The Infiniti QX30 which is a small, quite posh sports utility vehicle didn’t actually get a good press from the car magazines. But I thought it was pretty good.

Infiniti is manufactured by Nissan the way Toyota builds Lexus and even now you don’t see many of them on the road these days.

All of their models are well priced against those which are built by similarly high-spec manufacturers and the good thing is that you can have a different car to sayban Audi, BMW or Mercedes.

The QX30 comes in at just under £30,000 while the top of the range is around £33,000 and you know exactly what you’ve got going to get.

There is only a 2.2-litre diesel engine, with a seven-speed automatic box and four-wheel drive as standard. That’s it.

And despite the size of the engine and a four wheel drive system you will should easily get 50 miles to the gallon and you can tow almost two tonnes should you have a horsebox for the local gymkhana.

The combination of the diesel and the auto box works well while the steering is perhaps a little heavy.

Some critics said was that visibility wasn’t good and there wasn’t sufficient space in the back.

That might be the case but this is not the car for a big family anyway or those with teenage children. It’s ideal for the empty nesters and if you need to have another couple with you, chances are that it’s not going to be for a long journey.

And like the Lexus models the Infinitis are great cars and even the lowest priced premium model are always well equipped with bags of great kit including electric seats and rear-parking sensors.

Ride comfort is excellent and long journeys are a delight and even around a trip around town are pretty good.

The car is not at all noisy and as quiet as all Infinitis are even with a soft sound from a diesel engine.

The top speed of the QX30 is 134mph and 0-62mph is reached in eight and a half seconds. The CO2 is 1248g/km.

The interior is good with an impressive dashboard and door trims. There are only two trim levels and both come with a seven inch touchscreen which is via rotary controller.

Sat-nav, DAB, Bluetooth and two USB inputs are standard fit.

The expensive Premium Tech model has a reversing camera and to a blind spot warning device.

Safety equipment is good as you would expect, with lane-assist, emergency city braking and seven airbags included and the Q30 achieved five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.

The size of the boot is reasonably impressive with a square shape and the 60/40 split rear seats fold almost flat quite easily. This means it has more than 500 litres of space there.

The toy list include sat-nav, connectivity functions, rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, 18in alloys and contrast roof rails are all standard.

The Premium Tech does bring LED headlights, leather upholstery, electric seat adjustment and keyless entry.

CO2 emissions are good because of the all-wheel drive and automatic gearbox, so company car users have reasonable monthly tax payments.