2017 Nissan Qashqai
The 2017 Nissan Qashqai, is currently 1 of the top 10 sold cars. With a good price and plenty of practicality, it's easy to see why it's so popular! Though is it all it is hyped up to be?
I had the pleasure of driving the 2017 Nissan Qashqai Tekna+ model. The version I was given to test drive, came as the automatic petrol version (not my first choice, as I have a preference for manual gearboxes). Please note, automatic gear in this car, is an extra you have to pay extra for. The car is packed full of technology and extras. As I tried out the top of the range model, in this version you get leather seats, a panoramic glass roof (pointless for me, as I am only ever looking forward and not up), GPS, Intelligent Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Assist, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Intelligent Rear View Mirror, Lane Departure Warning, and Intelligent Around View Monitor etc. For the full list, click here. Needless to say Nissan have put everything they could think of in this car. The question is: Is it worth it?
As I said before the car is packed with technology. This is clearly apparent when you're sat in the driver's seat and faced with a mass of buttons, dials and screens. Don't misunderstand this for being bad thing, in fact its nice to see everything has its place and is simple to use and read. After a little time, you can quickly get used to where everything is, what it does and what you need to use. It is all set nicely within reach and responsive.
All the seats and seating positions are nice with plenty of adjust ability. So whether sitting in the front or back, there's plenty of space for the children and adults to enjoy. Between the 2 front seats you get a storage box that doubles as an arm rest when closed. What I like about this box is that it's not just a random storage space, it hides a USB port, AUX socket and a 12v power socket. You can hide away your device in the box while its plugged into the car and charging. The 2 outer seats in the rear are with ISO fix. The ISO fix on this car is surrounded by a plastic case to make it easy to find and click on too (a nice feature, but the caps you will probably loose).
The windows are nice and big, allowing for great all round visibility, though my 1 gripe with this is that the bonnet is so large that you as a driver (and front passenger) cannot see where it ends. The bonnet has two lumps on it that you can really notice when driving, it looks good from the outside but when driving I found them to be an annoyance. So as a potential owner/driver to this car, this is something you should consider and test out. (As for my wife and I; up until now we've always driven each our vehicle, so there's never been a need for her to test drive the vehicle I might buy. This is also a way to keep your spouse away from your vehicle; just buy one he/she won't like to drive.)
In the center you have the entertainment system, it consists of a touch screen with physical quick menu buttons on the side of
the screen (I like the physical buttons). The entertainment system is easy to use and has a lot of functions, including GPS, radio and some apps programs (like on your smart phone). Below the main entertainment system you have the dual climate control, allowing you to control the temperature on either side separately. This is a very nice ability for front passengers, especially if you are like my wife and I. As my wife is normally cold and I am normally hot when driving. Then at the bottom you get a 12v charging socket and a little boxed space to put things like your phone.
As for door bins (the pocket areas on each door) they are sufficiently big to fit most things like a nice healthy bottle of water for those long trips. The glove box has enough space for the usual car manual and service book as well as space for other things you may wish to keep in there (I know my wife keeps hand cream, pens, pocket tissue etc. in there).
The boot is always a feature that all parents will consider, especially if you're thinking of using the car for some driving holidays. Now the boot on this car is sufficient, 430 ltrs with the rear seats up and 1598 ltrs with the rear seats down. That basically means you can fit 4 large suitcases in with the seats up and a fridge with the seats down.
The car drives well, in a straight line it sits on the road like a king on his throne. You sit nice and high up so you can see all the traffic ahead and over the bushes to your sides. The windows are nice and large so you have a good view, but that bonnet still annoys me, why didn't they make it flat? The suspension is very nice, it feels very comfortable and absorbs the bumps very well.
Nissan has put some very smart technology in the car, which controls the brakes when you're going around corners and over bumps, to make it turn tighter. Though that doesn't compensate for the poor cornering. When it comes to cornering, it's not as good as I would have hoped. It leans too much for my liking and makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable.
The version I drove was the automatic petrol version (115 bhp), it drove well and gear changes where smooth enough. If you are going to be stuck in a traffic jam all day then by all means go for the automatic. Otherwise the 1,6 manual diesel will be the better option, its fuel return is 25 km/l ( 70 mpg). Realistically you will be getting around 20 km/l (56 mpg) which is still pretty good.
There is plenty of power for overtaking and for cruising on the motorway, though if you try and race a Porsche, you will lose before you even start.
This is a very nice car, and being a Nissan you get that sense of reliability. It's big enough for the average family (2 adults and 2 children). It will sit on the motorway happily and run the school run without any problems. Though for the price and what you get I think there are other makes and models that should be seriously considered before setting yourself on this car. So to answer my own questions at the beginning of this review, I am very sad to conclude (sad, because I like Nissan); no, I don't think this car is all that it is hyped up to be, nor do I think it is worth getting the top of the range model with all the extras.
That said if you are going to buy this car, for the average person go for the 1,6 diesel manual and the N-connect. It will be sufficient for most people.
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