I had this car for a demonstrator. I liked the quality of the finish and overall appearance. The ride was good and firm evening out bumps etc. in the road quite well. Where it really fell down was on engine noise and it is underpowered. It is a Renault belt cam engine.I tried it over several routes and roads and under acceleration the diesel engine noise is quite harsh. Reversing was, as other reviewers have said, blighted by poor rear vision especially at the quarters. Doubtless this is why the car is equipped with rear parking sensors and huge door mirrors. Electric folding door mirrors are standard and necessary to avoid being damaged. I checked servicing costs: 1st year £283, 2nd year £329 3rd year £434. I consider these to be very high considering the car is just a beefy hatchback. A couple of replacement tyres will cost the thick end of £300. What Car estimates depreciation of 58% after three years. I suggest that since the market for this type of car is quite limited you would only achieve this against another Nissan or through a franchise which includes Nissan amongst other marques. I was offered top part exchange against my present car and delivery of the Acenta in any colour / spec. within 4 weeks and this approaching change of registration time.
This review is based on a couple of weeks motoring only, but it's been a very positive experience thus far. I was replacing a six year old A4 estate that was starting to creak and chose this over something more obvious because I suffer from back pain. The added height and comfort of this car has been fantastic, particularly when putting the kids into their carseats. I like the styling without the embarrassment of running 4WD in the leafy suburbs! The drive is good (although not exciting) and the 1.6 engine is responsive if noisy when you push it. The driving position is excellent and the ride is stable despite its height. The fixtures, fitting and controls are well laid out and have a quality feel. Nothing rattles or wobbles and the panoramic roof and bluetooth are great (although the intelligent key is superfluous). There are some minor points to bring to your attention and which you can then judge for yourself. 1. The boot lid doesn't open very high so you may have to crouch to get under it and the hard boot compartment lid would be better replaced with a soft retractable one for access. 2. The back doors are short and don't open very wide so access is more restricted although legroom is good. 3. Visibility is badly restricted through the back and parking sensors at the front would be also be useful. 4. The wing mirrors are massive! The car itself is not so wide, but the mirrors make it much more bulky than seems necessary! Pretty minor stuff so I remain very happy!
This is my 2nd qashqai ( 1.5 dci ) after first was a write-off.So had for a year in total.Been totally happy with both.Did 6K in first and now 13K in second.1st service cost £193 which I think is reasonable.Nissan Nottingham picked up car at work and brought it back so was happy with that.Had no problems, and no shock problems, maybe it is the car, or maybe people just smashing over speed bumps thinking its a 4X4 which it isn't - mine isn't.I actually think the quality of the plastics is good for the price of the car.I have the old shape bmw 323se in leather, so I know about interiors.Drove the old golf around for a while and thought that interior was rubbish compared.Agreed the interior marks around the bottom of door trims, but which car doesn't it no different to the beemer.Have been managing 55MPG according to trip computer, but I do drive a bit like an old man in it, but its just so comfortable with a great view.1.5 is noisy, but that is the price to pay for decent economy.Shame cos went in long trip to scotland in a Civiv 2.2 diesel and that was awesome, power and quiet, with nearly the same economy as mine, shame I don't like the rest of the car. Only if that engine was in qashqai at the same price.Recommend qashqai to anyone.
Picked the car up in November 2007 from Arnold Clark Whom I would not recommend as the sales person was not very experienced and if I had not checked out this site I probably would not have bought this car. Now that I have the car I am very pleased with it. I had a Ford Focus for five years and it served me and the family very well. The Qashqai has lifted the bar for me and has delivered on having a great spec at entry level. If the sales guy had been any good he could have shown me the spec on the next model up and I would have bought that,but hind site is great. I will definitely go for the next model up the next time. Bad points: There is a bit of engine noise but I did have a 1.8cc before. Tyres will be a bit more expensive. I wish that they would have changed the hand brake position and the heating controls can be difficult to reach when you are in 5th gear. Could have done with a pocket at the back of the front seats for the kids to store their books in. Good points: Plenty of room in boot and cabin and good height advantage. Good fuel consumption and looks good in black. An all round great car
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