Based on the first week of ownreship I'm very happy with my choice. The Qashqai is well built, with good handling (notably over inner-city potholes) and acceptable performance.
One small gripe is the storage space: huge door pockets, glove box and bottle storage between the front seats, but nowhere small to put things like change for meters/tolls, and a "sunglass holder" being inside the glover box. Can't see how that will work if driving on the motorway and coming into sun.
Interestingly there's a "12v outlet socket" (what used to be a cigarette lighter in the old days) that is described as specifically not to be used for cigarette lighters! Just as well as the Qashqai doesn't have an ashtray.
That said, small issues for a great overall car.
I own this car for one month now. I traded an Opel Vectra, and had to wait nearly 3 months for delivery, such is the demand in Ireland for the Qashqai. Mine is the 1.5 dci and while it is very economical, the only complaint would be a slightly bumby ride, but then it is quite a short wheel base. A great looking car from the outside, with a top class cabin feel within. Plenty of luggage and back seat passenger space also. I would highly recommend this great car.
Car interested me because its Japanese (reliable), high driving position and practical. I have spent months trying all sorts of car types (BMW 3 series, Lexus , Rav 4, Honda CRV + Civic), but for one reason or another they didn't do it for me - unlike this.
I have tried all 3 engines - 1.6 sounded a bit boomy however is ok acceleration on the motorway. The 1.5 does sound louder at idle compared to my current car (1.9 Renault Scenic) and takes time to accelerate to crusing speed on the motorway however for such a car the mpg and carbon emissions are quite good.
The 2.0 litre was very smooth and refined however its running costs make it a no no for me (over 20K mileage a year).
Interested to try the 2litre diesel when available. I like the car but in comparing running costs with Honda CRV or Toyota Rav4 the mpg and carbon emissions are higher with the Nissan. I think Nissan have missed a opportunity here, and don't know why they didn't consider the 1.9 renault unit which is great on my Scenic.
For the price the specs are great - I particularly like the Tekna model - sunroof is great and my daughter likes it more than the on our Scenic, plus sitting high gives her a great vantage point when we travel.
The car I test drove did have a rattle with the sun roof and a notchy gearstick - even the salesman agreed it wasn't functioning as it should. However generally I find Nissan cars good - My Dad owned his for over 11 years, never had a problem.
This car has great looks, is well built, has plenty of space, and is highly specified.
It's a truly British car.
I have now had the car for eight weeks and have done 1200 miles, and I am happy in every respect.
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