Premium $52,900 $57,295
Q30 2.2d Sports Premium $54,900 $59,335

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.