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Nissan Qashqai+2 Tekna 2.0 dCi 4WD - NISSAN QASHQAI +2 Car Review
GIVE the people what they ask for, in a stylish package, at a price they can afford and, hopefully, you are onto a winner.
That’s a philosophy Nissan has stuck by for years, and the Japanese company has never been afraid to make the radical decisions either.
Like scrapping the popular Primera and smaller Almera models to make way for a crossover car in the shape of the oddly-named Qashqai.
In the three years since the Qashqai has been built at the Nissan factory in Sunderland it has become a massive success – more than 200,000 rolled off the production line last year.
And the reason is simple. It’s what people want – a smart blend of family hatchback with the confident feel and rugged style of an SUV.
The second generation Qashqai was launched during the spring and the good news is that while all its predecessor’s qualities are retained and some more sophisticated features introduced, this car has a more upmarket feel overall.
From the fit and finish of the panels to the construction of the seats, this is a car that really warrants premium status.
True, this model was in top spec Tekna trim, but I couldn’t have been more impressed with the quality, feel, comfort and sound insulation.
The Qashqai+2 badge means there’s seating for seven in a model that’s both taller and longer than a standard five-seater.
Life on board is pretty much faultless for five, with ample head and legroom all round and plenty of stowage thanks to the likes of a deep central box, cup holders, coin container, racks behind the front seats, door bins and glovebox.
The rear seats are also versatile – they split, fold and also slide forward or back – while the third row seats lift up or drop down at the light pull of a tab.
But access to the +2’s pair of individual back seats is not only tricky, they are also only suitable for kids due to the lack of legroom and raised floor level.
And there’s an impact on other passengers as well because if there’s a tall driver behind the wheel, who needs the front seat slid fully back, then there’s barely enough legroom for anyone occupying the back row – even if they are children.
Otherwise this is a top notch vehicle with lots of standard kit, a choice of transmissions, 1.6 or 2.0-litre petrol and 1.5 or 2.0-litre diesel engines plus front-wheel or All-Mode four-wheel drive options.
There’s a safety boost in ESP - electronic stability programme – being standard across the range, a decent size boot provided the third row seats are stowed away, rear privacy glass and stylish roof rails on every model.
It’s also a rewarding car to drive with responsive handling, plenty of punch and decent fuel economy.
Families loved the original – this new Qashqai is likely to prove even more successful.
Mechanical. 150PS, 1,995cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox