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2010 nissan qashqai road test



The popular Qashqai has exceeded Nissans expectations in sales as UK car buyers like the flexibility and space of this compact SUV.

  • Popular alternative to traditional hatchback
  • Efficient diesel engines
  • Good looking, stylish car
  • Rear seats are a bit cramped
  • Bounces over poor roads
  • Questions over quality in places

Nissan have refreshed the 2010 range with a new bonnet, front bumper, wings, grille and headlamps. At the rear, the overall shape of the lights remains unchanged, but they now include an aerodynamic feature to reduce drag. Inside the main dials have re-designed for added clarity, a redesigned drive computer is positioned between the two dials with white LCD screen shows instantaneous and average fuel consumption, mileage, time, cruise control and speed limiter settings plus low-level lighting around the front footwells. One of the most significant changes to the Qashqai range is the addition of a new Pure Drive variant to produce environmentally efficient economy and emissions. Engines come as petrol engines - 1.6-litre achieving 45mpg and 2.0-litre achieving 36mpg. Diesels 1.5-litre dCi achieving 55mpg, 1.6-litre dCi 57mpg and 2.0-litre dCi achieving 47mpg. 2WD and 4WD, manual and CVT automatic. With adjustments to suspension to improve ride, stylish looks and efficient engines the Qashqai?s popularity is likely to continue.