Inautonews.com has recently tested the Nissan Qashqai 2.0 dCi AT facelift in the snow.
The facelifted version of the Nissan Qashqai, especially in the top end 2.0 dCi AT version, is a very underrated crossover compared to its skills.
Engine and Transmission
The Nissan Qashqai in which we went for a spin cam with the 2.0 liter dCi engine, which is actually the top of the line for diesel units, generating a total output of 150 HP. The power produced is more than enough to assure your daily commute and as strange as it may seem, this is also enough if you want to take it on a short road trip and even on some small off-roading. The 150 HP are being sent to the two-wheel or to the all-wheel drive via an automatic transmission, the same one found on other models in Nissan’s range. The gearbox is a “must” in this configuration, even if you will use your crossover occasionally or daily, because it will make your life easier.
When we previously tested this version a few months ago, on a hot summer’s day, the fuel consumption refused to drop below 11.2 L / 100 km, with the AC on an in two-wheel drive mode, even with gears shifted at 2,100 rpm, in an urban environment, while on the highway, the crossover has settled to 7.2 L / 100 km, with the same dual-zone climate control on, in two-wheel drive and with the cruise control set at 120 km/h. With the AC off, the fuel consumption has dropped to 6.9 L / 100 km.
Driving the Qashqai 2.0 dCi AT in winter on a road covered in snow is completely different than driving it in the summer and the fuel consumption indicated in 4WD was 6.3 L / 100 km, which is quite an achievement, considering the fact that the medium-sized crossover was one of the few vehicles on this road. The fuel consumption was achieved with all electric systems turned on, from the seat heater, to the climate control and the audio system.
Just like we previously said in our review back in mid-2012, the Qashai has been developed for an urban environment, so the level of comfort offered in the city is more than enough to let you forget that you’re in a Japanese vehicle and the quality of the materials used throughout the cabin will quickly make you compare it to its German rivals made by BMW or Audi.
As strange as it may seem, the Nissan Qashqai can get you out of almost every situation quite easily, which we found out by mistake after over-sleeping and waking up in a snow which was almost half a meter in some areas. In our amazement, we didn’t have to call our friends to tows us and in 4WD and with winter tires, the Qashqai quickly went where no vehicle has dared to go that day, without being stuck even once on a 20 km road where the local authorities forgot to send some snow plows. Visibility was great, all electric systems were doing their job perfectly from the heated side mirrors to the seat heater, and last, but not least, that impressive gearbox with “Lock” function.
Likes / Dislikes
If we previously hated the automatic transmission which made the Qashqai feel like an underpowered 3-ton vehicle in two-wheel drive back in 2012 on a dry mountain road, we quickly fell in love with it in the snow, in 4WD. The fuel consumption of the Qashai AT could be easily improved with a start / stop system, which can be simply carried over from the 1.6 dCi MT. As a conclusion, after being stuck in the snow and seeing what the Qashqai is really capable of, I can’t wait to drive the future generation of the model and if it will be even better than this one, I would definitely consider buying it.
You can read our previous and full review on the same Qashqai 2.0 dCi AT here.