Infiniti announces UK pricing details for the 2016 QX30 compact crossover image

The Japanese luxury automaker has announced the British pricing for the latest addition to the range – the QX30 premium compact crossover – kicks off at 29, 490 British pounds.

The carmaker has started taking orders at this listing price for the Premium version, with the higher-spec Premium Tech starting from 33,370 British pounds. The model will have powerful competitors on the market: the Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 d Sport (actually a kindred spirit since the Infiniti borrows its platform) and the BMW X1 sDrive18d, priced lower at £27,385 and £27,090, respectively. The upside is the QX30 comes as the entry-level option with the AWD, 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the higher-powered version of the Mercedes-sourced 2.1-liter turbo diesel churning out 170 horsepower. Equivalent models from Mercedes and BMW will be more costly when compared – but the QX30 also has to go against its 2016 Infiniti Q30 version which starts at £20,550.

Of course, we’re talking about the same differences seen between the A and GLA Class of models at Mercedes – with the Infiniti crossover adding a 30 mm increased ground clearance, lots of design modifications including added plastic body cladding or the front and rear skid plates and roof rails. And the all wheel drive system is standard for the model that will be manufactured at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, UK – from where the QX30 will be shipped to dealerships starting this summer.