If there's a disappointment inside, it's the infotainment system. It’s complicated to operate and not logically laid out, with a confusing selection of shortcut buttons and a fiddly rotary dial. The Q30 is fairly well equipped, with a 7.0in touchscreen (albeit with a pretty poor resolution), Bluetooth and a USB connection as standard, but adding sat-nav is a pricey £1400 extra, and that’s the only way to access DAB radio. Ultimately, it’s a poor system that can’t hold a candle to those of its competitors.
Elsewhere inside, our SE Business Edition car offered supportive front seats with lots of adjustment and plenty of room for those in the front, although space is more paltry in the rear and boot space and practicality is also average for the class.
This 1.6 feels suitably strong and has no problem slugging it up to motorway speeds from a rolling start. Its sub-9.0sec 0-62mph time tells you it’s fairly brisk but not blistering and there's some noticeable turbo lag to work around, but on the whole it's a pleasing companion. It does become raspy under heavy acceleration, but it won’t bother you much at motorway speeds. There is, however, quite a lot of road noise in the cabin.
The steering doesn’t offer much feedback and the nose will wash wide if you chuck the Q30 into a corner with too much confidence. However, it offers a largely compliant ride, particularly at higher speeds.
The seven-speed automatic gearbox is generally good at judging shifts for itself, but it can be caught out on kick downs when you plant your right foot. In Sport mode it holds on to gears longer - often too long - but you can take matters into your own hands by selecting manual mode and using the Q30's paddles instead.