The Nissan Qashqai is a trusty old friend of mine, we’ve already met in several occasions, like here, here and here, and it hasn’t let me down either times. The model chosen for this new test is the Qashai+2, which is basically a regular model equipped with 2 extra seats, for a total of 7.
Engine and Transmission
The model we’ve chosen was equipped with the impressive 1.6 liter dCi diesel engine, which is producing a total output of 130 HP and it has a peak torque of 320 Nm, available from 1,750 rpm. The unit is mated to a six-speed manual transmission which is sending power to either the front-wheel or the all-wheel drive, depending on the mode selected. There is also a Lock mode for when you want to go off-roading and, believe me or not, the Qashqai won’t let you down once the road will end. You even get an automatic Stop / Start system which can be turned off at the touch of a button.
We’ve already tested the 1.6 liter dCi engine, along with the six-speed automatic transmission, on another version of the Qashqai, and that indicated 8.5L / 100km in the city, with the AC on, while on the highway, again with the AC on, at 120 km/h (cruise control) it read 6.2L / 100km. There isn’t much of a difference in the Qashqai+2 even if this weighs 1,696 kg and the regular version stands at 1,562 kg. The official fuel consumption figures stand at 7.7L / 100km in the city and at 5.1 on the highway. These figures can be achieved in real life and so the Qashqai+2 isn’t far in this chapter.
Just like in every other version of the Qashqai out there, the Qashaqi+2 is surprisingly comfortable in long drives and making a daily commute won’t annoy you either, because speed bumps and small holes in the asphalt will be carried to your service bill rather than “eaten” by your kidneys. What I’m trying to say is that the Qashqai+2 isn’t a Rolls-Royce Phantom in terms of suspension settings but it won’t let you down either.
Besides the two seats added in the trunk, which gather the number of people who can go inside legally to 7, the Qashqai+2 is identical to other versions available on the market. However, you have to keep in mind that this is still a C-segment crossover and so the rear seats are mostly created for large families with children, because an adult can’t get on them an even if he / she does make it on the third row of seats, the ride will be anything but pleasant. Access to the extra two seats is made easily by sliding the second-row forward and even with the third row up, you still get some space in the trunk for a small bag or two, so this is a good alternative to more expensive rides and to MPVs, which, let’s be honest, are driven by mommies or old people who can’t afford an SUV.
The current generation of the Nissan Qashqai has scored a 5-star rating when it was tested by Euro NCAP a few years ago, but the safety standards have changed and so the future generation will have to be even better in order to get the same safety rating.
Likes / Dislikes
The version chosen for this test was the mid-range Acenta, and this means that you will be missing on features like the heated front seats, the Bose premium sound system, full leather seats, push-button start and some other minor things, but you will still get that wonderful full-length panoramic sunroof, the satellite navigation system, the round-view monitor, the Stop / Start system, multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB, Aux, dual-zone climate control and the mode to select between 2WD, 4WD and Lock.
On the down side, the Qashqai+2 is still suffering from that small vibration felt in the steering wheel whenever the Stop / Start system will restart the engine and we’re starting to feel that outdated design in the cabin. Don’t worry because this will soon change as the next generation of the Qashqai is already being tested. This should become available for order sometimes next year.
20,000 EUR for the base version
30,000 EUR for the model tested