2016 Nissan Qashqai Review

April 18, 2016

The new Nissan Qashqai may have a funny-sounding name, but this one follows up on the sucess of its predecessor, Dualis. Pronounced as “cash-kai,” the Qashqai was created in the United Kingdom with the Europeans in mind. Its newest version has become 23mm wider and 47mm longer, stretching 1.81m and 4.38m, respectively. It was built to accommodate five people with a front wheel drive, as well as options of 1.6-litre disel or 2.0-litre petrol.

Key Features

The Nissan Qashqai ST has a price tag that begins at $25,890. It is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, cloth trim, five-inch colour display, NissanConnect app accessibility, manual air-conditioning, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. In terms of output, the Qashqai’s 2.0-litre petrol produces over 106kW at 6,000RPM, and 200Nm at 4,400RPM.

This Nissan SUV is also equipped with the 1.6-litre Nissan-Renault turbo diesel. While the torque is raised slightly to 320Nm at 1,750RPM, the power is lowered to 96kW at 4,000RPM. Nissan claims that the Qashqai’s diesel version runs at 4.9 litres per 100 kilometers, while its petrol manual is 7.7 litres and the petrol auto is 6.9 litres.

The Qashqai’s interior is superbly done, mimicking the X-Trail. Its extra soft surfaces, leather padding bordering the transmission tunnel, and the real leather on the steering wheel. The touchscreen feature is a treat as it comes with high resolution graphics and easy access to the NissanConnect and TuneIn/Pandora/Google apps. The blind-spot technology and auto-parking feature, which are available in the Ti, works well, too.

This SUV offers a split-floor that comes with two removeable sections. Each section can be flipped around to show the plastic or carpeted side, wedged vertically for two separate boot sections, or removed altogether to show a square space. Another notable feature is that this car is one of the most satisfying to steer, thanks to its electro-mechanical steering technology. This feature comes with two settings, Sport or Normal, and they can be found in the menu. It is also effortless to maneuver.

The Qashqai Ti is much more stable and settled. Its sophisticated design can handle larger potholes on the road, thanks to its 19-inch 45-aspect tyres. All Qashqai versions have Continental tyres. If you want a safe family car, this SUV’s tyres and chassis are managed by its stability control feature.

Unless this Nissan SUV begins to run on some hills, both the diesel and petrol engines deliver above-average performance. The diesel engine runs smoothly. The only downside, however, is the slow stop-start function because the engine is burdened by the car’s weight. The trip computer did show 6.3 litres per 100 kilometers on the rural or freeway drive.

The petrol engine, on the other hand, runs at 11 litres per 100 kilometers. The CVT mostly hides the petrol’s torque deficit. If you are in a hurry, then you will be delighted to know that the auto increases revs pretty quick for optimal engine performance. The larger bursts of speed, however, may make the engine work double time. Like the diesel, the Qashqai’s petrol version also has a well-suppressed engine noise.

Optional Features

Placing an additional $2,640 will change your Qashqai from the six-speed manual transmission to the continuously variable transmission or CVT. Another $4,710 will let you switch from petrol-auto to diesel-auto for the TS model. You will also enjoy additional features, like the rain-sensing wipers, electrically-foldable door mirrors, keyless auto-entry with push-start button, front foglights, a rear centre armrest, dual-zone climate control, and configurable cargo space.

You can also opt to spend the same amount to switch back from petrol and manual shifting for the Ti. The equipment additions include the seven-inch colour touchscreen with satellite navigation, 19-inch alloys, auto LED headlights, around-view monitor, panoramic sunroof, six-way electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, leather-trim with front heating, blind spot monitoring, auto-park assist, moving object detector, and auto high beam.

If you add another $2,500, you will have a loaded compact SUV for under $35,000. You can also choose the Qashqai TL for $37,990.

Bottom Line

Nissan has been moving to improve its servicing costs. The Qashqai is now on annual servicing, from the previous six months, but still comes with a 10,000-kilometer limit. Overall, this SUV is good-looking, roomy, affordable, easily maneuverable, and packed with kit.

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