Qashqai 2.0 dCi Tekna 2WD
Qashqai has been a huge sales
hit for Nissan because it ticks all the
right boxes a versatile family car
for all seasons and more reasons...
NISSAN CLAIM TO HAVE INVENTED the term 'crossover' with the
launch of the Qashqai in March 2007. Since then it has become the best selling
model range ever for Nissan Europe.
In its size sector, only the Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus BMW 3 Series and
VW Golf outsell it. The Qashqai appeals to a broad spread of customers because
it offers so much for so many, whether they are retail, business user-choosers,
fleet or a considerable number of Motability users.
As a crossover the Qashqai is a family-sized hatchback with styling elements
of an SUV soft off-roader and seating elements of a compact MPV people carrier.
Prices for the most popular five-seat versions, following recent updates, now
range from £15,695 up to £26,195; the seven seat Qashqai+2 models cost between
£16,995 and £27,345. The vast majority sold are two-wheel drive versions. Four
engines are available: 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol and 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesel.
Automatic transmission options are available on some versions of the 2.0-litre
petrol and diesel units.
updates in Spring 2010 and now the introduction of the 2011 model year range
mean Qashqai is even better, and all models are now fully compliant with the
Euro 5 emissions regulations.
Qashqai is easy
to drive, easy to load
luggage, the family dog
or just stuff...
The changes earlier in the year saw a complete makeover at the front, with an
all-new bonnet, front bumper, wings, grille and headlamps combining to give
the Qashqai a greater sophistication with improved presence and quality.
At the rear, the lights were updated with a more transparent lens design featuring
a clear upper portion housing the reversing lights and indicators, and a red
lower section with the brake and night-time running lights. For maximum clarity
the brake and tail lights now operate using 12 LEDs.
Three new exterior colours Gun Metallic, Magnetic Red and Mineral
Grey complement the overall restyling, while 16- and 17-inch alloy
wheels are new five-spoke designs that enhance the Qashqai's kerbside attitude.
Inside, there's a new design to the main dials which gives added clarity and
legibility; the redesigned driver's computer features a new white LCD screen.
Further improvements come in the shape of low-level lighting around the front
footwells, creating a warmer cabin ambience.
Additional oddments storage takes in a new cubby at the base of the central
cluster that's ideal for a mobile phone or portable audio player. Additionally,
on the two-wheel drive versions (where the All-Mode selector isn't fitted),
there's a new space for keys and swipe cards conveniently located between the
seats just behind the gear selector.
And life aboard the Qashqai has been made even quieter courtesy of an all-new
multi-layer insulation material around the front bulkhead and an 'acoustic'
windscreen that reduces noise transmission. Occupants will also notice a reduction
in wind noise around the A-pillar, achieved by changing the window sealing.
customer research has shown that drivers love the blend of solidity and agility
however, some small but significant changes have been made to
the suspension tuning to further improve ride comfort and responsiveness.
has shown that drivers
of solidity and agility...
ESP is now fitted as standard across the range; Acenta models and above gain
a speed limiter and Tekna models now feature a Bose speaker system. There are
now, depending on the engine chosen, Visia, Visia Pure, Acenta and Tekna levels
The introduction of the 2011 model year Qashqais also sees the availability,
for the first time, of a Stop/Start system on 1.6-litre petrol models. This
not only improves fuel economy by up to 3% but also drops the Qashqai down one
VED tax band, resulting in a welcome reduction in road tax.
One of the most significant changes to the range is the addition of a new Visia
Pure Drive 1.5-litre dCi diesel variant. Wearing the badge reserved only for
the Nissan models with the most environmentally efficient economy and emissions,
this Qashqai Pure Drive produces only 130g/km of CO2 (down from the 137g/km
of the standard model) with a Combined fuel consumption improved from 54.3 to
57.6mpg. This model has a £0 VED First Year road tax rate (£90 a year thereafter).
Company car drivers will like the reduced BIK tax, down to 18%.
Having driven a number of new crossover models which have entered the market
recently, including the Peugeot 3008, Ford Kuga 2WD, Mitsubishi ASX 2WD, Hyundai
ix35 and the Kia Sportage, it was time to get to grips with the latest Qashqai
a 148bhp 2.0-litre dCi Tekna 2WD; not the best selling model as
such but it has the most popular five-seat layout.
Carrying a price tag of £23,445 it is a model very close to the top of the range
only the 4WD and 4WD automatic versions are more expensive, at
£24,995 and £26,195. The auto 4WD version would be my choice; I live in the
country and we get lots of snow, ice, mud and rain and, generally speaking,
retail customers not hindered by company car tax prefer diesels and an auto
'box and the 4WD automatic is the ideal model for all seasons and all uses.
the 2WD version ticks virtually all the boxes and I can very easily see why
the Qashqai continues to be very successful. The latest versions look better,
have a really comfortable ride and handle better than other crossovers
except for the Ford Kuga 2WD.
comfortable and roomy
family car with
low running costs...
The Qashqai is also easy to drive, easy to load with passengers, luggage, the
family dog or just 'stuff'. With five seats in use, the luggage space is an
acceptable 410 litres but with the rear seats folded away this goes up to a
very practical 1,513 litres. The only snag is that the rear seats do not fold
For active users who need a vehicle for towing, the Qashqai's maximum braked
towing weight is a lowish 1,400kg which isn't in the same league as an out-and-out
This Qashqai is economical on fuel my test car returned a very
impressive 47.4mpg; the official Combined Cycle figure is 47.9mpg, so the vehicle
does what is claimed by Nissan. With CO2 emissions of 155g/km, road tax is £155.
Company car tax is 23%.
All Qashqai models are well equipped but the Tekna's specification is superb
and really does bring home what good value this model is. All the usual features
are there: power windows and door mirrors, air-conditioning, electronic stability
programme, auto wipers and lights, cruise control, on-board computer and ambient
lighting. Plus it includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, 18-inch alloy
wheels and a 7-speaker Bose audio system pretty much the lot.
Downsides include some body roll when cornering, the long load floor is not
flat when the rear seats are folded down, high gearing means frequent changes
between fourth, fifth and sixth gears and there are annoying 'nanny-ing' warning
chimes for too many functions.
On the plus side you get a smartly styled, well equipped comfortable and roomy
family car with low running costs. And when you put all the 'goodies'
the styling, the driving manners, ride comfort and the user-friendliness together
it's no wonder this is a winning sales package.
Nissan Qashqai 2.0 dCi Tekna 2WD | £23,445
Maximum speed: 121mph | 0-62mph: 9.5 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 148bhp | Torque: 236lb ft | CO2 155g/km