Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi 4×2, to the test. Is it the reference position in the crossover?

Nissan Qashqai is one of the vehicles most successful in Spain. In 2015, sold a whopping 23.832 units, and became its own right in the sixth best selling car in the country. Nissan owes much to the Qashqai: current dominance in one of the segments most hot and profitable market – the compact crossover – and his rise from the ashes in Europe, after years of poor sales and business prospects. The Nissan Qashqai is reference and leader, and this test we want to see if it deserves such a position.

What do you need a crossover to be a leader?

For a crossover to succeed at a commercial level, the most important requirement is a design that is attractive and popular.

plain and Simple, sell a lot of. The key is why it sold so many units the Nissan Qashqai, surpassing institutions compact as the Opel Astra or utilitarian blockbusters such as the Renault Clio. I sincerely think that one of the keys to the success of the Nissan Qashqai, but the main one is its design. After the generational change in 2014, the Nissan Qashqai won in modernity and attractiveness. Nissan knows what is the recipe for success in Europe and has cooked up a car with the ingredients to all over the world like.

nissan-qashqai-2016-prueba-15-mdmWheels dimensions generous. Of course, our test unit wore 19-inch alloy wheels. A lot of body in relation to the glass surface. Your buyers feel protected in its interior, and offers that image lasts to the outside. Chrome, LEDs and a few lines of expression, both in your side profile like in your hood. The result is a car that in general like. Even among the staunchest enemies of the crossover and the SUV’s I found critical voices in the face of your design.

The cars enter by the eyes, and a crossover goes especially for the eyes. If we analyze the rivals closer to the Nissan Qashqai, both in sales and in positioning, the common denominator is a checked design and personal: Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Volkswagen Tiguan, Renault Kadjar… all have personality very marked. Without it, I would have expected a long journey in the desert. However, it must not neglect the occupancy or benefits of a crossover, whose client type is demanding.

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Livability, practicality and design

The interior of the Nissan Qashqai stands out for its generous dose of space, large trunk and large rear seat.

Nissan has also done a good job in your car. In your time I tried the Nissan Qashqai of the previous generation, and I remember one of my largest complaints were the qualities of the interior. It was very spartan, with a design bland and qualities are questionable. The european buyer demand quality, visual appeal, and technology. The Nissan Qashqai doesn’t have the best finishes of their segment, nor the best interior design, but your technological equipment and habitability on board are beyond any doubt.

nissan-qashqai-2016-prueba-25-mdmagain, the virtue is the balance of the Nissan Qashqai. Keeps interior a reasonably interesting in terms of visual appeal, without sacrificing the functionality you need. The finishes of the Qashqai I have found to be even better than its brother, the Nissan X-Trail, that abuse of hard plastics. We find good cushioned on the dashboard, hard plastics of good fit in the center console and instrumentation excellent read. I’m Not so in agreement with the use of black plastic bright.

Under the central armrest there is a tray perfect for coins or a smartphone. Under this tray there is a large water bottle.

Lining the center console, in areas in constant contact with our fingers, trapping dust and fingerprints with excessive relish. The shifter is surrounded with a discrete orange LED and a leather upholstery of good quality. If not I admire the hand brakes electrical, I have to admit that free space in the center console. Nissan has installed in their place two large drink holders and a huge load compartment under the central armrest. The glove box is not large, and is not illuminated or refrigerated.

nissan-qashqai-2016-prueba-45-mdmThe seats of the Nissan Qashqai have a good lateral support and our body just moves in curves. In addition, the set-up of the cockpit are generous and allow that riding position high that both like to the customers of the segment. The gear lever is to hand and all controls are intuitive. With the exception of some controls of the infotainment system, there are no ifs and buts in terms of ergonomics. In the rear seats space abounds even more than in the squares in front.

Even if your trunk has a correct size, rivals like the Kia Sportage or Renault Kadjar possess trunks of larger dimensions and cubicaje.

Even five people can travel comfortably, with lots of space for the legs and not so much for the head, especially if the car is equipped with panoramic roof. Its ISOFIX are well visible. In a car designed for long trips, the trunk is key. Cubes 430 liters of maximum volume of storage – taking into account a double moving floor that increases in a few liters in volume. By folding the rear seat (60/40) achieves a surface flat charge of 1.6 cubic metres of volume.

is Worth more to a video than 1,000 words, so we put a GoPro on the head to analyze the modularity of the trunk of the Nissan Qashqai.

At the wheel of the best-selling: 4×2, 1.6 dCi

The good insulation is joined to a suspension firm, but comfortable. And Nissan Qashqai is a devourer of kilometers.

The mechanical combination of the Nissan Qashqai, which we tested is one of the most sold. It is a engine 1.6 dCi 130 HP, associated to a manual change of six relations and front-wheel drive. The greater part crossover never leave the asphalt, and it is logical that the vast majority of cars sold are 4×2. This engine is the turbo most powerful of the range, and offers a great balance between performance, recovery and consumption. On paper, it makes the 0 to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds and consumes an average of 4.6 l/100 km

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If there is something to highlight of the engine is its elasticity. From the 1,400 pushes with great force – his torque is 320 Nm at 1,750 rpm – and won’t rest until well past 5,000 rpm. No, it is not a typo. It is elastic as well as a few diesel in its class and with respect to the 1.5 dCi 110 HP… comparisons are odious. I do Not recommend the 1.5 dCi 110 HP to not be that the budget is very tight: the benefits are very higher, its running refinement is excellent and its consumption to actual are going to be virtually identical.

The suite of active safety of Nissan Qashqai there is only overshadowed by an infotainment system functional but clearly outdated.

Speaking of consumption, a cycle extra-urban with speeds of between 120 and 130 km/h – the reality of our highways – is settles with average of around 5.5 l/100 km. The consumption is reduced to less than 5 l/100 km on roads with a lower speed. In city the fuel consumption will not exceed 8 l/100 km if you do not weigh too much right foot. The city is going to be the ground common of the Qashqai, and there is where I see essential to the vision system edge in 360 degrees – series from the finish N-Connecta.

nissan-qashqai-2016-prueba-36-mdmThis system allows you to control everything that happens around the car, and it is especially useful when you park it; the visibility towards the back of the Qashqai is not good – demands of the crossover design. In addition, from the finish Tekna, the car has a number of automatic parking and a full suite of active safety: boasting detector vehicle at a standstill, the wizard of involuntary change of lane, cross traffic alert, rear, control line and a detector of fatigue at the wheel.

And what are you doing? So the touch driving has convinced me. Their swings are contained in curve, and the suspension has a great compromise between firmness and comfort, it is not as dry as the Nissan X-Trail. For its size and family orientation is a car agile, with a box of changes of touch somewhat disappointing, but the direction is more than correct with good feedback. As is common in Nissan, the nanny electronics is intrusive and avoids misbehaving, even with ato set-up very safe.

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how Much is the Nissan Qashqai? What is the reference?

The drive tested has a current price of 28.075 euros after the implementation of the Plan PIVE.

a Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi manual with front-wheel drive and finish Tekna. Its price is 28.075 euros including the provision of a vehicle to the Plan PIVE 8 – whose funds are nearly exhausted. Its standard equipment is openly premium: Shield of Protection Smart, 19-inch alloy wheels, vision camera on 360 degrees, automatic climate control, leather upholstery and heated seats, automatic parking, etc, In my opinion, finish N-Connecta is currently the purchase is more logical.

nissan-qashqai-2016-prueba-6-mdmWith this engine, its price is 25.475 euros, and already includes the infotainment system is more advanced and the Protection Shield Smart vision cameras edge. Its tires are 18-inch – which is actually an advantage – and it does not have leather upholstery. Is 2,500 euros cheaper than the Qashqai Tekna, and just as capable. After this analysis, it is time to put the cards on the table: do you really deserve the Nissan Qashqai to be the benchmark of its segment? what Are the best your competitors?

Has rivals formidable new generation, as are the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson – both of them even more spacious and aggressive design – and all in all, his reign seems unalterable. Their prices are in the middle of the segment, and rivals cheaper as the Suzuki Vitara not get hurt. The Nissan Qashqai eyes, and your condition of pioneer makes it virtually impossible to move it from the throne. It is a car whose recipe has been created by and for Europe, with a balance enviable in all the factors of the successful crossover.

His rivals have only one thing to envy the Nissan Qashqai: the throne. And are more than qualified to lure him away from.

time will tell: he has earned his position of reference pulse and its second generation has capitalized well beyond the successes of its first generation – becoming the car most important part of the european history of Nissan. However, the leader must not fall asleep on its laurels, because the asian competition pisa, stronger than ever, and the Nissan begins to see the ears of a wolf with a single objective: to seize the throne with a winning proposal without a single point skinny. Looming storm.