Our cars: Used Nissan Qashqai - January 2012
Week ending January 27
Driven this week 84 miles
It’s funny how the simplest things sometimes go unnoticed, yet often prove to be the most useful.
Take the Qashqai’s door mirrors for example. Together with the high, upright seating position, these tall, wide mirrors give an excellent view of what’s going on behind.
The Qashqai’s fuel economy is disappointing, though. I’m still only getting around 37mpg from the 1.6 petrol engine, which is disappointing, but not surprising given how hard you have to work the little engine on the motorway.
Used Nissan Qashqai review
Week ending January 20
Driven this week 140 miles
The Qashqai was called up for video duties this week, being used as a tracking car. After a day spent at the test track, What Car? video editor Peter Brown wasn’t too impressed with the Nissan’s ride quality as he sat harnessed in over the rear axle.
I have to agree with him. For all the Qashqai’s strengths, its ride isn’t one of them. Call me sad, but I happen to know my daily commute features 23 sleeping policemen over 10 miles (believe me, I feel each and every one). The suspension doesn’t always deal well with these and the car occasionally bottoms out, even when driven slowly. Rough road surfaces are also a problem; sending vibrations back up through the steering column.
I was also surprised to find the rear bumper showing a faded patch this week. I haven’t noticed it before, so I’m thinking any bumper blackener applied at the dealer has been taken off after I put it through the car wash on Monday.
Week ending January 13
Driven this week: 347 miles
Our used Qashqai is a cracking car, but having just spent a few days in it, I have to confess that our '08 model does show its age in some areas.
Most noticeably, the 1.6-litre petrol engine feels a bit old hat compared with the turbocharged small-capacity units that are increasingly the norm these days.
Without the extra low-down muscle that a turbocharger provides, it's not as flexible. It's a bit short on outright power, too, although it cruises happily enough once you've got it up to speed on the motorway.
Our Qashqai's entertainment system is also behind the times, with no facility for connecting an iPod, which means going back to lugging a load of CDs around. Today's equivalent model has an aux-in connection, and higher-spec models also have a USB socket.
Week ending January 6
Driven this week: 247 miles
It was while driving home for Christmas that I realised one of the Qashqai’s headlight bulbs was blown.
I was heading towards Dorset for a festive period with the family, so I dropped into Westover Nissan in Bournemouth for a replacement to be fitted.
Just 15 minutes and £27 later, I had two functioning headlights to guide me home.