Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta
Dealer price £9555
Private price £8845
The Qashqai was the overall winner last year, and it still has what it takes to win its category.
It’s really a small family car in disguise, but takes a different approach from that of rivals, such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, by sitting taller and having more ground clearance. The result is plenty of cabin space, a generous boot and a commanding view.
Despite this taller stance, the Qashqai still drives well. There is plenty of grip and the steering is well weighted. The suspension deals with everything our road builders can throw at it, while there’s little wind and road noise.
Inside, there’s a solid, durable yet classy feel, with plenty of soft-touch materials and a superb finish. The driving position is good and all the seats are supportive.
The 1.6 Visia was our champion last year, but a surge of Qashqais from Motability has hit the used market, pushing down prices enough to persuade our panel to choose diesel and a higher trim: 1.5 dCi Acenta. The 1.5-litre diesel engine develops 104bhp and handles the car’s weight well; standard equipment includes climate control, alloy wheels, electric windows, Bluetooth, a CD multichanger and parking sensors.
The Qashqai continues to be reliable, too, with trim rattles and a manufacturer-known rear suspension fault the only real issues raised by owners. Make sure the car you’re viewing has been in for its minor fuel system recall before you buy.
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