The Nissan Qashqai is considered to be a crossover vehicle. This means that it is a combination of an ordinary hatchback and an off road vehicle. It is available as a two wheel drive and four wheel drive, and, whilst not having all the features of a true off roader, it does work very well and safely on harsh road conditions. It also offers all the benefits of a standard hatchback.
Four engines are available, two petrol and two diesel. The petrol engines include a 1.6 and a 2.0 litre, which deliver 115 bhp and 140 bhp respectively. The diesels engines include the 1.5 litre dCi which will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 12.2 seconds and has a fuel economy of 54 mpg; and the 2.0 litre dCi which develops 150bhp. Six speed manual gearboxes are standard on all models apart from the 1.6 litre, which has a five speed gearbox. Automatic transmission is also available.
Driving the Qashqai feels very much like driving a conventional hatchback. Its additional height, compared with a conventional car, does mean there is a little more body roll when cornering steeply, but otherwise it is a joy to drive and easy to manoeuvre in tight situations. It is also very comfortable.
The four wheel drive version will distribute up to 50% of the torque to the rear wheels, which makes it much safer when driving on snow and ice or muddy road conditions. Off road it fares better than a normal car, though it is not a full off-roader.
It is not that easy to find a used Qashqai as they have been available only since 2007, though with some help from Motors.co.uk you should be able to source one close to where you are.
There is also a Qashqai +2 available which can carry seven people. This was launched in 2008 and is slightly taller and longer than the normal Qashqai. If you need to ferry a group of children to school, this really is the ideal and safe way to do it.
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