My new company car. 2012 1.6 DCi (130ps) Tekna with start stop. Charcoal leather, cayman blue. Stepped out of skoda superb elegance into the qashqai. Got it as high power for 1.6 plus lower emissions (123) and more economical than the superb. Not in same league as skoda but actually more expensive. Anyway, it's efficient enough at what it does but not v exciting. Panoramic roof is nice, seats comfy, adequate space in back, folding seats a bit pathetic. Stereo is the upgraded bose system and it really is fantastic. Blasts out full volume with no distortion.It's even got me into heavy metal! Sat nav is ok (not as intuitive as skoda) bluetooth ok too. Nothing in the car is really "Excellent". Its all distinctly average, very anonymous and just a car. Did 460 mile round trip on wednesday and it's certanly comfortable. Oh, has the zenon lights but they're really not all that good. So functional, a little bland, but reliable and convenient. That i think sums up the qashqai. yawn..
This is our two year ownership review of this vehicle. Firstly, the vehicle has been faultless over 20000 miles. It hasn't seen a Nissan dealer since we bought it. Running costs are very low, where Whatcar got their "running costs likely to be high" phrase from I'll never know, as we have averaged 40mpg over two years, road tax is £165 and a two year service ie, an oil & filter change was £95.00, by my local trusted garage. Tyre wear on the 18" wheels is very good, we shouldn't need to replace them before 35000 miles. It handles large loads well, tows well and can carry 7 people in comfort, as illustrated by taking 3 couples out to dinner last week. All the electrical equipment works faultlessly and the paintwork is still excellent. It is only front wheel drive but many assume it to be a 4wd. We fel we have made the right decision buying a vehicle made in Sunderland and we plan on keeping it for 5 years, so hopefully the next 3 years are going to be as faultless as the past 2 years. Well done Nissan and the lads and lasses at Sunderland.
I have just passed 12 months of owning this vehicle and it hasn't put a foot (or wheel) wrong. I bought the 4WD version just in case I ever needed it. When the snow arrived in December mine was the only car that could get out of our road - without any un-nerving moments either! Very comfortable, very dependable, very nice to drive. Obviously, the driving style had to change in respect of corners, etc, but I am used to driving 4WDs so it wasn't an issue. The only small gripe I have is that the MPG isn't as good as I expected, but that's probably my heavy right foot. The diesel engine is really nice and punchy which surprises most people at the lights - including me. Hence the comment about my right foot. A fair bit of clatter on starting up, but it soon calms down. In short, a really nice car and I don't regret buying it one bit. Oh, and the satnav is the best I've ever used. I’ve just paid for the first annual service, which cost 250. A set fee it appears.
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