Economical, comfortable and reliable
Added: 15th of October 2016
I have owned my Qashqai two years, solely purchased to be an economical and reliable runabout, to replace a Fiesta that we always felt was too low when sitting in it. The Qashqai is very easy to drive, a nice feel to the gear box and foot pedals. The steering is accurate and it handles well. I am very pleased with the fuel economy, and it is surprisingly very comfortable for a modest car ( we now use the Quashqai a lot and mainly keep the 4x4 for towing). The only downside of a small diesel engine is the lack of power initially moving off, some more gear changing has to be done than with a bigger engine, and allowing more space for overtaking. But when it is rolling will sail along easily at ... somewhat faster than one should on a motorway. Plastic interior is functional more than smart, but it is easy to keep clean. The seats are supportive and the drivers seat can be moved enough for different height drivers to be comfortable. And you can alter the rake of the steering wheel. The lights are good. The heater and air con are most efficient, and the controls are simple. The steering wheel mounted radio and cruise controls are handy. It carries four adults in comfort, and the boot is spacious. A minor gripe, the hand brake is way over to the side of the passenger seat, somewhat unnecessarily I think. And I'm not too fond of the finger lift to obtain reverse. The gear knob is comfortable, but has scratched and the chrome effect worn off, so that looks shabby. On the whole we are very pleased with the Qashqai, and is doing the job we want if for. When it is time to change the car we might upgrade to the bigger engined model, but will definitely consider another Qashqai.