Product Type: Nissan cars
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Good allround and value for money
Member Name: scoi
Advantages: Price, reasonable off road abilty
Disadvantages: not the highest quality fittings inside
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.
Summary: A great value for money crossover