/ Editors, News, Nissan, Test Drive / Test Drive: Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi MT

Test Drive: Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi MT

Linked In Share
Test Drive: Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi MT

The Nissan Qashqai has been in production ever since 2007 and the model has received a facelift not too long ago. The Qashqai is a compact CUV (crossover utility vehicle) based on the C-segment which is on sale on the J-segment in Europe.

Engine / Transmission

The model we have chosen for this latest test drive was the 1.6 dCi diesel equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, which is producing a total output of 130 horsepower. The unit shortly introduced to the Qashqai model and it can also be found on the Scenic or the Megan. 130 HP on a diesel engine powering a C-segment crossover may not seem like a big deal, and it isn’t when it’s coming with an automatic transmission, but the model we tested had a six-speed manual gearbox, which is a “must” for this model.

When we tested the 2.0 dCi AT Qashqai we said that the automatic transmission is only good in the city but once you will leave the urban environment and head towards the mountains, you will regret buying this version. The manual transmission takes care of this problem and transforms the Qasqhai into an agile vehicle on mountain roads, despite its high driving position and large wheels. Put it in all-wheel drive and everything changes; it will provide you with your daily dose of adrenalin and you won’t be sorry that you didn’t choose the 2.0-liter diesel unit. A good compromise for the automatic transmission would be paddle shifters.

Fuel Consumption

The Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi manual is burning an average of 8.5 liters of fuel every 100 km in the city with the air conditioner on and 8.3 liters of fuel with the AC off. This fuel consumption has been achieved changing gears at approximately 2,000 rpm, but what is mostly interesting is that we couldn’t make the engine burn more than 9.2 liters of diesel even when we changed gears close to the red zone. Things improve once you leave the crowded city and cruise on the highway where, with the cruise control set at 120 km/h and the same AC on, the model only consumed 6.2 liters of fuel every 100 km. With a full tank, the trip computer was showing a range of approximately 930 km, and we believed it, because after just over 500 km made, the fuel indicator was showing almost half of a tank and the range dropped to 390 km.

The Ride

There is absolutely no difference on the comfort ride offered by the Qashqai 2.0 dCi AT and this 1.6 dCi MT and both are surprisingly comfortable. The steering is as precise as it can be on a crossover developed for the C-segment. Visibility is good, under steer comes in late in two-wheel drive and it’s almost impossible to over steer in all-wheel drive, so it’s basically the same as the 2.0 dCi AT version we tested here.

Interior Design

The only difference between the Qashqai 2.0 dCi AT and the 1.6 dCi MT (besides the engine and transmission) was the leather trim and the beige color seen throughout the cabin tricks your mind, which is telling you that it’s even more spacious, but, unfortunately, the leather isn’t so soft as the one in the other Qashqai we tested.

Likes / Dislikes

For someone who will use the Nissan Qashqai daily, the 1.6 liter dCi engine should be the first choice, because of its good fuel consumption which is improved by the stop/start system. The manual transmission is a “must” even if you will only drive it from home to work. We especially liked, besides the engine, transmission and stop/start system, the beige leather interior, which made the little Qashqai feel like a premium vehicle. The full panoramic glass roof is another “must”, as well as the Bose premium sound system.

Besides the other dislikes mentioned when we tested the 2.0 dCi, like the 5-inch display design or the heated front seat controls, we didn’t like the small vibration felt in the steering wheel whenever the stop/start system would start the engine once you will press the clutch. The vibration isn’t strong but it’s noticeable and I guess we can blame it on the diesel engine, which is noisier than a gasoline unit. The version we tested was close to 30,000 euros and this should be the first choice when buying a Qasqhai.

by Cristian Gnaticov (my Google+) - Thursday, October 4th, 2012 - filed under Editors, News, Nissan, Test Drive. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles
1.6 dci 2012 diesel DRIVe drive test fuel consumption gearbox manual Nissan nissan qashqai performance Qashqai Stop & Start system test test drive transmission


Discuss: Test Drive: Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi MT

Leave a Reply















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

Caterham survival takes another step on Monday
Caterham survival takes another step on MondayDec.21 (GMM/Inautonews.com) The future of ailing F1 team Caterham will be decided on Monday. The backmarker team as well as ...
2015 Ford Mondeo arrives in Romania – short test drive inside
2015 Ford Mondeo arrives in Romania – short test drive insideFord Romania has introduced the fifth generation of the Mondeo in Europe, over a 2-day event which has gotten us, automotive ...
Ricciardo pace ‘a factor’ in Vettel exit – Horner
Ricciardo pace ‘a factor’ in Vettel exit – HornerDec.20 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Daniel Ricciardo's surprising pace was "probably a factor" in the decision taken by Sebastian Vettel ...
Ecclestone determined to change 2016 engine rules
Ecclestone determined to change 2016 engine rulesDec.20 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed reports he remains determined to shake up F1's engine rules. We ...
De la Rosa leaves Ferrari, Vergne signs up
De la Rosa leaves Ferrari, Vergne signs upDec.20 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Ferrari has confirmed speculation Pedro de la Rosa is vacating his test-driver post. It was ...
2016 CT6 Cadillac gets streaming rearview technology
2016 CT6 Cadillac gets streaming rearview technologyThe streaming video rearview technology will expand the driver’s vision in the upcoming 2016 CT6, eliminating any rear seat, ...
US: Ally gets out of 6 years bailout
US: Ally gets out of 6 years bailoutAlly Financial Inc. stated that it would finally resolve its bailout after the U.S. government will sell the last $1.25 billion ...
Daimler puts aside €600 million for EU antitrust investigation
Daimler puts aside €600 million for EU antitrust investigationThe Germany-based company, Daimler, stated on Thursday it is putting aside 600 million euros to cover any potential costs that ...
Renault-Nissan and AvtoVAZ merge into Russia’s biggest auto parts buyer
Renault-Nissan and AvtoVAZ merge into Russia’s biggest auto parts buyerAvtoVAZ and the Renault-Nissan alliance will come together in terms of purchasing activities in Russia. The merged unit will now ...
Report – Volkswagen will meet its 2017 cost-cutting goal
Report – Volkswagen will meet its 2017 cost-cutting goalVolkswagen CEO, Martin Winkerton, has said according to a source that the carmaker is on the right track to reach its goal of ...
GM’s bankrupt predecessor helps customers get the $10 billion compensation
GM’s bankrupt predecessor helps customers get the $10 billion compensationGeneral Motors customers gained a new friend in their run for the compensation worth $10 billion. The automaker’s bankrupt ...
F1 to have new engine rules in 2016 – report
F1 to have new engine rules in 2016 – reportDec.19 (GMM/Inautonews.com) F1 is now speeding towards yet another new set of engine regulations. On Thursday at a Geneva ...
GM and Jaguar Land Rover stopped deliveries to Russia
GM and Jaguar Land Rover stopped deliveries to RussiaIn response to the slide in the rouble’s value, automakers, General Motors and Jaguar Land Rover included, decided to stop ...
Uber wants to patent its gouging prices
Uber wants to patent its gouging pricesWhile critics accuse Uber of price gouging over the high fees asked in Sydney for the people who were fleeing a hostage crisis, ...
Ford closes Genk Plant in Belgium
Ford closes Genk Plant in BelgiumWith a production of around 14 million cars over the past 50 years, Ford shut the doors of its plant in Genk, Belgium just a day ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

2015 Ford Mondeo Hybrid 01
Mazda_tokyo_salon
audi_sound_Q7
hyundai_infotainment_carplay_android_auto
Rolls-Royce_Suhail
puritalia-4270
918_crash
Tacoma_teaser0
Ferrari_F12_PP
Lexus_F_teaser0
lamborghini aventador crash india 1
BMW M4 Coupe G-Power tuning 1

More automotive from inautonews
Ford Romania has introduced the fifth generation of the Mondeo in Europe, over a 2-day event which has gotten us, automotive journalists, through all versions, under the close indications of professional racing drivers from the Romanian Rally Championship (Napoca Rally Academy). A nice touch of ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
2015 Ford Mondeo arrives in Romania – short test drive inside
2015 Ford Mondeo arrives in Romania – short test drive insideFord Romania has introduced the fifth generation of the Mondeo in Europe, over a 2-day event which has gotten us, automotive journalists, through all ...
Test Drive: Ford Fiesta ST
Test Drive: Ford Fiesta ST The current generation of the Ford Fiesta ST has been officially presented to the public back in March, 2012, during the Geneva Motor Show, and it ...
Test Drive: Renault Twizy – Back to basics
Test Drive: Renault Twizy – Back to basics Renault has been producing the Twizy for a couple of years now, in its Valladolid, Spain, facility but spotting one on European roads can turn out ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety [Video] Swedish magazine says new Mondeo is heavier than claimed, could be illegal to drive fully loadedTeknikens Värld, a Swedish magazine that became (in)famous back in 1997 for coining the Mercedes ... Recall roundup: Ford vehicles for Takata airbag issue in the USFord Motor Co, the second-largest US automaker has decided to expand the recall of Takata-equipped ...
Safety Section