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Nissan qashqai 1.6 diesel review

Versatile Crossover Vehicle Offers Decent Fuel Economy and Equipment

The Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dci 130 Tekna is a very versatile car.

For starters, this crossover class vehicle has higher than average ground clearance and four-wheel-drive, a real benefit when the road is wet, icy or snowy.

It also enables it to easily cruise through fields to find (say) a camping pitch or overflow car park. The system can be locked to front-wheel mode in normal conditions to save fuel.

Powered by a 1.6 diesel engine, this vehicle is capable of reaching 62mph in a respectable 10.9 seconds and boasts 57.6mpg on the combined cycle.

Alternatively, it can be locked to four-wheel mode or automatic. The latter only sends power to the rear wheels when it is required.

The Nissan Qashqai seats five people and has the cargo capacity of a medium-size estate car. The boot is an impressive 430-litres, rising to 1,585 when the rear seats are folded flat. The boot also incorporates extras such as a parcel shelf that can be placed under the floor when it is not required.

This eliminates the problem of where to store it when transporting awkward loads. The boot can also be easily partitioned to protect fragile items and keep things tidy.

Specifying Tekna trim means that the Qashqai comes with lots of equipment. The Nissan Qashqai steers itself into parallel and perpendicular parking bays. The driver simply initiates its park assist system and controls the throttle, brakes and transmission.

This complements the around view monitor that provides an all-around, aerial view, of the surrounds to make manoeuvring in tight spaces easier.

It also minimises the risk of a minor mishap. Images come courtesy of a camera on each side of the vehicle and a screen on the dashboard. The Qashqai has forward emergency braking too. This monitors the road for hazards then calculates the necessary stopping distance. If the driver then fails to react to (say) a slowing vehicle he/she receives an audible/visual warning.

If no action is taken, it brakes to avoid a collision or mitigate its severity.

These features live alongside high beam assist that automatically flicks between headlights and main beam based on the position of oncoming traffic.

The Qashqai also has lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. The former tells the driver that the car has wondered off-line, the latter confirms which road signs it most recently passed.

The confident handling and pleasing look complete this versatile package.

Model: Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dci 130 Tekna; Price: £28,280; 0 to 62mph: 10.5 seconds; Top speed: 118mph; C02: 129 g/km; Consumption: 57.6mpg (combined).

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