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JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Nissan South Africa recently introduced its facelifted Qashqai. Following senior associate editor Ian McLaren’s initial report on the 1,2T Acenta he drove at the local launch, we got our hands on another variant for a three-day test.

Design


The Qashqai now looks slightly more modern than the pre-facelift model, thanks chiefly to its sharper nose. Prominent updates include the V-shaped grille and the LED daytime running lights pointing towards this element. At the rear, the bumper has also been redesigned, while new 17- and 19-inch wheels have been added to the range. Although the width and height of this SUV remain unchanged, the length has increased by 17 mm.

Behind the wheel


The engine choices on offer include the familiar 1,2-litre turbo-petrol and 1,5-litre turbodiesel. Offering 81 kW and 260 N.m versus the petrol's 85 kW and 165 N.m, the turbodiesel derivative makes a strong case for itself.

As before, this small engine makes light work of moving the car through traffic as well as out on the open road. There's not much to write home about below 2 000 r/min, but the engine comes into its own after this mark. The redline arrives at only 5 000 r/min, but there is little point in passing 4 000 r/min, where peak power is delivered. This, of course, leaves you with a small rev range in which to work.

All turbodiesel models are equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. As smooth as this gearbox is to shift, as before (and as was also the case with the manual-equipped turbodiesel X-Trail) it takes a while to learn how much throttle input is needed to ensure you don’t stall the car when pulling away. Sometimes you spin the front wheels as you overeagerly depress the throttle in a bid to avoid stalling.

However, once the Qasqhai is moving, the 1,5-litre performs admirably. And the fuel consumption is even more impressive. With two adults on board and a mixture of city driving and highway driving, we achieved a figure in the low 7 litres per 100 km region, without much effort.

Even though this Qashqai comes equipped 19-inch alloy wheels, the ride quality is impressive, even over rough stretches of tarmac. Another remarkable features is just how quiet the cabin is, even at highway speeds.

Summary

The Qashqai remains an attractive proposition. It still offers a strong balance between performance, fuel economy and comfort, while also adding the necessary safety (it boasts a five-star Euro NCAP rating) and luxury features.

If you don’t mind shifting gears yourself, the 1,5 dCi Acenta Plus is the model most likely to meet the average buyer's needs in terms of standard specification. However, if you desire the ultimate level of safety, the Tekna derivative offers an intelligent around view monitor, intelligent blind-spot warning, cross traffic alert, forward emergency braking as well as collision warning. Needless to say, the Qashqai line-up still appeals to a broad range of buyers.
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Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Leather bolster spartial leather: Standard
  • Leather upholstery: partial cloth + leather
  • Seats quantity: 5
  • Split rear seat: Standard
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Standard
  • Cup bottle holders: front + rear
  • Lumbar support adjustment: front
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Brake assist (BAS/EBA): Standard
  • Traction control: Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 6
  • Lane change blindspot warning assist monitor: Standard
  • Automatic drive away locking: Standard
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings: outer rear
  • Approach home safe lighting time delay park headlights: Standard
  • Hillstart assist hillholder: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Standard
  • Cruise control: Standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • Aux in auxiliary input: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: front
  • Central locking: remote
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Electric windows: Standard
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Auto dim interior mirror: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Heated exterior mirrors: Optional
  • Sun roof: panoramic
  • Panoramic roof: Standard
  • Electric seat adjustment: front
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Frontfog lamps lights: Standard
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Park distance control PDC: opt surround view camera
  • Camera for park distance control: surround view
  • Rear spoiler: Standard
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: diesel
  • Fuel range average: 1548 km
  • Driven wheels: front
  • Driven wheels quantity: 2
  • Gearratios quantity: 6
  • Gearshift: manual
  • Transmission type: manual
  • Electromechanical parking brake: Standard
  • Limited slipdiff: Standard
  • Front tyres: 225/45 R19
  • Reartyres: 225/45 R19
  • Length: 4377 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1806 mm
  • Height: 1590 mm
  • Wheel base: 2646 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 182 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 10.7 m
  • Approach angle: 19
  • Departure angle: 29.3
  • Load volume / capacity: 430-860-1585 L
  • Load volume / capacity: 1585 L
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 1384 kg
  • Load carrying capacity / payload: 491
  • Gross weight (GVM): 1875 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 692
  • Towing capacity - braked: 1350
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 65l
  • Fuel consumption average: 4.2 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 109g/km
  • Power maximum: 81 kW
  • Power maximum total: 81 kW
  • Power peak revs: 4000 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 59 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 260 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 1750-2500 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 260 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 187.9 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: 11.9s
  • Maximum top speed: 182 km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 1461 cc
  • Engine size: 1.5l
  • enginedetailshort: 1.5TD
  • Engine + detail: 1.5 turbo diesel
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i4
  • Cam: dohc
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 16
  • Turbocharger: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 6
  • Warranty distance (km): 150000 km
  • Service plan: Standard
  • Service plan time (years): 3
  • Service plan time (distance): 90000 km
  • Roadside assistance time: 6
  • Service interval (distance): 15000 km
  • Brand: Nissan
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 47060091
  • MMVariant: QASHQAI 1.5 dCi TEKNA
  • MMintrodat: 2017-12-01
  • Introdate: 2018-01-24
  • DuoportarecordID: NissQash2Fe7

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