What is it?
The Nissan Qashqai is a big selling, crossover class, vehicle with a tremendous range of strengths. It is taller than a traditional hatchback and has higher ground clearance, for example. The latter makes getting in easier and – when combined with the 4-wheel-drive of high-spec trims – enables it to master light, off-road, terrain.
Qashqai 4x4 versions further maximise traction by measuring wheel slip, then transferring power to where it is best exploited. Its torque can be split forward to back and left to right. Even for motorists that never venture off-road, this 4x4i system is invaluable particularly when the road surface is wet, icy or snowy.
The Qashqai is practical too. With 5 people aboard, cargo capacity is 430-litres and the floor of the boot moves to various positions to (say) split the cargo bay horizontally or vertically. Furthermore, there can be a flat floor throughout with the rear seats folded, and the parcel shelf can be stowed when not required.
Engines, performance, fuel consumption and emissions
The 1.2-litre, DIG-T, 115PS petrol engine propels motorists to 62mph in 10.6 seconds in 6-speed manual form. Fuel consumption and emissions vary slightly according to the wheel size, but a best case scenario is 50.4mpg/129g/km. Automatic transmission has no impact on efficiency, but raises the time to 62mph to 12.9 seconds.
The Nissan Qashqai 1.6-litre, DIG-T, 163PS petrol engine is teamed with 6-speed manual transmission only, requires 8.9 seconds to reach 62mph, averages 47.1mpg and emits carbon at a rate of 138g/km. Wheel size has no impact on this power plant's efficiency.
The 1.5-litre, dCi, 110PS diesel engine averages – in a best case scenario depending on wheel size – 74.3mpg with emissions of 99g/km. This power plant is also teamed with 6-speed manual transmission only, and propels motorists to 62mph in 11.9 seconds.
The 1.6-litre, dCi, 130PS diesel can be teamed with a manual, or auto, gearbox and front or 4-wheel-drive – so performance varies considerably. Wheels are a factor too. In manual front-wheel-drive guise, expect 0-62mph 9.9 seconds, 64.2mpg and 116g/km (best case).
4x4 models with manual transmission hit 62mph in 10.5 seconds, average up to 57.6mpg and emissions start from 129g/km. In contrast, when teamed with auto transmission and front-wheel-drive expect 0-62mph 11.1 seconds, 60.1mpg, and CO2 of 122g/km (at best).
Trims and equipment
The Visia has: Bluetooth, cruise control, air-con and hill-start assist to stop it rolling. The Acenta adds: dual-zone climate control, auto windscreen wipers and headlamps plus alloy wheels. N-Connecta extras include the around view monitor that provides a 360 degree, aerial, view of the surroundings via a camera on each side.
The Tekna is the top of the range model. Enhancements include the: blind spot monitor, leather trim, driver attention system, satin silver roof rails, heated front seats plus self-levelling headlamps. 4x4 is available with N-Connecta and Tekna models only.
Nissan Qashqai price range from £18,545 to £28,990 on the road.