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      21.04.2013 08:53
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      I absolutely adore cars and since having two children, I've struggled to find a car that I love to drive. Over the last few years we seem to have gone through more cars than hot dinners, there was the Golf, the Megane, then the C4, then the C5 and all in the space of a few short years. When my husband got a promotion around November time last year we decided that we were going to buy a car that we wanted rather than one we had chosen because it seemed a good deal. We had skirted around the idea of a 4x4 however going from a C5 (a saloon) we didn't want one that was overly large, so we began looking at Qashqai's. I like my cars to look beefy (hope you know what I mean!), and so we decided that the Qashqai DCI N-tec was the best option. With its rear tinted windows, its huge 19 " alloys and its overall sporty look it looks the part without costing the earth.

      The manual six speed car is smooth and comfortable to drive, with a top speed of 118mph it's not the fastest car on the road, or the fastest car I've driven but it's surprisingly quick given its size. As opposed to buying a 2.0 engine, the salesman actually recommended buying the 1.6 with 130 bhp, it is actually comparable to the 2.0 but offering better economy (31%) and 23% lower emissions, which makes the road tax the relatively cheap price of £170 for the year.

      Aside from adoring everything about this car, my favourite thing is the panoramic glass roof which mechanically slides back effortlessly and with complete grace at the touch of a button. I did rather stupidly ask the salesman if it opened too, to which he replied that if it did the glass roof would be dangling somewhere near the exhaust pipe, oh yeah! To get the best out of this nifty little extra, you really need to be sat in the back of the car as you don't get the full panoramic view in the front. Just last weekend we happened to drive passed Leeds Bradford Airport as a plane was landing and it was just about to touch down when it flew right over the car, luckily the glass roof was open and it was amazing to look up and see the plane literally right over our heads! We find this a godsend too when we are on long journeys as in an evening we can get the girls to look for shooting stars, and during the day they can look at the patterns in the clouds. It often makes them fall asleep which is quite cute! They glass is tinted so no worries about the glare from the sun. It does however, heat the car quickly in hot weather so surprisingly you may find yourself closing it on really hot days. We are having a problem with our air conditioning at the moment, and at a service this week the technician said that there was nothing wrong with it and that Qashqai's only cool to 6 degrees. I don't know what the average is, but I'm suspecting that from the way he said it, other cars reach cooler temperatures.

      Other features that just add to the car are several cup holders (in our last car, Citroen C5, we did not have 1, not 1, cup holder!) including two in the centre, one in each of the 4 doors and two in the fold down arm rest in the rear seats.

      My next favourite feature includes the 5 inch screen in the centre console above the radio. This turns into a touch screen sat nav and doubles up as a rear parking system with the camera hidden just above the number plate. When the sat nav isn't being used, it displays the song you are playing either through the radio or MP3. The USB connecter in the centre console is handy for when your phone is running low, it will actually charge it but play your songs at the same time, but the Bluetooth connecter kicks in automatically (after you've initially linked your phone when you first get the car) each time you get in the car and will instantly play your music. The handsfree phone kit has been a godsend and I often through my bag in the boot with my phone, will forget its there until my car starts singing a nokia style ring tone to me alerting me that someone is calling. A simple touch of an accept call button and you are talking handsfree. I wasn't certain as to how clear it would be for people to hear me, however when I have the girls in the back of the car with me, they regularly ask to ring Grandma and she can easily hear what they are saying despite them being in the back.

      The electronic folding door mirrors give it that extra touch of simplistic luxury, and the alert system quickly alerts you to doors not shut properly and / or passengers not wearing seatbelts. My one and only niggle I have with this car is the alert system is almost too sensitive. I regularly throw my handbag on the passenger seat as it's a light colour and I don't want it on the floor, but the alert system often thinks someone is sat on the seat without wearing a belt. I only have a small handbag and literally carry my purse and a hairbrush in it so it can't weigh very much at all! This forces me to put my bag in the boot but this has been annoying when I've needed my purse at the car wash or recently when I drove through the Starbucks / Krispy Kreme drive through and had to get out to get my bag : /

      Safety features to expect include anti-lock brakes and electronic stability, and rear door child locks.

      I said I only had one niggle about this car but I've just realised one tiny other one... The key for the car does not retract in or out (something which our last one did), so the serrated metal part of the key sticks out. Watch the lining of your bag ladies, and your pockets men!

      Our first (but the cars second) service was only this week and was the eye watering £310. The service was carried out a Nissan dealership and they suggested I take out a service plan to avoid having to fork out the even more expensive 3rd service next year. For £27 a month our next two services and its first MOT due next year will be covered. We should have considered this option when we first bought the car. The service didn't pick up any faults with the car and all I noticed was that the handbrake was much much tighter (almost too tight for my skinny little arms!).

      We purchased our car in November last year. An '11 plate with 7,000 miles on the clock set us back £14,500, with the new list price being a fairly big jump up to £23,000. We went to the Nissan garage with the intention of buying new, but surprisingly it was the salesman who talked us out of it, saying we would be mad to spend £8.5k more for the sake of 18 months and 7,000 miles. I'm so glad we listened to him now, although it would have been interesting to see what deals they could have done for us on PPI. For larger families, the Qashqai +2 (a 7 seater), isn't drastically much more.

      For the purpose of this review (I'm so good to you!), I let the tank run to fumes so I could find out how much it costs to fill the Diesel engine. It cost me £78 yesterday and as I mentioned this was practically running on fumes. I think yesterdays fuel price was around £1.35. Around time I get around 38-41 mpg and on long distance motorway journeys this can jump to between 40-46. Nissan claims average fuel efficiency of 57.6 mpg -- 68.9 mpg when cruising and 44.8 mpg around town, but I haven't ever had fuel efficiency readings like this (perhaps this may have something to do with my lead foot?!).

      Voted the ninth best-selling car in the UK in 2010, there have been over a million sales since it went on sale in 2007.

      Road tax: £170 for the year.

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        23.08.2012 20:02

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        Superb

        What can I say? It's a fantastic car both internally and externally.
        Let's start on the outside. I know it's only my opinion but I thinks it's stylish, elegant and sleek. I got it in black because I personally believe it's the best choice of colour for this car. Add to it the tinted windows and you have a real head-turner. The alloys are amazing and compliment the whole appearance.
        Internally is even more impressive. The dash is well laid out in a thoughtful manner. Many of the features for the radio, cruise control, telephone etc. are built into the steering wheel to aid safety whilst driving.
        Petrol consumption isn't too bad either returning in the region of 40 - 45mph. It's just as suited to a short journey as to a long one. Whenever I have had a long motorway journey (I live Cheshire but have relatives in the Essex region) I have never felt aches or pains upon my arrival.
        Passengers, both front and rear, have ample leg room. The luggage space is more than enough to pack suitcases for the whole family.
        My only criticism is that it doesn't have Bluetooth as standard but that's just a minor issue that I can live with. Would I recommend it to others? Certainly.

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        19.06.2012 15:57

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        Great car

        The Nissan Qashqai is truely sublime. I have owned it for about three years and for the duration of owning it, i have never had any problems that make you go "what a bad car".

        With the Qashqai, it is commonly referred to as a 4x4 but is actually a crossover. It delievers an extrememly smooth, comfortable drive to both driver and passenger. Its bodywork is very attractive on the oustide making the car look very modern. When you get inside, you get much of the same. The interior is very well designed, giving of a modern look again. Its extremely spacious and can easily fit five people in with no problems. The boot of the car is also spaceous meaning when going shopping, there are no problems with loading it. One of the main elements that is extremely suprising is that you would think the car is noisy but it is actually the opposite. It is nearly silent, one of the quitest cars i have ever driven or been in.

        If you are looking to buy a Nissan Qashqai, you should really in my opinion get one as it is well worth the price. It is efficient on petrol etc. The ideal car really.

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        01.11.2011 18:11
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        Would recommend this car for anyone looking for a car with space, comfort and good fuel economy

        We chose the Qashqai as we wanted something big enough to carry our camping gear without needing a roof box or trailer. The Qashqai came up as an option on the work lease car scheme and we decided to go for it.

        The model we chose is the n-tec 1.5 dCi which is a diesel 2 wheel drive model which has a six-speed gearbox. The official figures for fuel economy are 47mpg in town and 58mpg on the motorway and I have no reason to doubt the accuracy of these figures. My Qashqai does the vast majority of its miles on the motorway and given the high number of miles I drive each week and the current cost of fuel, I have strated driving everywhere at 60mph. The difference in fuel economy between this and say 75mph is amazing and I will never go back to driving faster. We are now getting approximately 60mpg from the Qashqai which is more than I used to get from a diesel mini!

        Inside this model are a few pretty neat features, the first you notice is the ceiling which slides back (at the touch of a button) to reveal a huge glass roof. This give the car so much light and is great to look up out of if you are not driving. We have never slid the inner ceiling back across, preferring the feeling of light and space we get from the glass roof.

        Other features of the n-tec include 18in alloys, dark rear glass, climate control, cruise control which is great for fuel economy as well as taking away the risk of being caught speeding. It also has a trip computer which allows you to monitor your fuel consumption constantly, and the Nissan Connect system as standard. Nissan Connect includes the CD player, FM/AM radio, a USB port and a mini-jack socket, as well as built-in sat-nav with touch-screen, traffic info and Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming.

        It comfortably seats five people with plenty of head and leg room in both the front and back and still has room in the boot for the camping gear, though we usually fold the back seats down if there are only two of us. This creates a huge amount of boot space.

        I personally cannot fault this car; it is by far the best I've ever owned in terms of styling, features, fuel economy and comfort. If there were one additional feature I could do with, it would be a second 12V connector, I am sure I have seen cars with a second one in the boot which would mean I could plug the cool box in without the wire trailing across the handbrake and gear lever - but this is really very minor.

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          08.08.2011 11:30
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          Promises much more than it can ever deliver.

          Problems first started to emerge with this car when filling the car up with camping kit, the rear seats could have done with a split in the middle where the arm rest was so that we could put the longer items through it (windbreaks). The boot its self is also very shallow and quite high off the ground meaning it was harder to get heavy items in and didn't actually hold much of our equipment. Having moved our gear from an old ford focus 3 door we found that the Quashqai didn't have any more room despite looking like a bigger car. Boot space is further limited by the sloping design of the rear window and boot door, giving a nice look to the rear of the car but reducing practicality.

          The interior of the car is nice with and stylish even if it is a bit plastic mad around the radio and dash. The inbuilt navigation and radio were functional and easy to use as were the other controls apart from the key that needed a push button as well as a normal 'take the key out' system which is was over complicated and annoying! It also seemed to like beeping a lot and even though this was a relatively new car the boot latch has already broken meaning you had to poke the greasy bit with clean fingers. Another strange thing was the lack of inside for outside; it looked like a big car but inside much of it seemed to be padding. The driver seat wasn't any good for anyone over six feet tall and didn't allow for much adjustment, even at 5 ft 6 I felt cramped in the cockpit.

          Over all I was not impressed with this car, on arriving at the campsite we discovered that it wasn't really all that good at driving across a slightly wet and bumpy camping field either, in fact we had a Kia Picanto that could handle the terrain better. So to sum it up it's a small 4 by 4 that can't go off road very well and can't carry you camping gear. It does drive on the road alright and if that's what you want just get a normal car, for the money I would prefer an estate of some description because it would carry the kit, drive well and fill in the gaps in between. Sorry Nissan you only get one chance at making a first impression and this is not a good one.

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            22.07.2011 10:19
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            A great value for money crossover

            Looking to upgrade a saloon and decided to go for a crossover as I spend many weekends in the mountains and I need to drive through lanes to get out of my town. Having researched the various manufacturer's offerings I decided to go for the Qashqai as the top of the line Tekna edition was the same price as the mid range Tiguan or bottom of the range X1.

            Opting for the 4 wheel drive the engine choices are limited to the high capacity diesel and petrol which is fine for me as I often have a full boot and passengers and the diesel engine doesn't show any signs of weakness on all road types. For those using it as a town car the larger engine means lower MPG so there isn't the option of an high efficient model with the 4 wheel drive to fall back on in snow. I'm currently getting about 44MPG with the majority of the miles above 50mph. It's quoted by Nissan as 47MPG combined, so slightly disappointed as it's unlikely I'll hit that.

            The 6 speed gearbox has nicely set-up ratio's and you're never left wanting but it does take a bit of getting used to after years of driving with a traditional 5 speed.

            The driving comfort is surprisingly good for such a tall car, the body roll is less than I'd have expected and very little engine vibration or noise coming inside. The suspension is set up more for the town driver than the off roader which seems the best decision for the majority.

            As an off roader it has performed to the level you'd expect from a car like this. Its first test was heading up a track which criss-crossed with tributaries up the side of Snowdon in the rain which it took in its stride. I wouldn't want to take this on a proper off road adventure, this car isn't design for such trips and lacks the low range gear box, but it's definitely rugged enough to tackle the worst of back country tracks in all weather conditions. The handbrake is a bit loose in my opinion, I couldn't leave it parked on a hill out of gear but the garage said when they took it out it was fine (not many mountains in Slough), even on small inclines the handbrake needs to be cranked on to keep you from rolling.

            I really like the look of the car, the facelift version gives it a more up to date look than the original models which I feel are starting to look a little bland. It hits the balance between off roader and town car perfectly.
            Inside it's very comfortable to drive. The seats and nicely supportive as well as comfortable. The driving position is great being that bit higher than most road users and really helps when you need to see all around the car. All the necessary functions are within easy reach of the driver. The front pillars are quite big blocking out a significant portion of the field of view so care needs to be taken to check this 'blind spot'. The back window is relatively small so the view from the rear view mirror is limited, however the oversized wing mirrors make up for this somewhat. The large sunroof is a great addition, having it open lets a lot of light in which keep me more alert on those long drives and it is tinted so direct sunlight doesn't cause glare. The dash isn't the nicest of designs feeling a bit cheap and plastic and it lacks storage around the driver. One small pocket is present in front of the gear stick but that's too small for phones or wallets.

            A mistake a lot of my passengers have made is assuming it would be bigger inside. Due to the height of the vehicle a lot have thought it would be the size of a saloon. Spaces for passengers and in the boot are comparable to a large hatchback like the focus or Golf plus, however opting for the tyre inflation kit rather than the spare wheel frees up extra storage space. It's no struggle to have 4 adults in the car and 5 would be fine for shorter trips.

            The 'toys' are the reason I opted for Nissans offering over the competitors. I don't like using the cruise control but its there for those that do. The speed limiter is a great addition, no more checking your speed every few seconds in fear of getting a fine and the accelerator pedal has an override should you put your foot down. The rear view parking camera is great for getting in the tight spots but it does lack a front camera or audible sensor.

            The Bose stereo is one of the best systems I've heard as a standard issue unit, it's perfectly clear in all areas of the car. The centre arm rest contains a connection for an MP3 player so it's never on show and the stereo displays the folder set up and controls the player so you never need to take it out when changing songs. The Navigation system is ok but not the best I've used, it changes its route depending on traffic reports which is a great idea but can get a bit confused at times when it gets conflicting reports, it's also not angled towards the driver which would have been a nice thought. Bluetooth connect mobiles to the car and whilst listening is great through the speakers the drivers voice does get drowned out by road noise at high speeds. Keyless entry is also a nice addition, no more hunting at the bottom of the bag for the keys.

            If you're looking for a mid size car with some of the benefits of an off roader you can't go far wrong. It's not hard to see why a lot of manufacturers offerings look bizarrely similar. It's not going to be of the quality or luxury of the German models but its also not going to be in their price range.

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              09.06.2011 22:03

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              Great car that i would recommend. comfortable and smooth drive.

              Ours is the Nissan Qashkai plus two model, which comfortably sits seven people on a regular basis. The back seats do go flat to provide a large boot however if all seven seats are up the boot space is minimal, I have a tiny umberella stroller and this just goes in the boot with the seats up so it would not hold a larger pushchair with the seats up. The space within the car is very comfortable with plenty of leg room and our two older children 14 and 9 sit in the back to seats without any complaints (and the teenager would certainly complain if he was in the slightest bit uncomfortable).
              Ours is the visia 1600 and is a little slow off the blocks but that is to be expected with a big car that has a smaller engine.
              The car drives very well it is incredibly easy to manouever, i have to give a mention to the steering which is the best i have ever driven. I have not really found any faults with the car the only small thing I have found is when our windscreen got cracked by a stone the replacement glass company found it difficult to get the rubbers back around the windscreen properly and took two hours to fit the windscreen.
              But i would defintately recommend the car especially as a seven seater.

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              01.02.2011 21:34
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              A reasonable priced family car

              This review is based on the space of the car, I am not great about the way a car runs but I wanted to review the daily usage of our car.

              We decided to upgrade our car, we went for the '10 plate, Accenta 1.6, 16v manual 2wd, we opted for this with it having the colour coding and spot lights in the front, just pure visual extras but just something we wanted in a new car.

              We looked at the 7 seater as we had the Toyota verso so we were looking for something about the same size, unfortunately we felt the size in the back was far too small and our 2 teenage daughters struggled to get in the back and could not justify the extra for these seats.

              Space in the back seat is not the biggest, our 3 children can just get in with only one of them needing a booster seat, the boot size has a generous space, good for family use, I can fit my phil and ted buggy in plus shopping no problem.

              One of the downsides of this car is the fact the back seat does not fold completely flat so you can not use the space as well as you could do if the seats had moved.

              Space in the front is good, although it is very plastic it is a comfortable can and has plenty storage in the front, the blue tooth comes in handy for your phone and can connect you mp3 player no problem.

              On a whole a nice family sized car, but not much good if you need to use a couple car seats in the back

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                21.09.2010 12:08
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                Nissan Qashqai 1600 excellant value for money

                What a car! Having owned the Nissan Qashquai Visia from new, I think that it is one of the best cars I have driven.The engine size is a 1600 litre, but the performance is excellant and more like an 1800.Economical as far as petrol is concerned and is a sporty looking vehicle.To drive around town or in fact on longer journeys is no problem.
                Space wise the interior is generous and comfortable ,the seats are movable and this is a good asset when transporting larger items of shopping. It looks like a 4x4 but infact the road tax shows that it is not applicable. The drive is very smooth and it holds the road well. The advert on television certainly is accurate , in that parking and manoeuvre are both easily done. I would reccomend this car to any age group,it is smart and practical and doesnt cost alot to run. Buy one !

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                  The Nissan Qashqai simply has to be the very best car on the market!

                  Trust me, I could go on and on about the multiple reasons why this car is the most amazing car on the market at the moment, but I shall try to keep it brief and simple, as facts are more important than feelings when it comes to cars, all though with a car looking like the picture above, how can you not help but fall madly in love with it?

                  I am perfectly aware of the fact that the design of a car shouldn`t be reason enough for buying, and trust me, that isn`t why I bought the car... However, one has to admit that the design and look of this Qashqai model from Nissan is extremely impressive, the futuristic and modern presentation and shape of the car something I can guarantee you will harvest loads of compliments and stares of envy! Now, the design of the car has also a lot to do with the highly important factor of safety, and this crossover car focuses highly upon offering the best level of safety to you and your family, from the seating adjustments to airbag protection, the car having six airbags alltogether. The adjustment of the driver seat can be done to perfection, so that you will receive the most amazing experience when driving the car, having the perfect view and control over the car itself and the road, and all though this is difficult to imagine when not having yet driven a Qashqai, the driving experience offered by this car is totally amazing; smooth, flowing and very natural, you end up feeling like you`re taking part in some science fiction movie, as the car itself looks superb and is very comfortable to manuever!

                  For those finding it important that the audio system is of high quality, I can inform that listening to the radio and cd`s in this car is a joy! There`s also an input for your mp3-player, so you can listen to all of your tunes while driving, adding to the amazing experience of driving this car! With either four or six speakers, depending upon which model you chose to purchase, the sound quality is very good and well balanced, and the most brilliant and impressive thing, when your car is slowing down, the volume of the music turns down as well... I mean, that is brilliant! You can control all audio features by using the wheel, which is very practical and let`s face it, also more safe!

                  The Nissan Qashqai comes in two models, and you can chose whether petrol or diesel suits you best, the same goes for 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive, mine being 4 wheel drive and offering me a very safe and controlled driving experience, including in weather of ice and snow. The design of the car opens up for it being aero dynamic, and I do believe we will see designs similar to this design also from the competing brands, as this certainly is a car for the future, both in style, design and way of production and equipment! I have come to find this car absolutely brilliant in all ways possible, from the driving itself to the design, everything is done with the utmost perfection! I love my Qashqai!

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                    The first crossover car still reigns supreme

                    You may have seen these curious beasts crouching like a panther as they make their way across the roads of Britain and admired them. Or you may have looked on in dismay and wondered what on earth all the hype is about, until you drive one that is!

                    To doubters, if you haven't driven a Qashqai you should and if you are thinking of buying a new mid sized family car then you could do far worse than this handsome beast.

                    Qashqai is named after a nomadic turkish tribe, a tribe who are hard to define yet stand out as a nomadic people. The Qashai is an urban nomad roaming our city streets and coping with whatever driving conditions are thrown at it.

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                    The Qashqai was the worlds first urban crossover car, a fusion of the older bulkier and ungainly chelsea tractor or 4 x 4 and the family friendly mid sized hatchback. The resulting iconic design has caused a complete change in how the world sees modern day motoring requirements and laughs in the face of the competition.


                    In terms of road space, the car is 4.10m long and offers good sized internal cabin space along with a well proportioned 410 litre boot space. Its a wide car and if you imagine a Ford Focus, then add an extra foot or so without wing mirrors you are heading in the right direction.

                    With the over sized wing mirrors on, the car does take up a hefty width of the road and this does need to be considered when driving down narrow roads and country lanes if you want those mirrors left intact. But some models have handy electric folding mirrors which can be used in narrow clearance situations.

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                    The seating position is high and the drivers side has an adjustable seat height position to allow for taller or shorter drivers. The steering column is height and rake adjustable and so you have the best chance of getting a driving position that suits your style. The front seats are very comfy with supporting panels at the side to hold you in a nice seating position and lumber support on all but the base model of the car as standard.

                    The rear seat bench is comfortable and can seat up to 3 adults, with decent leg room and just enough ceiling height although the back does slope a little to allow for the Qashqai sleek exterior design. Once driving you will feel like you are on top of the world, as you get such a nice high drive position which really gives you a feeling of safety when in the cabin.

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                    Standard kit includes a cd/ radio sound system, with an input for your mp3 player in the mid section console, that also doubles as a storage facility for your cds and a handy arm rest for you to enjoy when the top is down. The addition of this means that you tend to feel like you are driving about in a combination of a comfy lounge and a first class air cabin.

                    The car has a minimum of 4 speakers and some models come with 6. The sounds that pump out from those speakers make your Qashqai seem like a mobile disco or a rock gig on wheels! Some models even have a very flash Bose music system in them.

                    You can set the style of sound to be either live, enhanced or acoustic and this really is helpful as you can flick between different settings for different music types. When you slow down in traffic your music sound level decreases on its own, so that you are not bombarded with sounds when you are stuck at lights or in heavy traffic.


                    If you want to control your sounds all you need to do is use the steering wheel controls that are built into the wheel and come as standard issue, you can change tracks, increase or decrease sound levels all from the wheel. There is a blue tooth system fitted to the car as standard too and this is very good indeed.

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                    Its really easy to pair up your mobile phone with the parrot bluetooth system and once done your car will automatically check for your phone when you start the car. You can upload your contacts and then dial straight from the system using the steering wheel controls.

                    To answer an incoming call when the built in ringer alerts you is easy too. Your music will go off and you can speak hands free easily, once finished with your call a flick of the steering wheel control will start your music back up. This is a really great way to answer and make calls in the car, much safer and easier than the hands free headsets and kits you can buy.


                    Standard features include large sized 4 x 4 style tyres and alloy wheels, unless you buy the most recent eco model which has steel wheels. A spare tyre is included on all Qashqai models except those with the Bose sound system as this is placed in the space where the spare would go. You do get a can of spray sealant in place of the spare.

                    Higher end models have a full length glass roof with sunblinds that are powered to cover it on a sunny day and built in sat nav. If choosing the models that have the glass roof you will lose out on a certain amount of head room. The cars all have ESP / electronic stability programme fitted as standard and there are 4 disc brakes which give really good braking power and accuracy. The car brakes smoothly and effortlessly without juddering or sharpness.

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                    The Qashqai comes in two variants and is available with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, it can be 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive. The diesel varieties know all have the dreaded DPF fitted as standard.

                    The Qashqai+2 has an extra 20cms of space which can be used to seat a further 2 passengers, making it a possible 7 seat car. Whilst this is handy for some, the over all look of the exterior of the car is not enhanced by the extra length. The extra seats are folded down in the boot area, but can easily be accessed and set up if needed.

                    The standard Qashqai seats up to 5 passengers and is only 20cms shorter and that extra space is only taken from the boot so space on the rear seats is not compromised at all.

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                    The car has a total of 6 airbags including, front driver and passenger airbags, side seat airbags and side curtain airbags. It has inter active front headrests which can move forwards in a serious incident to help minimize the risk of whiplash and neck injuries. There are a series of sensors fitted to the seats which monitor the seat belts and anyone not belted up will show on the dash board as a light up warning.

                    The dashboard is great, it lights up in a really funky orange and bright white combo and when driving at night its just so cool and easy on the eye. The main dials are all in a bright but not tiring on the eyes white light. The cd and sound system controls are also lit in the incredible orange glow and look amazing.

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                    On the open road the car is a dream to drive. Both the 1.6 and 2.0 petrol engines have lots to give. The 2.0 engine with its 6 speed gearbox does have a greater pulling power to it and glides easily along the road at much lower revs than the 1.6. The 1.5dci engine has proven very popular and give great mpg.

                    The 1.6 is punchy enough to take the strains of powering a big car like the Qashqai and whilst it revs a little higher it copes really well on the open road and is a joy to drive. Fuel economy for the 1.6 is good for a car that size at around 37 to 38 mpg for combined driving and the car can reach 42mpg when on the open road.

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                    Qashqai has the highest ever Euro Ncap crash test rating for passenger safety, a full 5 stars was awarded and the car only lost 0.4 points in the series of tests. This makes the car an ideal choice as a family car as safety is always paramount to any parent and its nice to know that the safety measures included on the Qashqai are there for you.

                    A recent facelift has made the sleek menacing Qashqai bonnet look even cooler and more areo dynamic than before and the car is a real beauty to look at. When driving the car you cannot fail to notice the admiring glances it gets, as its a real head turner.

                    Once in the Qashqai you can easily see why it has been the front runner in the cross over market and quite rightly so. The look of the car can be further enhanced with dealer fit styling accessories which give the car an even more imposing road presence.

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                    The young pretenders to its crown may be snapping at its heels but they fall far short of the kit that is standard on Qashqai. They have been primped and prepped to within an inch of their alloy wheels, yet still fall short!

                    The Peugeot 3008 is an ugly beast from the outside, although interior cabin space is nice and very well finished, the exterior really lets the car down. Its too bulky and ungainly and the front grill is a real style turn off!


                    The Ford Kuga with its quirky double opening, but smaller 360 litre boot and patented Ford front heating windscreen, comes with less standard kit and will set you back many thousands more to buy. Its good but its not as good!

                    The Hyundai version is a good looking second choice for some that still cannot compete with the Qashqais obvious edge. Volvo, Audi and others have all had a stab at the urban crossover car genre and there are even plans afoot for Range Rover, who have jumped on to the cross over bandwagon and are bringing out their own urban crossover very soon. I bet it won't be cheap either!

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                    All these cars pale into the back ground when compared with the gleaming spec , competitive pricing and incredible safety rating of the Qashqai.

                    The new facelift model is highly sought after and waiting times for new cars are long. Nissan have been on a 24 hour 3 shift pattern to cope with demand. But if you can stand the wait, once you get behind the wheel of this beauty it will all be worth it.

                    Love it or hate it, the Qashqai has taken the motoring world by storm and its here to stay. If you are thinking of getting a new car then its well worth taking a look at the Qashqai as it has lots to offer.

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                      08.06.2010 09:33
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                      very useful, modern styling, a break from the norm in family cars

                      We have owned our Qashqai for coming up a year and we have been very happy with it. We needed it having started a family and it has really met our needs. We wanted something a little different to the normal focus/astra type cars and the Qashqai really fitted the bill. It has great kit for the price and a great panoramic sunroof meaning the little one has lots to look at as we drive along. The sound system in the acenta model is great and the steering mounted audio/volume controls are really handy. Its not the fastest or most nimble but that is partly due to its 4x4 style design and that the suspension set up is really made for comfort. Having done a number of longer journeys it really is a very comfortable and easy to drive car. £60 of petrol gets me between 400-500 miles at about 39.5 mpg (according the onboard computer).

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                        08.02.2010 23:11
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                        Nissan Qashqai Accenture luxury drive

                        What can I say I absolutely love my Nissan Quashqai we have the Accenture model and is a fantastic crossover. The panoramic sunroof is a really good feature it really opens up the car. It is nice to be high up off the road when I get into a normal car now you feel so low down. It is not to bulky even though there is loads of space inside the car it is easy to park especially with the parking sensors. When sitting in the driving seat you feel as if you are in an aeroplane cockpit. It is a comfortable space in the back for 3 adults and the armrest in the middle of the back seat is a good feature when you have 2 passengers in the back. There is masses of boot space. I would say it has been the easiest car to drive I have ever had. You do feel superior to other drivers as it is a very attractive car and people always assume it is a full 4 x 4. I am so impressed by this car I can safely say that I would not go for any other model of car again.

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                          05.02.2010 16:20
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                          I highly recommend it

                          Me and my partner own a Nissan Qashqai since Oct 2009 and we are quite pleased with it though I must say my partner likes it more than me. I normally like small cars and not very keen with 4x4 type cars but this model of Nissan is quite pleasing even to me. Our model has leather seats and in winter months you can have heated bottoms which is a plus!!! The steering is great very light, we have travelled from London to Cornwall with our Nissan and it was a very pleasent journey, no hick ups at all. I must say this model has become very popular in North London area, I am not sure about the rest of the areas in UK. Though they don't advertise this model much, people are still very keen to buy it. I recommend this car to anyone, not sure whether it will make a good car for people with kids, better read some reviews first!

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                            21.08.2009 21:12
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                            A great buy for those who like an elevated driving position

                            My husband and I are currently deciding which car to buy to replace his beloved Mini Cooper as we are planning to start a family soon and need a car which is better suited to a family's needs. We have test-driven numerous cars and I have a lot to say about all of them. I will be focussing mainly on telling you about the features and specifications that I am looking for in a family car i.e. space, comfort and the little added luxuries which make life a bit easier.

                            This review is about the attractive Nissan Qashqai. Both my husband and I found this small SUV to be very comfortable to drive, and an added bonus is that you have the option of buying a 2WD instead of the usual 4WD. As we are living in London it makes sense to buy a 2WD as its fuel consumption is better and it is better for the environment.

                            The Qashqai has 2 features which make it stand out above its competitors 1) the HUGE panoramic sunroof 2) it has the most comfortable seats of any of the cars that we have test-driven. The Qashqai has a good balance between absorbing all the bumps in the road and having a firm car-like feel. It also has a lovely dashboard with dials and buttons that have a solid feel about them. Consider buying the Qashqai + 2 if you should you feel that you need more luggage capacity, or need the option of 2 extra seats.

                            What I like about all the models:
                            * Flat loading bay for boot (easy to get a push chair in and out!) with luggage capacity of 410 Litres.
                            * Plenty of legroom in the rear.
                            * High driving position.
                            * Solidly built with good quality materials.
                            * Plenty of airbags for driver and passengers
                            * Big mirrors with good visibility all round
                            * Additional under-floor storage.

                            The model I chose is the manual Qashqai 2.0 dCi n-tech 2WD with the following additional features:
                            * Nissan Connect Satellite Navigation and audio system
                            * Reversing camera
                            * Dual zone climate control
                            * Bluetooth connectivity
                            * Fuel consumption is 42.8 MPG combined, carbon emissions 174

                            I only have 1 negative feature to mention and this regards the Sat Nav system. It works well as a Sat Nav, but the traffic updates are displayed as text (which you need to hunt around for) and will not automatically reroute you around traffic jams.

                            I can highly recommend the Qashqai as it is 1 of the top 2 choices on our car list. Its price is also very reasonable compared to its competitors and the on-the-road price for the Qashqai 2.0 dCi n-tech 2WD is £20 700.

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