Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi
Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi
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Cottoning onto the fact that there exist a host of families who want neither a big, bulky 4x4 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.

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. 4WD is a pricey option.

As for the bodyshape needed to incorporate the ‘+2’ model’s extra third trow of seating, well 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.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

CAR: Nissan Qashqai+2 range

PRICES: £17,895-£28,245 - on the road

INSURANCE GROUPS: 15-22

CO2 EMISSIONS: 123-194g/km

PERFORMANCE: [1.6 dCi 4WD] 0-60mph 10.5s / Top Speed 120mph

FUEL CONSUMPTION: [1.6 dCi 4WD] (combined) 60.1mpg

STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: ABS with Brake Assist and EBD, Active front headrests.

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/width/height 4521/1780/1648 mm.