The Nissan Qashqai has been ever popular due to constant technology updates and cosmetic tweaks over the last six years but the 2014 Qashqai is a whole new car that retains the distinctive look that has kept the Sunderland production busy. This fresh new Qashqai is 49mm longer, 15mm lower and 20mm wider yet still 40kg lighter. The boot capacity increases by 20 litres to 430 as does front headroom due to repositioned seats. The 2014 Qashqai will be a five seat only, the +2 will be no more, the new 7 seat X-trail will be the large SUV choice.
Four trim levels are available; Visia, Acenta, n-tec and Tekna. The Visia includes Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights, cruise control, hill-start assist and air-conditioning. The Acenta adds 17-inch alloys, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone air-conditioning and a leather steering wheel and presently the Smart Vision pack is included which has lane a departure warning, forward emergency braking and front and rear parking sensors. The n-tec model is the pick if funds allow as it has the excellent 7-inch touchscreen display with built in sat nav and reversing camera as well as delights such as push-button start, 18″ alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, high beam assist and auto folding wing mirrors. The n-tec+ adds a panoramic roof with silver roof rails. The range topping Tenka trim adds 19-inch alloys, LED headlights, heated leather electric seats and intelligent park assist.
One petrol and two diesel engines are available. The most popular choice will be the updated 110bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine with a six speed manual gearbox, now emitting just 99g/km of CO2 and returning a claimed 74.3mpg with a top speed of 112mph and a 0-62 mph time of 12.4 seconds, making it a perfect everyday car. A more powerful 128bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine is available as front or all wheel drive as a 6 speed manual or front wheel drive only as a CVT automatic gearbox, that can return 62.8 mpg yet still propel the car to 62mph in 10.7 seconds.
If you only do short trips or simply prefer not to smell diesel for days after filling your tank then the excellent 1.2 litre turbo charged petrol engine could be for you, built by Nissan under the Nissan Renault Alliance it produces 115bhp and can return 50.4 miles per gallon and reach 62 miles per hour in 10.9 seconds (12.9 as a CVT Automatic) and on to a top speed of 114mph.
Winter Best Buy – Qashqai 1.2 (115bhp) petrol Acenta with smart vision pack (Manual) – £199 Advance Payment (£58.68 wpms)
Winter Best Buy – Qashqai 1.5 (110bhp) diesel Acenta with smart vision pack (Manual) – £299 Advance Payment (£59.35 wpms)
* Production delays are holding up the 1.6 diesel engined car, these will be back on the scheme soon.