Review Nissan Qashqai
It’s no secret that there has been a softening of late SUVs, with our incomplete 4WDs now being designed less for the freedom of rugged, outback adventures, and more. more to choose adventure carpets from Freedom.
This is the category of compact SUV that really dispels the notion of these cars as warriors go anywhere. Unless ‘go anywhere’, they mean ‘go anywhere suitable for a front-wheel-drive hatchback, only slightly higher’.
But all of that is clearly less important for many car buyers, with full-size SUVs pouring out of dealers in incredible numbers. Nissan Qashqai is one such example, mixing the height and appearance of an SUV with the road characteristics of a hatch or a small car.
So for my weekend test, I’m driving the Qashqai N-TEC 2018. Priced at $ 36,490, the N-TEC at the top of the Qashqai range also includes the ST ($ 26,490) and ST-L. ($ 32,990).
This 2018 Qashqai has undergone a mid-life update designed to help it keep up with formidable small SUVs (Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, etc.). Although the exterior has been given a number of small buttons and buttons, it’s located under the skin where important updates have taken place. But more on this later.
The question now is, how will Qashqai N-TEC handle family tasks?
We had a busy schedule, the highlight being a trip to a Circus Oz show as part of the Sydney Festival.
This latest Qashqai looks sharp. This is undoubtedly one of the more beautiful SUVs in the class, with some new and sophisticated styling cues that distinguish this 2018 model from the one it replaces.
The most noticeable changes are on the front, with the addition of Nissan’s ‘V Motion’ grille and sharper LED headlights with boomerang-shaped daytime running lights. Apart from the roof rails (standard on N-TEC), there are hardly any noticeable changes to the side and rear faces.
The ride height is located in the goldilocks area, making it easy to get in and out (especially useful for drivers and passengers who may be skilfully taking care of their knees and hips).
Inside, the N-TEC cabin has been gifted with an ingenious panoramic glass roof to help create an impression of space, quickly becoming my favorite feature. The seats (heated in the front) are outfitted with leather and fabric and offer excellent comfort.
The kids in the back have spacious rooms, and they can use two cups in the central armrest or bottle racks at each door. The legroom is very good, there is enough room for me to sit behind my driving position (I’m 180cm) with free space.
In addition to two extra cups and a glove box at the front, the cabin has plenty of niches for items of different sizes and shapes. Dash design works well; It is clean, simple and well designed.
Even so, N-TEC is slightly reduced by the 7.0-inch touchscreen. It is not as simple to use as others in the class. The screen resolution for maps is not great and there is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
After a morning of errands, we set out for Circus Oz, a ride that has both urban and highway driving. Jumping around the urban streets is where N-TEC is at home the most. Despite sitting on a 19-inch alloy, the ride and handling are excellent on uneven roads and it easily overcomes speed bumps. Ride and handling on the freeway has been composed and is only reduced by the lack of energy on the taps to pass.
On the return trip, I was impressed by the quietness of the cabin, only noticeable small noise from the CVT when accelerating or at higher speeds. It was impressive. The serenity is only broken by the verbal battles of the kids in the back seat. But I guess you can’t have everything.
Today’s schedule included shopping in the city followed by a trip to the beach in the afternoon, and it gave me the opportunity to check out the N-TEC’s driving characteristics and luggage capacity.
Nissan has given the diesel engine for this mid-life update, only offering a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter petrol engine. Developing 106kW / 200Nm, it is combined with an automatic CVT that sends power to the front wheels. As you would expect, the towing figures are very modest, rated at 1200kg (brakes) or 729kg (no bundles).
The engine and transmission combination works well to propel the Qashqai around the city and the urban streets, but it has a little difficulty crossing the freeway. Hills (with a car full of children and luggage) can also be a challenge. After that, do not rely on to escape any sticky traffic situations.
Driving in the city in Qashqai is hassle-free, aside from the car sonic overheating emanating near any object or vehicle – something in the city happens more often than you think. It became a little uncomfortable as it continued to attract my attention unnecessarily.
With its relatively small size, navigating the carp in the underground city was easy and I quickly found a ‘small car’ space, with N-TEC fitting the empty room.