The UK’s best-selling Crossover vehicle has had a makeover and boasts a bolder more eye-catching look and even better levels of equipment. It also ha s a lot in common with the new Nissan X-Trail, it is built on the same platform and shares a lot of the new Nissan ‘family’ characteristics. In fact the +2 version of the Qashqai will be dropped in favour of the new 7 seater Nissan X-Trail in 2014. The 2nd gen Qashqai also has a new chassis control system for both the 2WD and 4WD versions which improve the car’s stability and handling.
Entry-level Visia models come as standard with plenty of equipment including 16 inch steel wheels, heated electric door mirrors, Bluetooth, hill start assist, cruise control, LED daytime running lights and air con.
Move up to the Accenta model you’ll be adding 17 inch alloy wheels, dual-zone air-con, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers and a leather steering wheel.
The Acenta Premium model adds Nissan’s infotainment system, with DAB radio and 7 inch colour touchscreen plus Nissan’s new front collision avoidance system, there’s also a rear-view camera, panoramic glass roof, front and rear parking sensors and push-button start.
The top of the range Tekna model adds 19 inch alloy wheels, Bi LED headlights, full leather trim, heated seats and Nissan’s new Safety Shield system as standard, which includes blind spot warnings, parking cameras and a lane departure system.
There will be four engines available, two petrol and two diesel all with start/sop technology and 6 speed manual transmission. However you should note there is only one petrol engine available at the moment, the 1.2 DIG-T, a more powerful 1.6 DIG-T petrol engine (150PS) is expected to be added to the range mid/late 2014. The 1.2 DIG-T petrol unit delivers 115PS, emissions of 129g/km and fuel economy of up to 50mpg.
The most frugal of the two diesel engines is the 1.5-litre dCI (110PS), which emits just 99g/km of CO2 and a fuel economy of up to 74mpg. The more powerful diesel is the 1.6 dCi (130PS) and come with the option of the manual or 7 speed transmission in 2WD or 4WD. At it’s cleanest in its 2WD guise it emits just 119g/km of CO2 and is capable of a fuel economy of up to 61mpg. The 4WD version emits 129g/km of CO2 and can do up 57mpg.
The Nissan Qashqai is the UK’s favourite Crossover and their flagship vehicle in the UK, it faces stiff competition from other new pretenders in the increasingly crowded new Compact SUV / Crossover car sector but remains the leader of the pack!