It doesn’t take much to see why What Car? has already awarded the new Nissan Qashqai two prestigious titles: Car of the Year and Best Small SUV. The new Qashqai combines all the best qualities of a smaller city car with the robust practicalities of a sturdy SUV.
Its sweeping roofline and curved bonnet with narrowed headlamps are the ultimate expression of agility, while its raised rear end is evidence of its exceptional all-terrain handling capabilities.
You can mark the 2016 model out from its predecessors by its exclusive alloy wheel design.
Inside, the crossover feel of this compact SUV is more immersive than ever. Its supportive raised seats give you a spectacular view of the road for an empowered driving experience every time.
An intuitive dashboard layout puts all the controls you need at your fingertips, and you will delight in the touch of luxury fabrics used to line every surface. The new premium upholstery looks even better with the contrasting elegant chrome detailing.
But the centrepiece of the new cabin has to be the new drive computer that comes as standard. In one convenient console you will get detailed trip information, sat nav, music streaming capability and hands-free phone call connectivity.
The powertrains under the bonnet are just as impressive. There is a wide choice of configurations for drivers: petrol or diesel, two-wheel or four-wheel drive, manual or automatic transmission. The 1.5-litre dCi diesel is the most powerful, providing punchy acceleration with 260Nm torque. The addition of start/stop technology and new efficiency measures also means the new Nissan Qashqai achieves a rare feat for an SUV: it produces tax-free carbon emissions of 99g/km. Filling up will not be a problem either, as fuel stops will be kept to a minimum thanks to an incredible economy of 74.3mpg.
Standard safety kit has also been improved with new active assists designed to help you maintain stability and ride control under all circumstances.
Euro NCAP’s five-star safety rating for the Qashqai’s previous incarnation is effortlessly retained, as these driver assists make a useful addition to traditional safety features such as three-point seatbelts, multiple airbags and speed-sensitive automatic door locks.
To discover the new Nissan Qashqai for yourself, please enquire or book a test drive at South West Nissan in Somerset & Devon.