THE QASHQAI is not about huge performance numbers.
It is about big sales numbers, though, with millions of units sold since it was launched.
This probably explains why the 0-100kmh and top speed details are missing from the sales brochure.
What it certainly is about is its ability to fetch and ferry in comfort, and with the occupants clearly central to the equation.
Nissan’s cash-cow model has continued along the road to green pastures with the latest upgrade of the crossover model.
Endowed with more curves the metal has been worked to highlight its presence. The result is a distinctive crossover that is pleasing to the eye, as it is comfortable and welcoming.
Brimming with intelligence, the Qashqai is equipped with a heavy dose of driver aids. From around view monitors to see where you’re headed, to parking display sensors, blind spot warning and alarms that will warn you of traffic on your tail, the Qashqai wants to ensure its occupants are being looked after all the time.
It can be a bit much at times, with information overload evident in the centre display — almost to the point of being distracting, especially when using satellite navigation. Sometimes keeping things simple would be helpful if safety is one of your targets, and you want to keep eyes on the road.
The new woven Nappa leather seats give the cabin a more luxurious feel. And there’s a version in plum seats that costs an extra grand. It softens the all-black interior, but does fight with the new vivid blue paintwork of the test drive unit.
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Anyone expecting an exhilarating drive from the Qashqai would best look elsewhere. This is a people carrier that is practical, filled with little touches that connect with the occupants. It’s not about getting there in a rush.
The two-litre aluminium engine gasps for breath when pushed, and is much more comfortable for sedate runs. It would be interesting to see how the 1.2-litre turbocharged engine performs.
A soft, spongy ride absorbs any unwelcome intrusions, letting the passengers toenjoy the music from the sound system, or remain absorbed in whatever devices they may have their noses glued to.
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NISSAN QASHQAI 2.0L (PLUM UPHOLSTERY) PREMIUM TECH SPECS
Engine: DOHC, 16 valve
Capacity: 1,997 cc
Max Power: 106kW@6,000rpm
Max Torque: 200Nm@4,400rpm
0-100kmh: 10.1 seconds
Top Speed: 184kmh
Retail price: *$130,300
Please reconfirm price with dealer.