Nissan Qashqai Review - How Did I Feel About The WhatCar? Best Small SUV?
On our forecourt a Nissan Qashqai turned up ready and waiting for me to review! It had been quite some time since I had something with such impressive size under my control so I was bursting with excitement. Of all the reviews so far the Nissan Juke remains my favourite car - full of fun and character, but how would I feel about the Jukes big brother?
Nissan tell us the Qashqai is ‘ready to take on whatever the road throws at you’ so with that in mind I jumped in and headed to Snowdonia National Park! With rugged landscape dominated by mountains, littered with valleys and with gradients of 16% on long winding roads a common occurrence, the Qashqai should be put through its paces!
I was so inspired by the Welsh countryside I have decided to deliver this review in the form of a traditional Welsh poem – so enjoy my Cyhydedd fer to the Nissan Qashqai ...
My long journey to Wales began
Diesel was a very wise plan!
Firstly to get comfortable
The seat and wheel – adjustable!
Miles of motorway to travel
Will driving feel like a hassle?
In the Qashqai it was easy
Cruise control made it so peachy
Set your miles per hour and sit back
The Qashqai keeps your speed on track
Changing lanes was not alarming
With smart blind spot monitoring
Could I take a call on my phone?
Yes! Bluetooth means I’m not alone!
But will I ever lose my way?
No- Nissan Sat Nav will soon say!
How did I cope driving in Wales?
When the rain sprinkled down in gales!
It was not a trouble for me
With Rain sensing wipers I could see
On steep gradients I was swift
With help from Hill Start Assist
And if my behind got chilly
The heated seats worked quickly
With parking sensors all around
Not a single dent can be found!
I was safe the entire time
5*’s from NCAP are divine!
These are only a few of the features you can find on the Nissan Qashqai – everything you could possibly need is there ready for you including Fatigue Detection System, Lane Departure Warning, Service Interval Indicator, Intelligent Parking Assist, Automatic Headlights and plenty of cupholders for in car refreshments.
There was really nothing bad I could find to say about the Qashqai! It really is the fun of an SUV for Hatchback prices with up to 66.10 mpg available my trip to Wales was surprisingly cheap! With quite a large car to move and being a diesel the 0-62 mph time of 10.5 seconds is reasonable and with a top speed of 118mph all those who aren’t racing drivers should be satisfied.
If I was pushed to find something to criticise ………. One look up revealed one of my least favourite features in a car …….. A panoramic roof. Why oh why do I need a giant window that doesn’t open? I’m just not getting it, it becomes very confusing for me – am I in a car or a greenhouse?
The Nissan Qashqai I was driving was the DCi 130 Tekna 4 wheel drive in Gun Metal, other colour options available are Flame red, Blade Silver, Pear Black, Ink Blue, Bronze, Magnetic Red, Night Shade and Storm White.
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2 February 2016
Written by Natalie Faughy