Nissan Qashqai 2024 experience | maximum speed
by justmclasscars.com ·
This is the third generation of the innovative crossover – Qashqai pioneered the idea of a tall family hatchback in 2007 (as opposed to a low-slung SUV). Its proposal was more spacious and stylish than the hatchback, at little sacrifice in economy and dynamics. But no one knew if it would work, least of all Nissan.
History shows that the idea simply caught fire. Competitors spread. Nowadays, nearly half of the cars sold in this size are crossovers. Despite all the competition, Nissan is still the best seller among them, with the exception of the Ford Puma. User.
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Even if you think the Qashqai is a bit of a boring car, it is an amazing social phenomenon. Hugely influential. Responsible for thousands of UK jobs – designed, engineered and built. An electric version will be manufactured in Sunderland in due course.
So, what does the third generation Qashqai look like?
Nissan has upgraded almost everything except the base petrol engine, but was careful not to upset the winning formula. So the third generation Qashqai is a little bigger and sharper to look at but still recognisable. It’s also more sophisticated in its electronics and driver assistance, but is still straightforward and intuitive to operate.
Nissan also knows who drives its Qashqai, but the car has been obsessively developed to suit urban family life. It’s not too bulky and has comprehensive parking assistance. The boot is large, versatile, wipe clean and buggy friendly. The rear doors open unusually wide to wrestle small children into child seats, too. These things help…
What are the engine options?
Diesel engines are now history, but for people who would have gone for the slightly more economical option, there is now a hybrid version of the Qashqai – e-Power – which uses ingenious technology to try and save on petrol. There is a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with 190 hp that generates electricity exclusively and is sent to the e-motor or battery.
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The petrol range is capped off with 140bhp and 158bhp 1.3-litre four-cylinder engines. The less powerful an engine such as a front-wheel drive manual, the louder the engine will be with a manual transmission or new automatic CVT. This car can take front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Is it fast?
It’s fast enough, let’s put it that way. The little engine is stout enough in 158bhp form, accelerating from 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds (the grassier car takes 10.2 seconds). Down below, the mild hybrid kick masks the lag. At the top, you’ll compete in the overtaking lane on the highway provided you keep your nerve.
The e-Power hybrid delivers a 7.9-second sprint to 62 mph, but you’ll need to back off to save fuel, most likely.
What technology does the Qashqai come with?
Nissan always loads its cars with driver assistance, and provided you have the autobox, the Qashqai brings the next stage of Nissan’s ProPilot setup. As before, it is an active cruise and course keeping system. New this time is a navigation link, so it will slow you down when approaching roundabouts and bends. It’s easy to use, with a self-explanatory interface. But they are good at giving you a boost if you rely on them too much.
A large display, matrix headlights and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto help boost the number of technologies in higher-spec cars.
What is the order against?
What not like that Even against? This part of the market is completely saturated with competing cars that all – in one way or another – owe their existence in part to the Qashqai. You have a Kia Sportage, Ford Kuga, Peugeot 3008 or Hyundai Tucson. Not to mention the Skoda Karoq, Volkswagen Tiguan, Seat Ateca, or – and we’re sorry to keep beating that drum – a range of traditional family hatchbacks like the Vauxhall Astra. They’re still around, you know.
Our selection from the range
1.3 DiG-T MH 158 Acenta Premium 5dr
What is the ruling?
“Qashqai is still a car for owners, not drivers. If you want fun, spend the same money on a slot or property“
In its third generation, the Qashqai is still a car for owners, not drivers. If you want fun, spend the same money on a slot or property.
Meanwhile, rivals have rallied to beat it: Peugeot 3008 in terms of cabin quality; Skoda Kamiq on practicality. Citroen C5 has family-friendly seats; Mini Countryman on driver appeal. We can keep going.
Qashqai is the establishment and is no longer a clear leader. But it’s also hard to argue against it. This new generation has been designed with greater precision than ever before, and executed with laser focus. This is reflected in the huge number of changes Nissan makes every year. Demand shows no signs of slowing down.