The Nissan QASHQAI+2
Nissan QASHQAI

First introduced in March 2007 the Nissan QASHQAI has proven a great success, winning awards for customer satisfaction. It has been highly praised by the motoring press and has sold very well and another plus point is that it is a British built car.

Based on the Nissan QASHQAI Crossover (a mix of 4x4, car and MPV) the Nissan QASHQAI+2 can, as the name suggests, carry two more passengers than its five seater sibling - seven in total. Although visually and mechanically similar, there are a number of fundamental changes that have been made to the structure of the Nissan QASHQAI to create the seven seat +2 version.

The Nissan QASHQAI+2 range starts at £15,795 for the entry-level VISIA model and rises to £25,845 for the top specification automatic n-tec 4x4 coupled to a 2.0 dCi diesel engine.

There is a choice of 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol engines and 1.5 and 2.0 dCi diesel engines, ranging from 115 PS to 140 PS (petrol) and 103 PS to 150 PS (diesel).

Although the tough little Nissan QASHQAI+2 looks like a 4x4, it does not have to be; you have the choice of either a 2wd or 4wd model line up.

We drove the 2wd Nissan QASHQAI+2 n-tec, 6-speed manual fitted with the 2.0 dCi diesel engine.

How It Drove - Performance

There are two petrol and two diesel engines, the entry-level diesel unit uses the most powerful version of Renault's acclaimed 16 valve 1.5 dCi (K9K) engine, developing 103 PS (76 kW) with 240 Nm of torque which is fitted as standard with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

We drove the 2.0 dCi which develops 150 PS (110 kW) and 320 Nm of torque, which can propel the manual Nissan QASHQAI+2 from 0-62 mph in 10.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 118 mph.

The 2.0 dCi drives the front wheels through a new six-speed manual transmission, while the four-wheel drive version offers a choice between the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions.

Nissan quoted a combined fuel consumption figure of 42.2 mpg for the six-speed manual 2WD model while CO2 emissions are 177 g/km.

We loved the diesel engine and it really proved itself over our mixed test route, offering a good blend of performance and refinement.


Published : 05/08/09 Author : Melanie Carter

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