Having now owned 2 Qashqais - a 2.0-litre petrol and a 1.5dCi, I still love the car although I am well aware of its shortcomings.
Space in the rear for three passengers is poor especially if you have a child seat. Noise from the wing mirrors is excessive due to their size.
Fuel efficiency overall is good. Be aware, though, that the 2.0-litre diesel has a diesel particulate filter (DPF) fitted which can cause problems if you do short journeys at lower speeds.
It may not be suitable for your style of driving as there are enormous potential costs incurred if engine needs regenerated by a Nissan dealer - ask your salesman before deciding on this model.
I love the car and the comfort - it is still eye-catching and there are many more on the road now. Trade-in value appears to be good as demand is very high.
Hope you love driving this car as much as I do. Good luck with any prospective purchase.
This is the best car I have owned. I really like the high driving position with all the comfort of being in my own living room!
It's a fantastic family car. My kids love it. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants something a little different and who enjoys technology.
The BirdView sat-nav and integrated Bluetooth system are excellent, and well worth the extra money. The rear view camera is very useful for parking, too.
After a week, and I can firmly say this is overall a fundamentally very good car. However, it does deceive you. It deceives you into thinking it's a class above, which means you start to compare it with cars costing £5,000 more. It also deceives you into thinking it's bigger than it actually is.
I've had two people already say it looks like a Mercedes M Class, and Daimler Benz probably could stick a three pointed star on the front and get away with selling it for £7K more. The high up position, light clutch and gear box, quiet interior and the seats encourage relaxed driving. It has lots of extras as standard and, at £14.5K or £202/month ex VAT on contract hire, it's great value for money.
The bad news amounts to a series of minor grumbles. By comparing it to cars costing £5K+ more (which it's easy to do), you can spot a few minor points for improvement. The dash could do with a few more soft touch plastics, the rear doors could do with being a little bigger. It's tricky to close the hatchback using the handle inside, and there's no place to store things in view of the driver. For example, if you have sat nav on your phone, there's no obvious place to rest the phone. It could do with being 4 grams lower in CO2 output, too. I decided to got for the Acenta rather than the Visia model, as there is limited rear vision and Acenta adds parking sensors. You soon learn to use the large and useful side mirrors.
Judged against its class competitors, it's one of the best.
Having tried the 1.5 DCi and found it underpowered decided to have a go in the 2.0DCi. An amazing difference, plenty of power and considerably quieter than the smaller engine. The 2.0DCi is a chain cam unit with DPF. Again I checked the servicing costs 1st year £324, 2nd year £370, 3rd year £434.VED is group E. Added to the £1600 premium for the larger engine, this will be a much more expensive car to run but I think secondhand value will be higher since it seems a lot less are being sold. This is a serious contender as my next car.
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