Took delivery of this car nearly 3 months ago and cannot fault the ride, access, driving positon, and equipment. However, point it at a hill and prepare for a slow ride. Been back to the dealer and I was told "You're not the first customer to tell complain about that" and "Well its a small engine for a big car" That was it. No interest in taking it out for a test run - obviously because it is a known problem with this model. Sorry Nissan - your model is nearly perfect but your after sales is far from it.
Took delivery in March expecting great things from the new engine. Engine is smooth, responsive, stop/start good, one of the best small diesels i have drove however the main reason i have this car was the quoted mpg up to 60ish mpg. Well after nearly 3 months and 2500 miles mpg has crept up from 39mpg to 40mpg and that is gentle driving although mainly urban I do feel some what cheated by Nissans claims. Previous 5 Volkswagen diesels all managed well in excess of 50mpg. The Qashqai is a good car however i cannot see the mpg improving. This is the first time in nearly 25 years i have not had a VW or Audi on the drive, big mistake will be changing back asap. I might be helping the local economy by buying Nissan but at a cost! Nearly forgot 1 recall so far.
Suspension poor, engine weak1.6 petrol, gear box mushy and seats rubbish. Oh and interior cheap. Franco Jap crap.
What a disaster. I specifically selected the 2.0dci model in order to get the better performance. I had come from a Volvo V50 2.0 diesel, and on paper the Qashqai has the same torque at the same engine speed and some 16bhp more power, but the manner in which this power is delivered means that there is hardly any usable torque below 3000rpm, and with a 4500 rpm red line, the driavability of the car is just awful. The Volvo would have left it for dead in any gear. Initially this problem was hidden because I was diligently running the car in, but when I did come to use full throttle, I was convinced that there was a problem. The dealer response? "We test drove it and compared it with an identiacal model and there's no fault". Their conclusion is that it is a characteristic of remapping the engine to meet Euro V requirements and nothing can be done - Euro IV spec cars have excellent performance, apparently. The result of this is that it has do be driven like a petrol car. Want to overtake at 40? Foget it in 6th...or 5th...or 4th. Want to pull out quickly at a junction? First gear and boot it well into the red is the only way - even then it's heart in mouth time.
When cruising along it's okay, but the engine is very "gruff", and the aircon pretty poor, so not, as What car have it, a four star car at all.
So, panoramic roof, satnav, leather, reversing camera, all very nice, I'm sure, but like having a high def tv with a nice frmae and no picture, all a bit pointless. Avoid!
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