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What is it?
The Qashqai is a medium size five-door family crossover available with one body style. The main range offers five trim levels and three engine choices. There are also automatic and four-wheel drive options. This second Qashqai generation was introduced in early 2014.
What is the Nissan Qashqai like to drive?
The second-generation Qashqai is much like the first -and that’s far from a bad thing - but with extra polish and flair. It’s easy to drive, particularly comfortable at speed, impressively quiet and handles very tidily. The 1.2 petrol engine is best suited to urban use. The 1.5 dCi is a very good all-rounder, the more powerful 1.6 dCi worth having if you’re often carrying plenty of passengers and heavy loads. The interior is more classily finished than before and there’s a wide range of electronic driver aids and convenience features.
What engines are available?
There are two diesel choices and one petrol. The petrol is a downsized 115hp 1.2 DIG-T turbo, the diesels come as a 1.5 dCi of 110hp and a 1.6 providing 130hp. All are four cylinders, and all come with six speeds as standard. A CVT automatic is available with the 1.2 petrol and 1.6
diesel. Four-wheel drive is an option with the 1.6, but only with manual transmission. All versions come with stop-start.
What are the key standard features of the Nissan Qashqai?
The entry-level Qashqai Visia comes with Bluetooth, manual air conditioning, radio/DC/aux-in with 5in screen, four electric windows, cruise control, trip computer, electric parking brake, driver’s seat height adjuster, four-way adjustable wheel, centre console and armrest, 60:40 split rear seats, electric heated door mirrors and 16in steel wheels.
What are the key options?
A smart vision pack (traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, forward emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors) and a panoramic glass roof.
How spacious is the Nissan Qashqai?
The Qashqai has a generously sized interior that’s comfortable for five. The boot is particularly big for this class, and easy to load. On-board storage space is good.
What will it cost to run?
CO 2 emissions range from 99g/km for the 1.5 dCi to 129g/km for the 1.2 DIG-T manual and auto and the 1.6 dCi four-wheel drive. Official combined fuel consumption ranges from 74.3mpg to 57.6mpg. Benefit-in-kind exposure ranges from 15% for the 1.5 dCi diesel to 21% for the 1.6 dCi 4wd.
What safety features does it have?
Six airbags, anti-lock brakes and ESP anti-skid control are standard. The Qashqai achieved a full five star NCAP safety rating. A smart vision pack (see options) includes several safety features. There are Isofix attachment points for two child seats in the rear.
Alternatives include the Audi Q3, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford C-Max, Ford Grand C-Max, Honda CR-V,Mazda CX-5, Mercedes B-Class, Peugeot 3008, Renault Kadjar, Seat X-Perience, Skoda Yeti, Subaru XV, Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, Vauxhall Zafira Tourer and Volkswagen Golf SV.