Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta Premium 2WD
might have a Japanese name but
the Qashqai is built in Britain
here. Right now,
TV ad says. More than just a sound-
bite, its huge global sales success
also the right car at the
A NISSAN QASHQAI ROLLS off the Sunderland production line every 59 seconds!
The plant produces a total of 550,000 new cars a year, eighty percent of them
shipping overseas for export. In the UK, the Qashqai sells in big numbers to
retail, business, fleet and Motability customers.
Last year it was the UK's sixth best-selling model range with over 50,000 registrations
this year it occupies position seven in the new car sales Top
Ten. This new third generation Qashqai is slightly larger and offers more interior
space, is better to drive with higher equipment levels, boasts more driver aid
functions, and it uses a new range of more fuel- and CO2-efficient engines.
The less popular seven-seater versions have been dropped from the line-up leaving
just the roomier five-seater models. The low-selling 4WD models are limited
to just one choice of engine the 130hp 1.6-litre dci turbodiesel,
fitted with either a manual 'box or a new CVT automatic transmission. For the
record, this engine, like all others, is offered with 2WD as standard.
two other powerplants are the new 115hp 1.2 DIG-T direct injection turbocharged
petrol unit, and the equally new 110hp 1.5-litre dci turbodiesel. A 150hp 1.6
DIG-T turbo petrol unit will be available later in 2014.
The 110hp 1.5-litre turbodiesel is a plucky
unit and, generally, once on the move its responsive and more
than just copes with maximum motorway cruising speeds without stress...
trim levels, dependent on engine, are Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna.
I've been driving the likely best-selling retail version the 1.5
dci Acenta Premium with 2WD priced at £22,690.
Now this might seem like downsizing an engine too far in a vehicle of this size
and load carrying potential, but the 110hp 1.5-litre turbodiesel is a plucky
little number that serves up its 192lb ft of torque from 1,750rpm.
Generally, once on the move it's responsive and it more than just
copes with maximum motorway cruising speeds without stress. Admittedly it's
a tad sluggish coping with rolling starts in second gear at road junctions and
roundabouts, but once the turbo is blowing the acceleration picks up smartly
enough. It takes 11.9 seconds to get from zero to 62mph. Top speed is 113mph.
For most owners the fuel economy and tax implications will be far more important
than outright speed. So they'll be pleased to hear that the official Combined
Cycle figure is a headline 74.3mpg. In the real world, racking up miles mostly
on long motorway journeys at 70mph or in stop-start traffic, it averaged 52.6mpg.
True, that's nowhere near the official figure but for a family car of this size
I didn't feel short-changed. Another big advantage is the low CO2 emission figure
of 99g/km, which means no road tax to pay. So
for most Qashqai customers the 1.5-litre dci unit will satisfy most needs.
easy to drive; it has an elevated seating position, so getting in and out is
easy; there's now more headroom and better rear seat space and legroom and the
seats offer more support; the ride comfort is much better with this new generation
Qashqai; and the handling will not disappoint most drivers. And
there are more plusses: quality and design of the interior trim looks and feels
a much higher grade it certainly looks posher!
The extra boot space (now 430 litres with as much as 1,585 litres available
with the rear seats folded), and the height-adjustable load floor is very useful,
especially the 16-combination luggage board system which offers a variety of
solutions for securing parcels, bags and such like. All very well thought out.
specification of the Acenta Premium is first class, including as it does power
windows and heated door mirrors, AirCon, the Smart Vision Pack (which includes
traffic sign recognition, auto high/low beam headlights, lane departure warning,
front collision warning, and front and rear parking sensors).
You dont need a week
behind the wheel
to understand why its
to date a first rate
family car thats
easy to drive,
well designed inside
and out, and affordable
Also included is Nissan Connect with its 7-inch touchscreen navigation and entertainment
functions, DAB radio, Bluetooth, colour reversing camera, cruise control, on-board
computer, panoramic glass sunroof (which does a fine job of brightening up the
dark interior), 17-inch alloy wheels, and a fuel-saving stop/start system.
there's even more: push-button Start and an electronic parking brake. It really
is the complete package and complements the overall desirability and functionality
the new Qashqai offers motorists who want a functional and smart-to-look-at
design doesn't differ that much from the first generation Qashqai: it's slightly
larger and a bit more curvaceous, with a bolder and stylish front grille flanked
by new headlights. The rising waistline lends a hint of coupe suggesting 'pace'.
Unfortunately, the glass windows at the rear corners are small so visibility
in those areas is not as good probably the only area of the car
where fashion outdoes function.
You don't need a week behind the wheel to understand why it's Nissan's most
successful vehicle to date. A first rate family car, roomy, comfortable, easy
to drive, well designed inside and out, and with affordable running costs, this
latest Qashqai invites only minor criticisms (restricted rear quarter visibility,
annoying electronic parking brake, no spare wheel). David Miles
Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dci Acenta Premium 2WD | £22,690
Maximum speed: 113mph | 0-62mph: 11.9 seconds | Test Average: 52.6mpg
Power: 110hp bhp | Torque: 192lb ft | CO2 99g/km