Our cars: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi - February

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  • Our Qashqai has a breadth of ability that has earned the respect of all who’ve driven it

    Our Qashqai has a breadth of ability that has earned the respect of all who’ve driven it

  • Qashqai's filler cap has to be released by an awkwardly-placed lever under the dash

    Qashqai's filler cap has to be released by an awkwardly-placed lever under the dash

  • The Qashqai has been on holiday

    The Qashqai has been on holiday

  • Qashqai's clever boot dividers and stowable parcel shelf make it easy to carry a variety of objects

    Qashqai's clever boot dividers and stowable parcel shelf make it easy to carry a variety of objects

  • Qashqai hasn't impressed everyone who's driven it, but we remain delighted with our 1.5 dCi

    Qashqai hasn't impressed everyone who's driven it, but we remain delighted with our 1.5 dCi

  • Opening up the maximum 1585 litres of boot space is the work of seconds

    Opening up the maximum 1585 litres of boot space is the work of seconds

  • Diesel engine in our Qashqai gives decent economy, but not much speed away from junctions

    Diesel engine in our Qashqai gives decent economy, but not much speed away from junctions

  • Mark's kids demonstrate how the Qashqai's boot divider can segment the load space with ease

    Mark's kids demonstrate how the Qashqai's boot divider can segment the load space with ease

  • A dash to the coast had one of Mark's passengers saying the Qashqai was 'noisy' - he disagrees

    A dash to the coast had one of Mark's passengers saying the Qashqai was 'noisy' - he disagrees

  • Qashqai is stuffed with safety kit as standard, and Acenta Premium trim adds even more

    Qashqai is stuffed with safety kit as standard, and Acenta Premium trim adds even more

  • Autocar's Qashqai (right) has the stronger 1.6-litre diesel, but our 1.5 version is far more refined

    Autocar's Qashqai (right) has the stronger 1.6-litre diesel, but our 1.5 version is far more refined

  • Long-run economy seems great

    Long-run economy seems great

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Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi 110 Acenta Premium

Read the full Nissan Qashqai review

Week ending February 28
Mileage 1550
Miles this week 375

This is the latest addition to our long-term fleet, and it’s our 2014 Car of the Year, the new Nissan Qashqai.

We’ve chosen the 1.5 dCi 110 engine, which produces 109bhp and a healthy 192lb ft of torque, this being the cleaner of the two diesel options (there’s also a larger 128bhp 1.6-litre unit). Its official fuel figure is a remarkable 74.3mpg, producing just 99g/km of CO2.

We’ve plumped for Acenta Premium trim, which is lavishly equipped, with standard kit including alloy wheels, Bluetooth and a panoramic glass roof. As well as that, we’ve got the new Nissan Connect infotainment package, which includes sat-nav, DAB radio and a 7-inch colour screen, and a Smart Vision Pack (a £450 option on lesser models). The pack includes front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, and lane departure warning and front collision avoidance systems.

Add on our only option, sparkling Storm White paintwork - a £725 option - and our final bill was £23,415, which seems pretty reasonable, considering the generous equipment levels.

Early impressions are certainly favourable. Customers loved the original car’s looks and compact dimensions, so Nissan has been careful not to mess with the formula. The new front is more stylish, and the rear window line kicks up fashionably about its flanks – it’s neat without being revolutionary.

Space inside is good, and the quality of the materials lining the interior has definitely improved. The glass sunroof does a good job of brightening up what could otherwise be a dark interior, too.

It only takes a short drive to realise Nissan has made enormous on-the-road improvements too: the refinement is astonishing. Not only that, it’s exceptionally easy to drive and to use: smooth is definitely the keyword.

So, the next year promises well. Our eagerly awaited Qashqai already seems to have hit the right note.

By Mark Pearson
Mark.Pearson@whatcar.com

LOGBOOK

List Price £22,690
Target Price £20,972
Price as tested £23,415

Extras
Storm White paintwork £725

Test fuel economy tbc
True MPG tbc
Official fuel economy 74.3mpg
CO2/tax liability 99g/km/15%
Contract hire £244
Cost per mile 38.2p
Insurance group 14
Typical quote £479

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