The 2014 Qashqai hits the streets in February 2014 and is available to order now. The 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, due summer 2014.
Four trim levels are available; Visia , Acenta, Acenta Premium 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, the smart vision pack adds anti-dazzling rear-view mirror, high beam assist, lane departure warning, collision avoidance and all-round parking sensors. The Acenta Premium trim adds a DAB radio, 7-inch touchscreen display, a rear-view parking camera, Sat Nav, panoramic glass roof and a push-button start. The 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 57.6 miles per gallon and reach 62 miles per hour in 11.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 114mph.
The four wheel drive Qashqai is only paired to the 1.6 litre diesel and there is no Automatic all wheel drive Qashqai, Advance payments start at £1599 for the Acenta Premium manual.
It is hard to fault the new Qashqai and we are sure it will be a great success as prices are realistic, trim generous and the engines frugal yet powerful. ‘The king is dead……long live the king’ and a big thank you to Nissan for adding new cars to the Scheme straight away.
Winter Best Buy – 2014 Qashqai 1.2 (115bhp) petrol Acenta with smart vision pack (Manual) – £199 Advance Payment
Winter Best Buy – 2014 Qashqai 1.5 (110bhp) diesel Acenta with smart vision pack (Manual) - £299 Advance Payment
Winter Best Buy – 2014 Qashqai 1.6 (130bhp) diesel Acenta with smart vision pack (CVT Automatic) - £1299 Advance Payment or £799 with 6 speed manual gearbox