The car is fantastic but I have to agree with others - without the DFI filter there's no point in buying the 1.5 DFI with Euro 5 just around the corner, because it is going to be difficult to resell.
It has a great interior and general looks. I hope that Nissan wisens up and update the 1.5 with a DFI filter.
After 1500 miles in six weeks, the new car novelty has not worn off yet - I love it. My last car was a new Saab convertible and I wanted something totally different - this is it (although I do miss that turbo).
With the elevated driving attitude of a 4x4 but the handling, agility and parking convenience of a medium hatchback, it is quite something - a bit of a Tardis. The interior and controls are smart and the optional sat-nav incorporating the stereo, Bluetooth, reversing camera and onboard computer is superb.
The only minor niggle is the steering column stalk controls, being difficult to see whilst driving and impossible to tell whether you have them on, off or auto. I went for the CVT and my only reservation with that is the noise it makes when accelerating hard from a standing start (maybe I shouldn't do that). I test drove the 2.0 manual and that was fine, so I guess it is the gearbox, not the engine.
In praise of the CVT though, I like the way it 'brakes' when you take your foot of the gas, say going downhill. The Saab auto tended to run away with you, so you were either braking all the time, or changing down manually (defeats the object of the auto box). I had planned to wait for the 2.0 diesel, but at £1300 more a quick calculation proved it would take me 3 years to break even on fuel cost savings, so that was a no-brainer as they say.
My first Nissan and highly recommended.
The Qashqai is a great car both inside and out, only problem is there is not DFI filter (even as an extra) on the 1.5 diesel and this has put me off buying it especialy as Euro 5 comes into effect in a couple of years.
I think it is pretty short sighted of Nissan to offer a diesel with out the filter when every other car manufacturer is offering diesels with the DFI filter either as an optional or as part of the package.
Only option is to upgrade to the 2.0 which comes with the filter as standard. For me the 2.0 is just to big.
I took the 1.5 diesel on a test drive. This was very pleasing as the car felt big and after just a couple of miles on it became clear that this had something going for it.
The 1.5 engine was very good - it did every thing required of it. Hills were no problem; also let go the reins on the motorway and it felt good easy to keep with the motorway speeds.
In the cabin it also had everything at easy reach, with plenty of leg room as I am 6ft 4ins and found comfort not a problem. I think Nissan has a winner in this 4x4 lookalike.
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