Nissan Qashqai+2 2 0 dCi Tekna 5dr 4WD Auto New Vehicles …

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Cottoning onto the fact that there exist a host of families who want neither a big, bulky 4×4 nor the style vacuum that most MPV people movers represent, Nissan brought us the seven-seat Qashqai+2. A true ‘crossover’ vehicle with elements of a number of genres built-in, it looks stronger than ever since the addition to the line-up of a quick but efficient 1.6-litre dCi diesel engine.

Driving Experience

There’s a wide choice of engines available to Qashqai customers with two main diesel engines and two petrol powerplants to consider. At the bottom of the range, customers choose between either a 1.6-litre 115bhp petrol unit or a 106bhp 1.5dCi diesel. If you can stretch up to a figure just above £20,000 though, it’s worth considering an engine that really represents the sweet spot in the line-up, the 128bhp 1.6-litre dCi diesel.

Nissan hasn’t skimped when it comes to transmission options either, the Qashqai being supplied with five and six-speed manual boxes, a six-speed auto option and even an advanced Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT). The 1.6 dCi isn’t offered in auto form, so if you want a pokey auto Qashqai+2 diesel variant, you’ll have to have it with the smoky old 2.0-litre diesel.

The ALL-MODE 4×4 system is available on the 2.0-litre vehicles and the 1.6 dCi, with the others sending drive to the front wheels only. This is an electronic system which automatically engages four-wheel drive the moment a loss of traction is detected. It offers more safety and security in extreme weather on-road. Nissan makes no bones of the fact that the Qashqai is anything but an off-roader, citing its lack of ground clearance.

What precludes it from tackling rutted tracks makes it a better car on the blacktop, the hunkered down centre of gravity giving the Nissan its nimble feel.

The Qashqai+2 weighs 100kg more than its five-seat sibling and the suspension and steering systems have been retuned to take account of this. The latest cars also have revised suspension settings to improve things further from ride and handling standpoint. Refinement is boosted by multi-layer insulation in the front bulkhead and a special soundproof windscreen.

Design Build

Everything from the windscreen pillars forward is standard Qashqai. Everything behind this point has been modified in the Qashqai+2. The wheelbase has been extended by 135mm and the overall length has grown by 211mm to 4,526mm.

To make sure that rear seat occupants don’t feel too hemmed in, the roof line has been reprofiled as well, adding 38mm to the car’s height. The doors have been redesigned and the side windows are now bigger, as is the rear tailgate window, making the back feel anything but claustrophobic. The middle row of seats splits 40/40/40 and the backrest reclines to no fewer than nine adjustment positions.

The back row of seats is designed for kids or adults up to 1.6m (5’3), the seats fold 50/50 and can be folded away simply by pulling a strap. There’s no need to go through the hassle of removing head rests first. When folded down, there’s a massive 500 litres of stowage space, and the rear hatch is both wider and has a lower loading sill than the standard Qashqai model.

There’s even an underfloor stowage area to keep valuables out of sight. The sturdy lid of this stowage area also doubles as a cargo divider to prevent your eggs getting squashed by your Iron Bru.

A more aggressive frontal styling treatment marks out the latest Qashqai+2 from its pre-facelift forbear. It wasn’t merely an exercise in reshaping the headlights and grille either: bonnet, bumper, grille, headlamps and wings all got the treatment. Around the back, little has changed aside from subtle aerodynamic tweaks and LED lights.

Market Model

Like the five-seat Qashqai, the +2 is available in various different trim and equipment versions — Visia, Acenta, n-tec+ and Tekna. Depending on the version, standard equipment includes automatic lighting, automatic wipers, speed sensitive door locking, cruise control, privacy glass, electric windows, parking sensors, a choice of 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels and Nissan’s Intelligent Key. Manual or automatic air conditioning incorporates mild flow ventilation, while to provide sufficient airflow for the rearmost passengers, a larger compressor is fitted.

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The n-tec+ and Tekna models feature the Nissan Connect system which incorporates Bluetooth connectivity, touch screen satellite navigation, a colour reversing camera, an MP3 compatible CD stereo and a USB interface for connecting MP3 players.

Nissan has built an enviable reputation for safety and the Qashqai incorporates a number of noteworthy features. Accurate electrically-assisted power steering, multi-link rear suspension and beefy anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution should well be enough to keep you out of a prang in the first instance and there’s also the additional safety net of advanced ESP stability control.

There’s little doubt that the Qashqai will find ready buyers when the time comes to sell as it seems to have struck a chord with British customers looking for a socially responsible alternative to the usual ‘Chelsea tractor.’ The front wheel drive cars are in even hotter demand than the four-wheel drive models as a result.

The front-wheel drive 1.6 dCi diesel model with the manual gearbox returns 60.1mpg on the combined cycle. To give you an idea of how easy it is to dent this once all-wheel drive comes into the equation, the automatic 4×4 1.6 dCi diesel variant gets a mere 53.3mpg. The same goes for carbon dioxide emissions. Where the 2wd manual 1.6 dCi diesel emits a very reasonable 123g/km, the 4×4 1.6 diesel automatic isn’t anything like so saintly at 139g/km. Going for the petrol 1.6?

Well, order the car with the engine tart/Stop system and you’ll find that the official combined fuel economy figure of 44.1mpg is a lot better than you’d expect from a petrol-powered compact 4×4. Go for the 2.0-litre petrol and that figure falls to 35.3mpg.

Just as Nissan’s Qashqai was the first real Crossover, so the Qashqai+2 is the first real example of the breed with seven seats. Yes, you can get a compact soft roading SUV with space for seven but that’s not quite the same thing. It’ll feel more clunky than this Nissan, it’ll cost more to run — and it’ll be more expensive.

You can, in other words, see why this Qashqai model is so popular.

And its sales should be further boosted by the 128bhp 1.6-litre dCi diesel we’ve been trying here. It’s an engine that delivers 2.0-litre diesel performance with a set of frugal economy and emissions figures that’ll surprise you. Here then, is a sensible seven-seater family choice that’s a lot more interesting than a conventional MPV.

If you want it to go anywhere, there’s quite a premium for 4WD, but that apart, there are plenty of reasons here to flash your Qash.

RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto

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