Nissan Nissan Qashqai Hatchback 1.3 DiG-T MH Acenta Premium 5dr

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  • 44 MPG
  • Petrol
  • 0 - 62mph 10.20 seconds
  • 143 g/km
  • MANUAL
Solid - Flame red Standard (ex. VAT)
Special solid - Arctic white £208.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Blade Silver £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Pearl black £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Ink blue £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Gun metallic £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Pearl - Pearl white £620.83 (ex. VAT)
Special metallic - Burgundy £620.83 (ex. VAT)
Pearl - Ceramic grey £620.83 (ex. VAT)
Special metallic - Fuji sunset red £620.83 (ex. VAT)
Special metallic - Magnetic blue £620.83 (ex. VAT)
Cloth monoform - Black Standard (ex. VAT)
Heat pack - Qashqai £358.33 (ex. VAT)
Connectivity Pack - Qashqai £775.00 (ex. VAT)
Tyre puncture repair kit Standard (ex. VAT)
Space saver spare wheel £108.33 (ex. VAT)
Solid paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Special solid paint £208.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Pearlescent paint £620.83 (ex. VAT)
Special metallic paint £620.83 (ex. VAT)
Rear view camera Standard (ex. VAT)
Nissan connect 8" touchscreen infotainment system Standard (ex. VAT)
Wireless charger £125.00 (ex. VAT)
17" alloy wheels
Leather steering wheel
Front cupholder
Passenger seat back pocket
Height adjustable front headrests
Driver seat back pocket
4 grab handles
Chrome interior door handles
3 rear headrests
Glovebox with light
Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
Centre console storage tray
Sunglasses holder
60/40 split folding rear seat
Multifunction steering wheel
2x Rear coat hooks
2 way electrical driver lumbar adjustment
Driver and front passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Front centre console and armrest
Rear door bottle holders
Luggage space lighting
Two rear isofix child seat anchorage points with top tether
Steering wheel switches
Manually adjustable passenger (slide recline + lifter)
6 Luggage hooks - 4 on floor, 2 on side
Dual zone automatic climate control with pollen filter
Cloth monoform upholstery
12v power socket in dashboard and luggage
Front door with bottle holders
Leather shift knob
Hard trunk cover
Rear roof spoiler
Bodyside mouldings
Automatic dimming rear view mirror
Follow me home headlights
LED daytime running lights
LED Headlights
High beam assist
LED rear lights
Body colour mirror caps
Body coloured door handles
Shark fin antenna
Intelligent auto headlights
Three blink turn signal
Splash free rain sensing wipers
Auto rear wiper when reversing
One touch front and rear electric windows with remote opening and closing
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with LED turn indicator
Electric auto folding door mirrors
Partially body coloured bumpers
Chrome side window finisher
6 speakers
Bluetooth audio streaming
Front USB connections (Type-A and Type-C)
AM/FM audio system with DAB
Trip computer
Push button starter
Electric speed sensitive power steering
Lane departure warning system
Intelligent Cruise control (ICC)
Traffic sign recognition
Rear cross traffic alert
Rear parking sensors
Blind spot warning
Intelligent lane intervention
Intelligent driver alert system
Lane departure prevention
Emergency and breakdown call
Idle stop/start system
Intelligent forward collision warning
Drive modes (sport, normal, eco, snow)
Maximum speed limiter
7" High definition full colour TFT screen combimeter
Android auto/Apple CarPlay (Wired)
Driver and passenger airbags
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Electronic parking brake
Hill start assist
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
Child locks on rear doors
Auto hold function
ABS, ESP, EBD and brake assist
Driver, passenger and 2 row rear seat belt reminder
Active brake limited slip
Vehicle dynamic control
Intelligent front emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist recognition and junction assist
Intelligent rear automatic braking
Intelligent blind spot intervention
Curtain and front side, far side airbags
3x3 point rear seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
Engine immobiliser
Thatcham Category 1 alarm
Capless fuel filler
Nissan i-key
Remote central door locking with deadlocking
CO2 143
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1332
Compression Ratio 2084
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 587
Gears 6
Transmission Manual
Combined 44.10
Urban 44.80
Extra Urban 44.10
Badge Engine CC 1332
Badge Power 140.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 9.87
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 10.20
Engine BHP 140.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1348
Engine Torque 240.00
Top Speed 122
Front Tyres 215/65 R17
Rear Tyres 215/65 R17
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1625
Length 4425
Wheel Base 2665
Width 1835
Fuel Tank Size 55.00
Weight 1935
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1348
Towing Weight Unbraked 700
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

Nissan has gone all-out to keep this third generation Qashqai ahead of an increasingly competitive chasing pack in the volume brand part of the mid-sized family SUV segment. So it's smarter, classier, cleverer, quieter, better equipped and more sophisticated. British designed and built, this one's going to take some knocking off the number one spot.

Background

Today, our roads are full of Crossover models, compact family-sized SUV-style hatches that blend the practicality of a family five-door with the lifestyle looks of a 4x4. Nissan didn't invent this concept but they've done more than any other brand to perfect it, most notably with this car, the Qashqai. And in its latest third generation form, this car has been rejuvenated - as we're going to see. It's strange now to think what a gamble this model seemed to represent when the first generation version of this design was originally launched back in 2007. Nissan had to make it work because they had no alternative conventional Focus-sized hatch to sell - and they did. Sales took off - and continued strongly with a second generation model launched in 2014, then heavily updated in 2017. Today of course, the mid-sized family SUV market is crowded with rivals from just about every brand. But is the original still the best? Nissan wants us to think so and has loaded this larger, smarter, sharper-looking MK3 model with all of its latest tech to make sure.

Driving Experience

It was time for the Qashqai to make the switch to electrified engineering and, sure enough, that's what we've got. Rather bravely, given that a huge proportion of previous Qashqai customers have tended to fuel from the black pump, diesel has been ditched entirely and instead, customers are being offered the choice of either a mild hybrid four cylinder turbo unit or the brand's latest e-POWER hybrid system. Almost all sales, to begin with anyway, will be of mild hybrid models, all of which use basically the same 1.3-litre DIG-T engine that was offered before (co-developed with Renault and Mercedes), though usefully embellished here with 12V mild hybrid tech. As usual with set-ups of this sort, a small lithium-ion battery gives a fraction more mid-range punch and takes care of engine stop/start duties. As usual with a Qashqai, there's a choice of 6-speed manual or CVT Xtronic automatic transmission. And the 1.3-litre engine comes in 140hp or 158hp forms, the latter available with a much improved 4WD system. The AWD set-up is said to be more intuitive and intelligent, features five driving modes (Standard, ECO, Sport, Snow and Off-Road) and shifts power to the rear wheels five times quicker than the previous system. Handling across the range should be improved by a stiffer CMF-C platform. We should say a little about the e-POWER hybrid engine too, a 1.5-litre unit mated to a l40kW electric motor and offering a total power output of 190hp.

Design and Build

This third generation Qashqai is not only a sharper looking thing, it's also a little bigger too, having needed to grow in size to keep a distance from the brand's smaller Juke SUV. It's 35mm longer, 32mm wider and 25mm taller than the previous generation model but Nissan has been careful to try and maintain the compact exterior dimensions that endeared customers to the MK2 design. There's an enlarged Nissan V-Motion grille flanked by LED matrix headlights You'll notice key changes inside at the front too, where there's a new 'NissanConnect' 9.0-inch high resolution touchscreen offering wireless 'Apple CarPlay' and, according to Nissan 'just about all that's available in the market' when it comes to app-based and connectivity features. Top models get a 12.3-inch instrument screen and a 10.8-inch head-up display that's the segment's largest. The centre console's been redesigned with extra storage. The more ergonomic seats and more adjustable. And there's a cap-less fuel filler that can be opened externally, replacing the old driver's footwell release lever. On auto models, the new space saving gear shifter for the new 'shift-by-wire' CVT auto gearbox is much smaller but replicates the physical action of a traditional lever that customers tend to prefer. Out back, the differences in the size of this MK3 model are really evident if you've traded up from the previous model, helped by a 20mm increase in wheelbase length. Knee room for rear occupants has grown by 28mm to 608mm. The boot (which can now be accessed by a gesture-controlled powered tailgate) is much bigger too, now rated at 500-litres in size (50-litres bigger than before), with a compartment beneath the floor wide and deep enough to store the parcel shelf.

Market and Model

Prices haven't risen too much, so most models will continue to be sold in the £25,000-£30,000 bracket. In the mainstream range, there are five trim levels, 'Visia', 'Acenta Premium', 'N-Connecta', 'Tekna' and 'Tekna+. Prices start from just over £23,500 for base 'Visia' trim. Generously-specified Premiere Edition models are also being offered from £29,270 for the 1.3 DiG-T 140PS Mild Hybrid Manual (6-speed), or £31,790 for the 1.3 DiG-T Mild Hybrid 158PS Xtronic automatic model. Across the standard range, there's plenty to spend extra money on if you have the budget. Large 20-inch wheels are available for the first time, as is a head-up display. And audiophiles will be drawn to the Bose Premium sound system. It features 10 speakers plus Bose's Acousticmass bass box located in the boot for a crisp, powerful sound. This Qashqai can also be equipped with the next generation of Nissan's 'ProPILOT' driver assistance technology - though mostly only if you specify the Xtronic auto gearbox. Called 'ProPILOT with Navi-link', the latest system is able to accelerate and brake the vehicle within a single-lane on a highway. This set-up takes care of steering duties and can adapt to things like changing speed limits. And 'ProPILOT with Navi-link' can communicate with the Qashqai's blind-spot radars to help intervene with a steering input correction to help prevent a lane-change manoeuvre if there is a vehicle in the blind-spot zone. Other upgrades include a 'flank protection' warning for urban situations, which alerts the driver of the risk of contact with an object on the side of the vehicle, typically when turning into a supermarket parking space. And the Qashqai can also intervene to prevent a collision upon reversing from the space thanks to an upgrade on the existing Moving Object Detection alert, applying the brakes to stop the car if a moving obstacle is detected nearby.

Cost of Ownership

We've remarked before that mild hybrid technology promises more than it ultimately delivers in terms of fuel frugality and CO2 benefits - and so it is here. The figures produced by this third generation Qashqai's mild hybrid 12V 1.3-litre DIG-T petrol units are improved, but not by very much over the equivalent powerplants of the previous model. In WLTP terms, think in the region of 40mpg on the combined cycle and around 120g/km of CO2 for both versions of the mild hybrid engine. The mild hybrid system adds just 22kg to the overall vehicle mass. When decelerating, energy is recovered through regeneration and stored in the lithium-ion battery for use in acceleration or when the car is using its stop/start system. Qashqai customers for whom efficiency is everything will be drawn to the e-POWER full-Hybrid model, which is of the self-charging (ie. Non-Plug-in') variety. This electrified unit differs from those of other Prius-like full-Hybrid powerplants in that the petrol engine is unconnected to the driven wheels and is instead used exclusively to power the electric motor. Nissan reckons this set-up can deliver better fuel economy and enhanced emissions, while also providing the instant acceleration of a pure electric car. The Qashqai e-POWER, like Nissan's LEAF full-EV, also offers an 'e-Pedal' which can be used for both acceleration and deceleration. Plus this model can drive for small distances (under two miles) with the engine off.

Summary

Building a Crossover vehicle is easy. Building one as good as this Qashqai is a whole lot tougher, as competitors have found. Nissan has done all the expected things in order to keep this third generation design current - sharper looks, engine electrification, a bit more interior space - but at heart, this Qashqai offers much the same kind of family-orientated Crossover package. Which existing customers will very much like. But will fresh converts be attracted to this rejuvenated model? That's more difficult to say. There's an awful lot of competition from an awful lot of very talented rivals out there. And the Qashqai is no longer the bargain it once was. Still, this remains a car from a brand that clearly knows its market. It's still a benchmark. And it's still a starting point for anyone buying in this segment.