Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DiG-T Tekna 5dr Hatchback (2018) available from Preston Motor Park Fiat and Volvo

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Body Glass

One touch electric front/rear windows, Privacy glass, Rain sensor windscreen wipers, Rear wiper

Brakes

ABS, brake assist and EBD, Electronic parking brake, ESP + traction control, Forward emergency braking, Hill start assist

Communication

Bluetooth phone integration system

Driver Aids

Around View Monitor, Blind spot monitoring, Cruise control, Electric speed sensitive power steering, Front and rear parking sensors, Intelligent parking assist, Lane departure warning system, Rear view camera, Speed limiter, Traffic sign recognition

Driver Convenience

Push button starter

Driver Information

5" TFT driver information centre, Nissan connect sat nav system, Outside temperature display, Service interval indicator, Trip computer

Driving Mirrors

Body colour door mirrors, Electric folding and heated door mirrors, Interior mirror with auto anti dazzle

Embellishment Trims

Graphite interior trim

Entertainment

'Shark fin' mobile antenna, Bose premium 8 speaker system, DAB Digital radio, Radio/CD, Smartphone apps, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, USB/aux input socket

Exterior Body Features

Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles, Chrome window surround, Matt silver roof rails, Rear roof spoiler

Exterior Lights

Automatic headlamp activation, Front fog lights, High beam assist, LED indicators in door mirrors

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

Dual zone climate control, Pollen filter

Interior Features

2 X front 12v sockets, Centre console with armrest, Chrome interior door handles, Configurable luggage board system, Front and rear door pockets with bottle holders, Leather gearknob, Leather interior door handles, Leather knee rest, Leather steering wheel, Parcel shelf, Part leather upholstery, Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel, Rear armrest with 2 cupholders

Interior Lights

Ambient interior lighting, Illuminated electric window switch, Luggage compartment lighting

Packs

Heat pack - Qashqai, LED pack - Qashqai

Safety

Child locks on rear doors, Curtain airbags, Driver/front passenger airbag, Front passenger airbag deactivation, Height adjustable front seatbelts, Seatbelt warning, Side airbags, Three 3 point rear seatbelts, Tyre pressure monitoring system

Seats

60/40 split folding rear seat, Driver + front passenger lumbar support, Electric adjust driver's seat, Front headrests, Front seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters, Height adjustable driver's seat, Height adjustable passenger seat, Isofix child seat preparation, Rear headrests

Security

Alarm, Immobiliser, Intelligent Key, Remote central locking

Wheels - Spare

Tyre puncture repair kit

General

Badge Engine CC: 1.2
Badge Power: 115
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: DiG-T
Coin Series: Tekna
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 15E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 88
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 83
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 69
NCAP Safety Assist %: 79
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
Service Interval Mileage: 12500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO: N
CO2 (g/km): 129
HC: N
HC+NOx: 0.07
Noise Level dB(A): N
NOx: 0.024
Particles: 0.0005
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1197
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.2
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 73.1
Engine Code: H5FT
Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears: 6 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 50.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 55.4
EC Urban (mpg): 42.8

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.6
Engine Power - BHP: 115
Engine Power - KW: 85
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 4500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 140
Engine Torque - MKG: 19
Engine Torque - NM: 190
Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
Top Speed: 115

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R18
Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R18
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: N
Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1590
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4394
Wheelbase: 2646
Width: 1806
Width (including mirrors): 2070

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 55
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1860
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1598
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 400
Max. Loading Weight: 529
Max. Roof Load: 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 675
Minimum Kerbweight: 1331
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.7

QASH RICH (new2) 13/12/2013

Improvements to Nissan's second generation Qashqai Crossover make like even more difficult for this model's host of imitators. Jonathan Crouch takes a look

Ten Second Review

These days, the Nissan Qashqai is sleeker, feels more expensive inside and offers some of the most sophisticated electronic safety technology in the mid-sized Crossover segment. Improvements to the 1.5-litre dCi diesel that most customers choose have enhanced its appeal. Plus as before, there's also a 1.6-litre diesel and two petrol engines, front or all wheel drive and manual or Xtronic automatic transmissions. There's a reason why this Nissan is sunch a hugely popular contender in yhe mid-sized SUV segment.

Background

Some automotive success stories are easy to predict. We all knew that the Audi R8 was a winner as soon as we drove it. Likewise, the Fiat 500 couldn't possibly fail once it made it to the showrooms virtually unchanged from the fantastic Trepiuno show car. But the Nissan Qashqai? That this unprepossessing vehicle should rack up some huge sales came right out of left field. Its predecessor, the Almera, could have been a synonym for mediocrity. Nissan played a really smart move though. They tore up the established supermini/family hatch/family saloon rulebook and started flooding the market with crossovers and SUVs. Some, like the Murano and the Pathfinder, never gelled with the public. Others, such as the X-Trail and the Juke, hit the targets. Then there was the Qashqai, which in 2007 found itself challenging the biggest-selling hatchbacks in the sales charts. A second generation version was launched in 2013 and this car has since been tweaked and upgraded to keep it competitive against an army of mid-sized Crossover rivals.

Driving Experience

On the face of things, not much has changed on this Qashqai in recent years in terms of its drive dynamics, though Nissan insists that under the skin, modifications to the suspension, damping and steering systems have resulted in a more refined on-the-road experience, plus refinement's better too. As before, buyers can choose between front and four-wheel drive versions. The front-wheel drive cars get a cheaper torsion beam rear suspension set-up, while those with All-Mode 4x4 get a more sophisticated independent rear suspension. The calibration has been performed in Europe to suit European tastes. Whether you choose front or rear wheel drive, the Qashqai benefits from Active Trace Control which monitors the behaviour and trajectory of the car, and applies subtle braking to deliver a function similar to a Limited Slip Differential, providing the best traction and the least understeer. There's also a dual mode steering system which changes the weighting of the electrically-assisted rack when you select the Sport setting. As ever, buyers get the choice of two downsized petrol engines and two turbodiesels. The petrol units comprise an 115 PS 1.2-litre DIG-T powerplant that drives through a six-speed manual box or a 1.6-litre 163PS DIG-T engine. Most customers will doubtless be drawn to the diesels, with the 1.5-litre unit easily the most popular. In recent times, it's been upgraded from 110 to 115PS and while torque remains rated at 260Nm, the powerplant now features a new overboost function for easier overtaking. The alternative diesel continues to be the minority-interest 1.6-litre 130hp dCi unit, which is the one you'll need in the unlikely event that you want your Qashqai with 4WD. This engine is also sold with the Xtronic transmission, a stepped CVT gearbox.

Design and Build

The package of styling updates that Nissan introduced for Qashqai buyers in 2017 smartened this second generation design up considerably and included a completely revised front end incorporating the latest Nissan 'V-motion' grille. The headlamps were also revised with a classier version of the 'boomerang' Daytime Running Light signature. At the rear, the car's instantly recognisable 'boomerang' light motif is extended across the whole lamp, and includes a contemporary 3D lens effect to enhance the signature shape. If you haven't tried a Qashqai since this second generation version was launched in 2014, you'll notioce quite a few changes in the cabin too, where an improved layout, higher-quality materials and more advanced technology feature. The 'NissanConnect' infotainment system features a more intuitive user interface and there's a smarter D-shaped multi-function steering wheel with premium satin-chrome inserts. It features a four-way controller for the combimeter display, for easier use and less 'eyes off the road' time. The range-topping Tekna+ grade includes supportive seats trimmed in high-quality soft nappa leather and a popular option for music fans is a BOSE seven-speaker premium sound system. Practicality is as good as ever, with reasonable space in the back and decent headroom thanks to a relatively low seat height in the back. Boot space is 430-litres and load space flexibility is enhanced by a dual-floor system designed to provide a flexible and versatile load space.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £19,500 and stretch to almost £34,000 for the range-topping all-wheel drive version. The trim walk-up shouldn't spark too many surprises either, starting with 'Visia' grade and finishing with a plush 'Tekna+' variant at the top of the range. Even the entry-level model gets a decent bash at the equipment list, being furnished with cruise control, a stereo with USB and Bluetooth, heated body-coloured mirrors, air conditioning, stop/start and hill start assist. It also gets the usual safety features like ESP stability control, ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and front, side and curtain airbags. Safety-wise, there's an 'Intelligent Emergency Braking' system that features Pedestrian Recognition, plus 'Rear Cross Traffic Alert', to mitigate the risk of low-speed impacts when reversing out of a parking space, is now available on Qashqai for the first time. The car continues to be offered with Traffic Sign Recognition, Driver Attention Alert, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning. And buyers will now be offered the option of 'ProPILOT' autonomous drive capability. Controlling the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways, this will provide consumers with more control of their vehicle and a more confident drive, plus greater freedom when they want it, whether during heavy traffic congestion or high-speed cruising.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol engine manages 129g/km and 50.4mpg while the more powerful 1.6-litre DIG-T petrol unit also records 50.4mpg with emissions rated at 132g/km. The 1.5-litre dCi diesel is the engine to choose if you feel that fuel station pasties and chocolate bars are sabotaging your fitness regime. This gets 74.3 miles per gallon and 100g/km on 16 or 17-inch wheels - and the 1.6-litre diesel isn't that much worse. Here you get 119g/km and 61.4mpg if you go for a manual front-wheel drive version, with an equivalent four-wheel drive car registering 129g/km and 57.6mpg. As well as fitting stop/start systems, reducing engine frictional losses, optimising gear ratios and reducing weight where possible, Nissan has also devoted a great deal of attention to the Qashqai's aerodynamics. With a drag co-efficient of 0.32, it cleaves the air very well for a relatively high vehicle. From the elements on show such as the roof spoiler with winglets, to those hidden away like the flat floor design, there's some clever thinking at work here. Another innovation is the Active Grille Shutter system. This closes off airflow through the radiator when not needed. The grille shutter automatically shuts at speeds over 20mph and only opens if sensors detect that the engine needs cooling.

Summary

We think Nissan has judged this one perfectly. Time and again the company has been correct in predicting customer demand and having a product right there. That's not about to change. It's worth noting that of all the Qashqai variants that are being offered to the UK public, only two feature all-wheel drive. This is a car that no longer purports to be anything remotely off-road at all. Instead, it's a model that plugs in to what buyers want, offering lifestyle looks, cutting-edge technology and an efficient ownership proposition. Even in these hard times, Nissan realises that a new car purchase needs to come with a dose of feel-good factor - perhaps now more than ever in fact. Given that reality, this Qashqai looks set to continue to cash in.

QASH BACK (used) 15/09/2017

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

Back in 2014, with over two million sales of its original Qashqai Crossover model on the board, Nissan went all-out to keep this second generation version ahead of an increasingly competitive chasing pack. Hence it's positioning as a bigger, classier, more practical, cleverer, quieter, better equipped and more efficient contender in the quickly growing family hatch-based family SUV market. British designed and built, this model makes a lot of sense as a used buy.

Models

5dr Hatch (1.2 DIG-T, 1.6 DIG-T, 1.5 dCi, 1.6 DCI)

History

Mention Nissan to most people and they'll think of a Japanese car maker. Nothing particularly remarkable. But ask industry experts about the company and they'll tell you a different story. Nissan is the manufacturer that made the most audacious gamble in recent automotive history - and it's one that paid off. The vehicle they went all-out on? This one right here, the Qashqai, a model that back in 2014, was rejuvenated in second generation guise. This version had quite an act to follow, the MK1 model having been credited with nothing less than a re-invention of its brand and the creation of the new market category we now know as the Crossover segment. Back at the original launch in 2007, the Qashqai was revolutionary, at last a new option for families shopping above the small car sector and looking for a versatile and relatively affordable runabout. People who had previously been restricted to mundanity - Focus-sized family hatches, Mondeo-style medium range models or, for the more daring, compact versions of small 4x4s or MPVs. Nissan's brilliance was in deciding to create a design that brought together elements of all these models into one sharply-styled, affordable and ever-so-desirable package. In doing so, the modern Crossover vehicle was born. Today, this class of car is something car makers launch to sell alongside their existing family hatchback and medium range contenders. Nissan, in contrast, took the much riskier step of completely replacing the models it offered in these segments with the Qashqai line-up, hoping to sell around 100,000 units a year. In the event, double that number reached global buyers and this turned out to be the most profitable vehicle in the company's history. With this replacement MK2 design, Nissan was disinclined to gamble again, so instead, this second generation Qashqai took the same qualities that made the original version such a winner in the Crossover class and refined them. It sold until the Spring of 2017 when a substantially upgraded version of this second generation model was introduced. Here though, our focus is on the 2014 to 2017-era models.

What You Get

When it came to the design of this second generation Qashqai, Nissan knew that it didn't need to re-invent a winning formula. So, in just the same way that a MK7 Volkswagen Golf of this era was merely a smarter evolution of its predecessor, so it is here, with a compact gym-toned shape that's 47mm longer than its predecessor but only fractionally wider. It sits a little lower too, which is surprising, for the higher-set driving position of the original MK1 version was something that women in particular said they especially liked about it. Fortunately, there's still enough high-set SUV-ness about this Nissan's appearance to satisfy most of them as part of the familiar sleek, poised stance. This MK2 model's extra length partly explains why Nissan decided not to offer a 7-seater variant as part of the second generation model line-up to replace the previous 7-seat 'Qashqai+2' model. The Japanese brand reckoned that most buyers who went for the first generation '+2' variant did so to get a larger boot rather than the extra seats, an additional luggage space requirement that this evolved Qashqai was better able to satisfy without the need for separate bodyshapes. For those who did still want seven seats, Nissan offered its pricier X-Trail SUV model. Those for whom five seats were quite sufficient took quickly to this MK2 Qashqai model though, liking the way that it was a more mature, assured-looking thing that was clearly well-engineered without having to adopt try-hard aesthetic flourishes to attract attention. The sporty looks went down well too, as did the faster, more elegant effect offered by the longer roof with its neat trailing rear spoiler, the lowered ride height and the way the bigger wheels smartly filled their arches. The design features real tension in the rear haunches, giving the effect of a car about to spring forward, while the rear features a sharp set of tail lights and a neat diffuser below the curvier bumper. Up-front, buyers were treated to a corporate Nissan V-shaped grille flowing back into a clamshell bonnet with impressively slim panel gaps, along with smart curves and swage lines. Under the skin, the sophisticated multi-link rear suspension that underpinned the original version of this car was ditched on 2WD models in favour of a simpler, lighter (and cheaper) torsion beam suspension set-up. Nissan insisted that the idea of this was to save weight, an approach that certainly worked. Thanks both to this and this model's hi-tech 'CMF' (or 'Common Module Family') platform, the second generation version of this car proved to be around 80kgs lighter than its predecessor. The cabin design was smarter, sharper and more up to date too. Nissan realised here that while customers were often seeking a touch of the Serengetti when it came to the exterior styling, tough, durable SUV-ness was less welcome to them once they got behind the wheel. So the workaday dash of the original Qashqai was jettisoned here in favour of a completely car-like interior that made much use of glossy plastic, metallic highlights and electronic toys, with all the most frequently used controls being just that little bit nicer to use than they were before. Plus it was soon clear that everything had been decently screwed together by the British Sunderland factory too. The overall result wasn't enough to give the prestige German brands any sleepless nights, but at the kind of prices being asked, that was an unreasonable expectation. The main instrument panel was a major element of this more expressive design. Visually, it was styled to expand the width of the cockpit and flows into the contoured door panels, creating a focus point at the centre for the all-important infotainment display screen and offering a cosseted feel that Nissan hoped would make passengers feel better protected. To emphasise that, the lower section of the dashboard features padded panels, along with additional pads on the centre console for the knees. The centre-dash TFT infotainment screen was provided in 5-inch form on base derivatives but on plusher models, it was delivered with the larger 7-inch screen of the NissanConnect navigation and communication system, cleverer and more informative in this MK2 model. As well as operating the usual audio, trip computer and Bluetooth 'phone functions, this set-up can tell you stuff like weather, traffic information and fuel prices plus, amongst other things, find you the most efficient route, score the green-friendliness of your driving or offer you Google 'Send-To-Car' technology so that you can plan your route on your PC before you go, then forward the instructions on to your Qashqai. Google's Point of Interest search system is also included, as well as access to things like weather forecasts, local fuel prices and flight information. Plus, if you're in a car whose original owner specified the 'Around View Monitor', this screen will display a 360-degree 'helicopter view' overhead image to simplify tight parking manoeuvres. That might be a little complicated to get your head around, but fortunately, the remainder of the cabin functions don't require an extended session with your nose buried in the vehicle handbook. The twin-dial instrument layout you view through the three-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel is simplicity itself, with much of what you need to know delivered by a clear, classy colour TFT display set between speedo and rev counter. Practicalities have also been carefully considered, with a large glovebox and plenty of cubbies for swallowing odds and ends, with extra storage space created by the addition of an electric handbrake switch that frees up the centre console for some decently-sized cup-holders which are extra-deep so that bottles don't get in the way of your arm when you're changing gear. There are lots of lovely detail touches like that. Another, for example, is the way the centre storage box between the seats has been designed to shut properly, even when there's a wire poking into it charging up your 'phone. Not quite so good is the way that, further down, the bonnet release and fuel filler cap releases are positioned right next to each other. Most importantly, this is certainly a very comfortable place to be, something due in no small measure to the beautifully shaped seats, developed using medical scanning techniques inspired by the NASA space programme said to optimise blood flow in the lower back. We can't be quite as enthusiastic about the chairs provided for rear seat folk. These feature a lack of under-thigh support suggesting a design for kids rather than adults. Still, elsewhere in the back, the news is mostly good. Though the seats still don't slide or recline, they do offer a lot more space for your legs - nearly as much, Nissan claimed, as was provided in the old extended 'Qashqai +2' model. This MK2 design got a bit more shoulder room too, though still not quite enough to make long distance carriage of three adults an especially comfortable experience. You might have some concerns about headroom given this car's low-ish roof height but actually, it's not too bad - though can be compromised if the model you're looking at is fitted with the optional large, panoramic glass roof. Though, as you'd expect, this gives the interior a light, airy feel, it does lower the ceiling height a little. And out back? One of the other weaknesses of the original Qashqai was the restricted size of its luggage bay. Raise the tailgate and you'll find a 430-litre cargo area 20-litres bigger than the MK1 model could manage. To put that into perspective, we're talking a bit more than you get from rivals like Skoda's Yeti or Mitsubishi's ASX. But notably less than is offered by competitors like first generation versions of the Peugeot's 3008 or Mazda's CX-5. Helping the general usability of the overall boot area is the really useful luggage board system you get providing you avoid a base-trimmed model. It's made up of two reversible floor panels that can be easily raised or lowered, providing 16 possible configurations, whether your need is to slide in a mountain bike over a flat floor or prevent the contents of your weekly shopping from spreading themselves around the boot. To deal with the latter issue, you'll want to slot the board into the kind of vertical position that creates an ideal space for carrying shopping bags. The boards themselves feature a wipe-clean surface on one side and soft carpet on the other, perfect for transporting muddy boots or dirty dogs. If you do need more room, pushing forward the split-folding rear bench frees up 1,585-litres of total fresh air, far more than the previous generation model could offer.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

While plenty of Qashqai owners in our survey were very happy with their cars, we also came across a surprisingly large number who'd had a whole catalogue of problems. Having reviewed these, we'll try and give you some pointers on things you might like to look out for when inspecting used examples. Early on in this MK2 design's life, Nissan issued a recall for the braking system; make sure that the car you're looking at had that done. 'Known' problems with this model relate to problems with the climate control system (it may need re-gassing) and poorly-fitted door seals. E came across a number of problems with warning lights on the dash appearing erroneously - principally a 'system fault warning' and the handbrake light. What else? Well one owner, rather distressingly, had the 1.2-litre engine of his car blow at just 7,500 miles. Another had a gearbox oil leak and still another experienced an oil leak from the timing cover in the engine which then contaminated the timing belt. One owner heard a rattle from beneath the bonnet, which turned out to be a loose airbox. One owner noticed a noise in the area of the driver's window which turned out to be down to a loose mechanism in the electric window. Another owner noticed a vibration from the engine compartment which turned out to be down to the air inlet fitting. We also came across owners who said that the autonomous emergency braking system didn't work properly in an accident situation. One buyer also had a problem with a faulty rear seatbelt catch and a seat adjustment catch that fell apart. There were also reports of sat navs freezing and fuse box covers popping out.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2013 Qashqai 1.5 dCi ex VAT) An air filter will be priced in the £6 to £13 bracket, an oil filter will sit in the £6 to £11 bracket, a timing belt will be in the £55 to £75 bracket and a water pump will be around £88 to £105. Brake pads are in the £12 to £26 bracket. Wiper blades cost in the £6 to £11 bracket each. A heated wing mirror glass will cost around £20-£22.

On the Road

If there's one thing the original MK1 Qashqai model is remembered for, it's the way that it revolutionised the dynamic responses that keen drivers could expect from a car of this kind. And in this respect, not much changed with this second generation version. In other words, if you want a Crossover model of this kind from this era, then this one remains the on-tarmac benchmark. Like all its like-minded rivals, this Nissan is aiming to offer everything people like about butch-looking SUVs in a more practical and affordable family hatch-shaped package. So you get the looks without any of the compromises you'll not want to make if you never go off road. So kerbs can be mounted, but you'll need to leave the Serengeti to Ranulph Fiennes, though at the top of the range, there is the option of 4WD for muddy carparks or snowy driveways. At the wheel, it feels like a normal family hatch in which you simply sit a bit higher. Nice - but trying to persuade a car that looks and feels like an SUV to drive like a car is no easy task. After all, conventional logic suggests that the taller you make a vehicle - and this one's about 14cm taller than a Golf or Focus-sized family hatch - the more it will roll. Still, Nissan's British Cranfield engineers clearly don't believe in conventional logic because this model manages to deliver its high stance and supple ride without taut, responsive handling becoming a casualty in the process. A truly class-leading hatch - say a Ford Focus - is still slightly better of course but it can't offer this car's wider range of attributes, which were further improved for this generation model with a number of really innovative features. Let's start with the ride quality we've just mentioned. We'd feared that this might be a causality of Nissan's cost-saving switch to a cheaper torsion beam suspension layout for this generation model, rather than the previous hi-tech multi-link rear end that in this MK2 range was limited to the pricey 4WD variant that only 5% of buyers chose. Fortunately, compensation comes in the form of a standard-fit chassis control system that uses clever double-piston dampers tuned to be as effective for high-speed highway driving as they are in soaking up bumps and potholes around town. Tarmac tears of this kind are also ironed away by a standard Active Ride control system that subtly dabs the brakes over bumps that might otherwise cause the body to pitch about. Does it work? In a word 'yes': We've not come across a better-riding Crossover from this era than this. Or a quieter one on the move. Is there a more refined affordable family car on the market than this from this era? Off the cuff, we're struggling to think of one. We certainly can't name you another Crossover that's as easy to drive fast as this Qashqai. Aiding you in this is another clever standard bit of software, the Active Trace Control system which works through the turns to counter both understeer and wheelspin by lightly micro-braking whichever front wheel is threatening to lose grip. As a result, the car's kept planted through the tightest corner and you're fired on from bend to bend. You'd perhaps be minded to attack such turns with a little more vigour if the steering was a touch more feelsome, but it is certainly an improvement over the old MK1 model, thanks to a dual-mode set-up that changes the weighting of the electrically-assisted rack when you switch from 'normal' to the 'Sport' setting. On to engines. In place of the thirsty old 1.6 and 2.0-litre powerplants foisted on the original version of this car, Nissan instead favoured MK2 model buyers with a couple of far more efficient DIG-T turbocharged units, a 150PS 1.6 and the variant that over 40% of customers chose, a 115PS 1.2. Yes, you heard right. Here, we've a two-tonne Crossover powered by an engine smaller in size than that of some citycars. And yet if you press the accelerator pedal, you'll feel generally reassured that were you asked, you'd be able to pull the skin off a rice pudding or punch your way out of a wet paper bag in this thing. Granted, it's not something you'd impress anybody with on the dragstrip at Santa Pod, but being able to get to 62mph in 11.3 seconds won't leave you worried about being caught napping in the cut and thrust of everyday motoring. If you are looking for a little more than that, then the alternative 150PS 1.6 DIG-T petrol unit ups your pulling power from 190 to 240Nm and offers rather more flexible day-to-day performance. Something you also get from the pair of dCi diesel units on offer, most customers likely to opt for the frugal 110PS 1.5-litre variant which makes 62mph in 12.4s on the way to 112mph. More pertinently for towers, this version's useful 260Nm of torque is able to boost the 1.2-litre petrol model's rather feeble 1,200kg braked trailer weight capacity to a more acceptable 1,350kgs. You'll do even better than that if you opt for the top diesel, the 130PS 1.6 dCi, which can tow a braked trailer of up to 1,800kgs in weight in manual form and, when not hitched up, can improve the 0-62mph sprint time to 10.5s and the top speed to 118mph. We should point out that you'll need to opt for this 1.6-litre dCi powerplant if you want your Qashqai fitted with either an automatic gearbox or four-wheel drive. That is an 'or' not an 'and' by the way: you can't have both, which seems a bit of a missed opportunity. The Xtronic auto transmission is one of those rubber belt-driven CVT set-ups that are often hard to drive smoothly, and raucously rev the engine when you've even the slightest need to push on. This one's far better than the norm though, more quick-witted than you'd expect, with steering wheel gearshift paddles and artificially created ratios into which the revs rise and fall as you power through the gearbox, just as you'd expect. That leaves only the ALL-MODE 4x4i all-wheel drive system, which is much the same as it was on the previous generation model. Depending on your preference, this can be set in front wheel drive, locked with drive split 50:50 to the front and rear or left in 'Auto' to shuttle torque backwards and forwards as required. It certainly doesn't make this car into any kind of off roader - there's no significant ground clearance for a start - but it'd be nice to have in a snowy snap.

Overall

Building a Crossover vehicle is easy. Building one as good as this Nissan is a whole lot tougher. And it's a vehicle whose remit shifted ever so subtly in second generation form. The Qashqai couldn't fight tomorrow's battles looking quite so SUV. It needed to tone down, become sleeker and, yes, be a bit more like a conventional hatchback in look and feel. That's exactly what happened with this second generation version, a car from a brand that clearly knows its market. What didn't change in the transition from the MK1 model to this second generation design was that this, the original family Crossover model, remained the very best, a fine option for buyers not wanting to be saddled with run-of-the-mill hatches or people carriers: people not wanting the clunkiness and cost common even to smaller SUVs. Of course, by 2014, the Qashqai found itself with a much tougher set of rivals to deal with, but Nissan's product development did just enough to keep this model a step ahead of most of the chasing pack. True, this car could certainly still be a tad sharper to drive, but its handling was much improved over the previous version and the ride and refinement are genuinely impressive, aided no-doubt by the hi-tech CMF chassis. Disappointments then are few - maybe the high-ish price of 4WD and the lack of a 7-seater option this time around. But then those are issues you'll also find with most directly comparable rivals. Cars that, by and large, struggle to match up to this one. The Qashqai then, remains a benchmark. And a starting point for anyone buying in this segment.

FLASH THE QASH (family) 17/09/2018

When is a 4x4 not a 4x4? When it's a Nissan Qashqai. June Neary reports on the improved version.

Will It Suit Me?

In the current environmentally-conscious climate, all of us - even those who really do need to struggle up half a mile of rutted track to reach their front doors - are being forced to think long and hard about the ethical implications of SUV ownership. Completely unjustified though much of the criticism heaped on the trusty off-road vehicle may be, it has still had an impact on public opinion and 4x4s, particularly larger ones driving in towns, are now routinely frowned upon by the populace at large. If only SUV fans could get the undoubted benefits of an offroad vehicle in a friendlier, less controversial package. That's the idea behind the current breed of so-called 'Crossover' models, family hatchbacks with SUV hormones and the option of AWD. The car that started the trend for models of this kind is the one we're looking at here, rejuvenated in MK2 guise and further improved in the updated form I thought I'd look at this week. Say hello to the latest version of Nissan's Qashqai. As ever, the Qashqai looks well-equipped to do a great PR job for the SUV. It has the chunky styling that people warm to, the high ride height that aids visibility while helping you tackle high kerbs or speed humps and you can get it with four-wheel-drive for added grip in slippery conditions. On the other hand, the Qashqai is light, economical and nimble. It's also similar in size to a conventional family hatch and most models come in front-wheel-drive form. Nissan certainly have an interesting proposition on their hands here.

Practicalities

The Qashqai in no way pretends to be a 4x4 that's capable of besting difficult off-road terrain. This is sensible because even the compact 4x4s that do make such claims tend to get stuck or damaged pretty quickly when put to the test and most owners would never dream of getting them seriously muddy anyway. Think of the Qashqai more as a high-riding family hatchback, a jacked-up Volkswagen Golf if you will, and you'll be on the right track. Most models come in two-wheel drive form only, with 4x4 mechanicals only offered on pricey variants at the top of the range. The interior yields plenty of headroom for a spacious feel and leg room for passengers in the back is unlikely to cause complaint - it certainly beats most family hatchbacks. With three adults across the rear bench, it is a little snug but smaller children won't have a problem fitting in and there's a big boot behind to take luggage or shopping. As part of this model's mid-term package of upgrades, it gets a smarter look featuring a completely revised front end, including the latest Nissan 'V-motion' grille. The headlamps have also been revised with a new version of the 'boomerang' Daytime Running Light signature. At the rear, the car's instantly recognisable 'boomerang' light motif is extended across the whole lamp, and now includes a contemporary 3D lens effect to enhance the signature shape. There are changes in the cabin too, where an improved layout, higher-quality materials and more advanced technology feature. The 'NissanConnect' infotainment system features a smarter user interface and also new is a D-shaped multi-function steering wheel with premium satin-chrome inserts. It features a new four-way controller for the combimeter display, for more intuitive use and less 'eyes off the road' time.

Behind the Wheel

High kerbs and rogue traffic calming measures are all taken in the Qashqai's stride thanks to its increased ride height and tough suspension. You also get a good view around the front end for parking and driving in areas where space is tight. Rear visibility isn't as good with the window line rising up at the back making for a smaller glass area and thick pillars down the sides of the tailgate. The Qashqai is really comfortable on the open road, with the suspension soaking up the bumps in a measured manner. When cornering, you'll experience more lean in the body than in hatchbacks that sit much lower to the road but at sensible speeds, the difference is pretty slight. The steering is quite hefty and this may not be to everyone's taste but it's also accurate and there's none of the twitchiness you can get at speed in cars with lighter set-ups. I tried the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 115PS and it had plenty of guts for getting the Qashqai up hills and smartly away from the lights. I suspect that those seeking a really sporty drive will feel a bit short changed by this engine and may want to upgrade to one of the diesels - there's a choice between a 1.5-litre dCi co-developed with Renault, good for 110PS, and benefiting from a recent revision of the engine's internals to improve refinement. Or the 130PS 1.6-litre dCi unit that is offered in either two or four-wheel drive guises. This engine is also sold with the Xtronic transmission, a stepped CVT gearbox. My 1.2 DIG-T variant sounded a little strained on occasion but when it returns over 50mpg on the combined cycle, you can't really complain. Besides, that kind of economy and the 129g/km emissions give you the perfect retorts when people see you in what appears to be a 4x4 and question your environmental credentials. My Qashqai pumped out less carbon than my old 1.4-litre Ford Focus and used less fuel than some citycars. Put that in your pipe and smoke it! On second thoughts, don't. You'll only contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Value For Money

At prices starting from around £19,000 for the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol model or £1,800 more for the small 1.5-litre dCi diesel, the Qashqai is competitive when compared to equivalent family Crossover models like Peugeot's 3008 or Kia's Sportage. And of course it compares very favourably to compact 4x4s like the Toyota RAV4 or the Honda CR-V on price: expect to save around £5,000.

Could I Live With One?

If you value those 4x4 looks and the advantages that the higher ride height affords in urban areas, the Qashqai makes a very good alternative to a run-of-the-mill hatchack. It's an original but very well-conceived product that isn't quite as tidy on the road as the best hatches but comes close and represents a much more individual choice. If you're considering a fully-fledged compact 4x4 but never plan on using its offroad capabilities, the Qashqai makes a very attractive compromise.

Nissan Qashqai average rating: 4.5/5 (22 reviews)

- 15/12/2018, owner of a Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi [115] Acenta Premium

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
Car is really good. the inside is spot on - love the screen - cannot fault it. There's no front camera, but no big deal. Great car.

- 29/12/2018, owner of a Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi [115] Acenta Premium

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
Enjoying the new car - a very easy drive. Impressed with the automatic full beam.

- 16/01/2018, owner of a Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Connecta [Glass Roof Pack] 5dr

User rating: 4.5/5

User comment:
Had our Qashqai for about six weeks and we like it a lot. We did have one little glitch with it after about two weeks which was with the keyless ignition - had to call out the RAC because it wouldn't start after we'd been shopping. The RAC mechanic said it was a rare thing and would probably not happen again, he just reset something. We have had no faults since. We do enjoy the car. It does really well on fuel consumption and has some great tech on board. Would have preferred a space saver wheel kit in the boot but it seems that a lot of manufacturers use the temporary repair kits these days and will only supply space saver kit at extra cost. Overall the car is great.

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