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New Nissan Qashqai 2.0 DCI n-tec Reviewed

The new Nissan Qashqai 2.0 DCI n-tech has more toys than a ninety-foot square kid's playpen

By Stephen Turvil
Aug 06, 2010
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The new Nissan Qashqai 2.0 DCI n-tech has more toys than a ninety-foot square kid's playpen. These include the colour reversing camera, a panoramic glass roof with one-touch shade, duel zone climate control with glove box cooling, cruise control, plus automatic headlights and windscreen wipers. What a list!

The Qashqai 2.0 DCI n-tech is also available with either six-speed manual or automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive. Now, whereas this stylish crossover vehicle is not a serious mud plunger the 4x4 technology comes in handy on slippery roads. Drivers can choose from either fixed four or two-wheel drive, or select the 'auto' option that sends power to the rear wheels as necessary.

This four-wheel drive system complements the excellent handling that inspires tremendous confidence in this reliable Japanese vehicle. This means there is very little body roll to unsettle the smooth ride, despite being rather lofty, and the precise steering and slick transmissions are pleasurable to use. The overall sensation is one of no-nonsense composure rather than sportiness, and this is consistent with the performance.

The Qashqai's 2.0-litre engine produces 147bhp that propels the manually geared variant to sixty in 10.6 seconds, and the automatic to the same benchmark in 11.6. The former returns a reasonable combined average of 40mpg but the automatic only manages 36mpg. This comparative thirst means twelve months road tax costs £245 compared to £200 for its less polluting sibling.

The Nissan Qashqai 2.0 DCI n-tech has a list price of £23,495 - £24,695. If this is too expensive, or you prefer a different model, the range as a whole is listed in Motoring.co.uk's new car database from £15,695.

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By Stephen Turvil
Aug 06, 2010