The third edition of the Nissan Qashqai, the car that started the crossover phenomenon in 2007. All new, only petrol hybrid and produced as always in England, will arrive in dealerships between the end of June and the beginning of July. 443 cm long, 4 more than before, it boasts strong lines. The front is modern and personal, where the full LED arrow headlights that surround the mask stand out, and from which very evident oblique profiles that house air intakes start. The side is played on the large wheels, up to 20 inches in diameter for the more luxurious Tekna + version, and on the momentum given by the base line of the windows that rises towards the rear. The deep ribs in the lower part further streamline the whole.
Big screens and small pockets
The cockpit of the Nissan Qashqai it is modern, but the style does not want to surprise at all costs: it focuses more on elegance and practicality. The dashboard can have analog instruments or, in the richer versions, a configurable 12.3 ”display (two graphics available for speedometer and tachometer) which provides a lot of information and can also show the navigator map. The Tekna + in the test also features a very effective head-up display, which projects the main data onto the windshield, in an area of 10.8 ”. At the center of the dashboard there is also the 9 ”multimedia system screen. Quick and intuitive, even if with not so refined graphics, it is connected and offers many functions, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto without cable and the possibility of sending the chosen destination to the navigator from the mobile phone; four USB sockets are provided (two under the central armrest and the same number for rear passengers) and the plate for wireless charging of smartphones. The controls are generally comfortable (but the knobs and buttons of the dual zone automatic climate control have little visible writing in some light conditions) and the finishes are good, with many soft plastics and only a few details (such as the drawer) made in economy; small, however, the pockets in the doors.
High seat, low steering wheel
The seats of the Nissan Qashqai they are large and enveloping, as well as equipped, in this version, with heating, electric controls, back massage function and soft black leather upholstery. Decidedly raised, they guarantee good visibility, but the driving position did not completely convince us: although equipped with wide adjustments, the steering wheel is rather tilted forward and tends to remain too low or too close to the chest. Nothing really uncomfortable, but there are many cars that allow you to better carve out your position. Habitability is good: there are four comfortable seats and a fairly comfortable fifth (the center of the sofa is a little less soft and is raised). In addition, access to the rear seats is greatly facilitated by the doors that open at right angles. The boot capacity is 504 liters: 74 more than before, and an absolute good value. The upholstery is neat and there are bag hangers and two ceiling lights, as well as the floor (in two parts) that can be positioned at different heights. The sofa is reclining in two parts, but there is no through hatch for long loads, and the loading sill is high: it is 75 cm from the ground.
Stable and responsive
The new body, based on the CMF-C platform, is 60 kg lighter, as well as more than 40% stiffer, thanks also to a greater use of high-strength steels, aluminum alloy for the doors and the front hood. , and of composite material for the tailgate. The steering is also new, more direct, while the rear suspensions are different for the 4×4 versions and for the Tekna +, which have 20 ”wheels: they are fitted with a multilink system instead of the simpler torsion beam reserved for the others. At the wheel, the Nissan Qashqai it is much more responsive than before: the steering is more direct and ready. There is a bit of roll in the curves tackled quickly, but the refined rear of this version guarantees stability even in rough maneuvers; braking is easy to measure and comfort is good, if not on rough or very damaged asphalt, where the rolling roar and stiffness of tires with such a low shoulder becomes evident.
Good engine and good gearbox
For now, the new one Nissan Qashqai the light hybrid versions arrive, with the 1.3 turbo of 140 or 158 horsepower flanked by a small electric motor generator; they are also 4×4 and automatic. From 2022, they will be joined by the innovative full hybrid with 190 horsepower, where the electric motor will drive the car, while the petrol one (with variable compression ratio) will drive the generator. The average consumption for this version (front-wheel drive only) should be around 19 km / l. We drove a front-wheel drive 1.3 automatic, which is only offered in the 158 HP version. The engine is very spirited and quite ready, and the gearbox also convinces. Although structurally with continuously variable ratio, it does not behave like those of scooters, making the engine speed skyrocket when accelerating decisively. Here it is positioned on seven “gears”, which can also be selected with the paddles on the steering wheel, and boasts a good reactivity; then one of the advantages of this type of transmission remains, namely the possibility of widely spreading relationships. And so, in seventh, you travel at 130 hours with the engine at less than 2000 rpm, with advantages for noise (very low) and consumption. According to official data, on average these are the same as those of the version with manual gearbox; we, after a mixed route tackled with a certain panache, read about 14 km / liter on the on-board computer.
From 25,500 euros
The price of this version is high, but it must be taken into account that just by switching to the manual gearbox (with good maneuverability) you spend 2,190 euros less. And then, the Nissan Qashqai Tekna + is truly full optional; in addition to the accessories we have already mentioned, we remind you that the Bose hi-fi with ten speakers, the panoramic roof, the electric defrosting windscreen, the motorized tailgate and much more are standard. Prices start at 25,500 euros for the 140 horsepower 1.3 (however lively, we drove it) with manual gearbox and Visia set up. Which comes standard with manual “climate”, electrically adjustable mirrors, full LED headlights, push-button start and many driving aids, including adaptive cruise control and rear parking sensors. But for the alloy wheels, the dual-zone automatic “climate” and the multimedia system (with 8 ”display), it is necessary to switch to Acenta, which starts at € 28,940.
In our opinion
> Access to the sofa. The rear doors are large and open at right angles.
> Endowment. There is a lot as standard: from the most modern accessories, which improve practicality and safety, to the most fanciful ones.
> Engine. The 1.3 pushes boldly and never makes too much noise.
> Storage compartment. The pockets in the passenger compartment are not large.
> Driving position. The steering wheel stays a little too low in relation to the seat.
> 20 inch wheels. They satisfy the eye, but when the asphalt is not smooth they cause some noise too.