Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai has been ever popular due to constant technology updates and cosmetic tweaks and 2017 sees the latest version of the best selling medium sized SUV, external cahanges are a re-contoured light graphics front and rear, remoulded bumpers, the addition of rectangular (rather than round) foglamps and shark-fin aerial. Internal changes are more subtle; slightly more premium materials are used in key locations and the only noticeable change is the flat bottomed three-spoke steering wheel. The success of the Qashqai and the small changes will undoubtedly keep the Sunderland production busy.

 

 

Nissan Qashqai 2014 Motability car boot

Four trim levels are available; Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta, N-Vision 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 (SVP) is included which has lane a departure warning, forward emergency braking and front and rear parking sensors.  The N-Connecta 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-Connecta, for a £150 top up, is avaialble with the Comfort pack that adds a panoramic sunroof and roof rails. The N-Vision has panoramic glass roof, sports alcantara part leather trim, electrically adjustable driver’s seat with manual lumbar support, heated front seats and silver roof rails. The range topping Tenka trim adds 19-inch alloys, panoramic glass roof, LED headlights, heated leather electric seats and intelligent park assist.

 

Two 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. A new 163bhp 1.6 petrol that can reach 0-62mph in 9.1sec and a top speed of 124mph with a claimed economy return of 47.1 completes the range.

Autumn Best Buy – Qashqai 1.2 (115bhp) diesel Acenta SVP (Manual)   –   Nil Advance Payment (£59.41 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Qashqai 1.5 (110bhp) diesel Acenta SVP (Manual)   –   £399 Advance Payment (£62.07 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Qashqai 1.2 (115bhp) petrol Acenta SVP (Xtronic Auto)   –   £499 Advance Payment (£62.73 wpms)