It's been ten years since the original Qashqai was released and started the trend for small, family-friendly SUVs. The Qashqai is a car that revolutionised the market, and this latest iteration lives up to that impressive heritage.
The latest Qashqai has smoothed over some of the more unusual design touches that were introduced with the model's original release, but what is left is a sleek and elegant family SUV. The lines flow effortlessly despite the car's size, and the new narrow grille looks just as much at home on the front of the Qashqai as it does on the all-new Micra. Upgrade to the Tekna trim and you can arrive at your destination on stylish 19-inch alloy wheels.
The interior of the Qashqai's cabin features far more luxurious touches than you may otherwise expect from a small, family-orientated SUV. For a start the cabin is decked out with an abundance of soft-touch and pleasantly dense materials, whilst the switches are typically well-damped. Upgrading to higher trim specifications will give you a glossy Piano Black finish around the dashboard for extra sophistication.
The latest version of the Nissan Qashqai comes with a typically broad range of engines. The 1.2-litre DIG-T 115 petrol engine is the standard, entry-level unit, but you can also have your pick from a 128bhp 1.6-litre dCi diesel, a 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol and a 1.6-litre DIG-T petrol. The 1.6-litre DIG-T is the quickest engine on offer, hitting 50mph in around 9.1 seconds. The most eco-friendly unit is a 1.5-litre diesel which returns 74.3mpg and emit just 99g/km of CO2.
The Qashqai is as typically dependable as you would expect from a well-renowned manufacturer like Nissan. In fact, the Qashqai secured a full five-star crash-safety rating from the collision experts at Euro NCAP. As well as a full complement of airbags and other standard equipment, the Qashqai gives drivers access to Nissan's excellent Safety Shield technology. Safety Shield employs systems such as front collision avoidance with autonomous braking, driver fatigue detection, lane departure alerts and blind-spot warnings. The Qashqai can also manoeuvre itself into tight parking spaces.
To book a test drive in a Nissan Qashqai, or to find out more about trim options and finance packages, contact RRG Group in Bury today.