Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi 110 Acenta Premium
Week ending February 28
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
List Price £22,690
Target Price £20,972
Price as tested £23,415
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