Iconic Nissan Qashqai gets a power boost

by Gazette Reporter

The new Nissan Qashqai combines stunning looks, efficient aerodynamics, and advanced technology to help drivers enjoy enlightened city or motorway driving at its best.

Thanks to Nissan Intelligent Mobility, all occupants will feel more confident and connected than ever.

Featuring a range of stunning styling updates, from a robust front grille and bonnet design to luxurious new seats, the world’s favourite SUV has never looked better, or felt better.

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Levels of noise and vibration in the cabin of the Qashqai have been vastly improved, with much less sound from the road and engine making its way inside, particularly on the motorway.

One thing is for certain: the second-generation Nissan Qashqai looks far more upmarket than the original model. The overall shape is typical crossover, with a raised ride height, roof-rails and black plastic trim giving a familiar rugged off-roader look.

Generous Specification Levels

The Nissan Qashqai model line-up consists of four generously-equipped trim levels – XE, SV, SV Premium, and range-topping SVE. Engine options in the new Qashqai includes a new 1.3-litre petrol unit with 140bhp (6-speed manual), or 160bhp (DCT automatic transmission), a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel (dCi) engine producing 115bhp (manual or DCT), and a 1.7-litre turbo-diesel with 150bhp (manual or DCT). 2WD is standard across the range, with 4WD reserved for the larger turbo-diesel power plant.

Review Car

My review car was a Nissan Qashqai 1.3 SV Premium (160bhp) DCT Auto, which looked very elegant in its Vivid Blue Metallic paintwork.

Nissan’s wonderful new 1.3-litre 4-cylinder turbo-charged petrol engine produces 240Nm of torque for swift acceleration, and propels the car from 0-100km/h in just 10.4-seconds, on its way to a top speed of 192km/h.

I managed to achieve fuel consumption as low as 7.0l/100km on a combined driving cycle, while the car will tow a braked trailer of up to 1200kg.

On the road, the new Nissan Qashqai behaves with poise and precision, with lots of grip from the tyres, and good balance.

The petrol engine is extremely quiet, the ride quality is comfortable, and visibility is excellent, ensuring that the Qashqai is an enjoyable place in which to spend time.

Cargo space in the Nissan Qashqai is impressive, with 430-litres available with the rear seats up, and up to 1,598-litres on offer with the rear seats folded flat.

Pricing & Warranty

The Nissan Qashqai range is priced from just €27.570 (ex-delivery) and represents terrific value for money.

All new Nissan passenger cars come with a 3-year/100,000km warranty, and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty too. When you choose the new Nissan Qashqai, you get a good-looking SUV with the reduced running costs of a hatchback. Nissan’s Qashqai is not just the world’s favourite crossover, it’s a new ‘Super-SUV’.

Declan Glynn

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