Product Type: Nissan cars
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Nissans 'cash cow'
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Advantages: Looks, features, relatively low car tax
Disadvantages: Metal part of key doesn't retract, safety sensors too sensitive
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.
Summary: 5 stars