Infiniti Q30 awarded 5-star ANCAP safety

August 1, 2016

The soon-to-arrive Infiniti Q30 recently underwent Euro NCAP’s stringent crash tests and Australia’s ANCAP has assessed the results and given it the full five-star rating.

Infiniti Q30 ANCAP crash test

Those in the market for a small premium car will soon be offered the new Q30. This is Infiniti’s answer to cars like the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and the Mercedes A-Class. Interestingly, the Q30 shares the same platform as the A-Class.

ANCAP says the Q30 performed well in the range of crash tests, offering “good” pedestrian protection thanks to the standard active bonnet technology. ANCAP also commended Infiniti for fitting the Q30 with autonomous city braking technology as standard.

Where the Q30 could see improvement was with whiplash protection. ANCAP gave it “marginal” and “poor” scores for front and rear occupants in this area. ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said:

“Physical crash performance is important, but avoiding a crash is what we’re aiming for. It’s pleasing to see Infiniti provide AEB standard for the Australian market.”

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Full Australian specifications are yet to be confirmed, however, through ANCAP’s ratings it looks like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, and lane departure assistance systems will only be offered as an option or on higher variant grades only.

Overseas versions of the Q30 are offered with a range of turbocharged diesel and petrol engines. There’s a 1.6 petrol with 90kW and 115kW, and up to a 2.0T with 155kW, as well as diesels ranging from 85kW to 125kW.

It’s unconfirmed at this stage what powertrains will be offered locally. More details are expected any day now. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear more.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.