Nissan Qashqai 2022 long-term review
Why we’re running it: To find out if the third generation of the best-selling SUV is still a cut over the expanding ranks of Qashqai competitors.
The Qashqai is incredibly simple to drive in limited areas such as parking lot. It’s aided by the excellent Security Guard sensors, consisting of the clear overall reversing video camera display screen. One point does insect me: our Qashqai is a lovely color of blue, however the (computer-generated) one that appears on the overhanging video camera view is a boring color of grey.
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Life with a Nissan Qashqai: Month 1
Not frustrating in the slightest – 17 November 2021
BEEP BEEP. Our Qashqai’s powered bootlid is really extremely useful. BEEP BEEP. That stated, in order to avoid individuals getting hit, it emits a blaring BEEP whenever the boot is opened or shut. Yes. BEEP BEEP. Each and every single BEEPing time. I’m sure it serves for preventing unintended bootlid strikes, however it does get truly fairly irritating. BEEP BEEP.
Gas mileage: 3897
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Welcoming the Qashqai to the fleet – 10 November 2021
I’m not normally one for calling autos, yet I’ve determined to call our new Nissan Qashqai Ed. As in Sheeran. You see, I reckon the scruffy-haired singer-songwriter and Nissan’s family SUV have fairly a lot alike.
For beginners, they’re both among Britain’s largest exports, attaining remarkable worldwide popularity. And they have actually both made use of comparable techniques to achieve that success. Ed Sheeran generally nicked elements from a handful of styles as well as repackaged them right into a musical kind that seemed fairly fresh but was really determinedly conventional as well as laser-focused to achieve mass-market music dominance.
In a similar way, the Qashqai took edgy aspects from four-wheel-drive off-roaders (mostly the high-riding setting as well as sturdy styling cues) and also appropriated them right into an auto form that appeared quite fresh but was in fact determinedly mainstream and laser-focused to accomplish mass-market car domination. It coincides trick in 2 different semblances: make a populist mainstream item feel like it’s still a little bit radical.
And now both Sheeran and also the Qashqai face an obstacle: exactly how do you keep a semblance of edgy great as soon as you’ve become so effective that you go to the centre of the mainstream mass market and also have a boating of identikit opponents trying to steal your sales with their very own spin on your formula?
With this 3rd generation, the Qashqai is entering its sell-out arena tour stage– which brings pressure to keep supplying the tried and tested hits while likewise keeping the item fresh.
Let’s face it: while this Qashqai is a completely new design, it already looks unbelievably familiar. That’s partially due to the fact that I have actually currently seen loads on the roads, simple months after it was first launched, however likewise due to the fact that it’s still recognisably a Qashqai.
That’s not to state Nissan hasn’t put initiative into the exterior layout: compared to the previous version, the advancements are clear to spot; park it alongside an initial Qashqai and also the progress is impressive. The sharp creases and lines keep the Qashqai in line with the most up to date Nissan Juke and offer it a little bit of a side without actually altering the template. It’s not as radical as Nissan’s Ariya EV, however it’s enough to not feel absolutely middle-of-the-road bland.
Yet similar to the initial solitary off a brand-new Ed Sheeran album typically has a little side compared with the remainder of the tracks, the outside of the Qashqai is far more distinct than the interior. Actually, I battle to bear in mind one more automobile where the disconnect in between vibrant exterior and absolutely traditional inside is so stark.
That’s not to say the interior isn’t really enjoyable, comfy, spacious and also well laid out: it’s every one of those things. It’s simply a little … plain. It’s conventional as well as a bit boring, with a finish that’s flawlessly fine however not remarkable. However that plays to the Qashqai’s appeal: it has whatever you would certainly require from a family members automobile. It really feels luxurious enough to have a little premium sheen but isn’t so posh that you would be afraid to let the children go a bit wild in the back. You will be comfortable in there for nearly any type of trip, but it won’t leave you with interesting memories.
The Qashqai variety starts with the entry-level Visia trim at ₤ 23,985, yet we have actually opted for the higher-level Tekna, which is available in at ₤ 31,565 (Ed the Qashqai’s clever metallic blue paint with a two-tone black roofing includes ₤ 1145 to that cost).
The added spend webs the kind of thorough set list that should attract family members SUV customers, including a 12.3 in touchscreen, a head-up display, a digital dash, additional USB ports, 19in tyres and also a plethora of additional driver help systems and sensors. There’s an electric boot door and also the roomy travel luggage location has extremely beneficial floor panels that make that space extra useful.
Actually, it supplies whatever you require in a perfectly nice, useful bundle. Having actually simply switched out of a Volkswagen Golf GTI with its glossy infotainment, the Qashqai’s touchscreen system feels a little confusing and counterproductive– but then again, unlike with the Golf’s, it does not feel glitchy or annoying.
Right now, the Qashqai is supplied in the UK only with a 1.3-litre petroleum engine with two power outcomes (a complete hybrid choice is coming soon as well as Nissan has abandoned every one of the diesel powertrains). We’ve chosen the extra powerful 156bhp variation and also selected the six-speed guidebook gearbox over the CVT.
When we subjected the Qashqai to Autocar’s extensive road test, that powertrain was the only aspect of the cars and truck that actually “annoyed”, with the engine and gearbox not feeling especially well matched. That definitely tallies with my experience up until now, with the caution that when I’ve got the Qashqai up to speed, it’s normally smooth, tranquil and also enjoyable.
This is definitely no dynamic driver, but after that you wouldn’t expect it to be. It’s created amiably simple car until now, whether for brief around-town journeys or motorway jaunts. Similar to with an Ed Sheeran album, also those who prefer something more edgy would have to respect just how simple the Qashqai is to deal with.
I question the next few months will prove the Qashqai to be anything other than pleasing household transport. What we’re intending to discover are any kind of concealed midsts and also personality, or if it shows as forgettably inoffensive as any type of Ed Sheeran album.
Just how much excitement do you want from your family members SUV? In all a lot of vehicles, a bit excessive ‘enjoyment’ originates from buggy multimedia systems and wonky comfort designs. The Qashqai has none of that, and there is something to be stated for having the ability to pay attention to Ed Sheeran in tranquility, even if I prefer a bit of snazzy improv.
Nissan Qashqai Tekna DiG-T 158PS spec
Specs: Price New ₤ 31,565 Rate as examined ₤ 32,710 Choices Magnetic Blue paint ₤ 745, two- tone pearl black roof ₤ 400.
Examination Information: Engine 1332cc, 4cyls, turbocharged gasoline Power 158bhp at 5500rpm Torque 199lb ft at 1800rpm Kerb weight 1426kg Full throttle 124mph 0-62mph 9.2 sec Fuel economic situation 43.6 mpg carbon dioxide 144g/km Mistakes None Costs None.