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IT’S hard to believe that Nissan’s mid-sized crossover Qashqai is nearly eight years old, for it seems to have been around for ever.
As an alternative to a popular family hatchback, the British-built machine smashed the Japanese marque’s own sales targets from day one.
The family favourite was given something of a facelift for spring 2010 to tie it over until the new generation model hit the streets last year.
And this facelift helped the car keep its place at the forefront of the growing crossover sector.
On the outside, the updated Qashqai got a brand new macho front end look to match that of its larger seven-seater Qashqai+2 sibling.
A series of other tweeks around the vehicle helped reduce drag and aided fuel consumption.
Nissan offered buyers a huge choice within the Qashqai range, with two petrol and two diesel engines in the line-up. Four trim levels were also on offer, while there was also a choice of four-wheel-drive on some models.
One model certainly worth looking at as a great economical-to-run used buy is the 1.5-litre dCi Pure Drive diesel in entry-level Visia trim.
It was the cheapest, most fuel-efficient and cleanest first-generation Qashqai oil burner, returning 57.6mpg, while emissions came in at just 129g/km.
Nissan worked hard to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle, while modifications such as blanking the fog lamp sockets, adding low rolling resistance tyres and reworking the final drive ratio all helped the Pure Drive to deliver those remarkable figures.
For a big, heavy car, the 105bhp engine could not really set the heather on fire, so it did take its time to get going.
But once it got up to speed, it delivered a polished performance.
The benchmark 0-62mph dash took 12.8 seconds and the top speed was a more-than-respectable 109mph.
However, unlike those fuel-guzzling monsters that helped give the SUV sector such a bad name, the Pure Drive Qashqai proved to be easy on the planet.
Inside, there was room for five adults at a squeeze along with a decent amount of boot space.
All occupants got a commanding view of the road while the driver’s seat could also be raised or lowered to suit.
Out on the road, the chunky Nissan’s suspension was set to give a comfortable, softish ride, but the downside was that the car did tend to lean a bit through tighter corners.
However, its road-holding abilities were never in question and the car was completely at home in the urban jungle, its car-like handling undoubtely helping its sales success.
Safety aspects were well catered for, so much so that every model was awarded a coveted five-star Euro NCAP rating, while standard
goodies included air con, alloy wheels, CD sound system, electric windows and Bluetooth.
Expect to pay about £6300 to £8380 for a 2010 10-plate 1.5-litre dCi Pure Drive diesel in entry-level Visia trim with around 50,000 miles on the clock.
A 2011 car on an 11-plate will cost in the region of £7330 to £9405, while moving up to a 2012 model on a 12-plate pushes those figures up to about the £8570 to £10,845 mark.