Nissan has unveiled the 2014 Nissan Qashqai. The Qashqai’s 2014 predecessor was an instant hit. It quickly became a bestseller in Britain due to its versatile 4×4 features, its practical family running costs and its great looks. Over 50,000 Qashqais were sold in 2013. Competition quickly heated up, with rival manufacturers entering the market with their new practical and stylish SUVs.
Nissan was quick to release the 2014 second generation version of the popular family SUV. Although the 2014 version is slightly dearer, the new hatchback SUV crossover is packed with new in-car technology features
and a wide choice of economic engines to choose from.
The new Qashqai has kept up with the chunky and bold styling of the latest 2014 hatchbacks and SUVs. The modern looking crossover is much sleeker than its predecessor, with its contoured doors, cladding around the wheel arches and its angular nose. Its raised ride height also gives it more of a 4×4 look and feel.
Nissan has remained practical with the styling as it has incorporated a new tailgate which opens 150mm higher, making the boot more accessible. Top of the range models have two tone alloys, a panoramic glass roof and chrome details inside and out.
The interior now features a larger boot, as the previous seats in the boot have been removed, and an upgraded cabin. It is crammed with in-car technology and, overall has a new high quality feel.
What is it like to drive?
The Qashqai has been stripped of all its unnecessary weight and is now 40kg lighter, allowing for better handling which makes it great fun to drive. The engine at the bottom of the range is a 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is great for hauling your family around urban areas and is impressively smooth and quiet.
1.5 and 1.6 litre diesel engines are also available, but it’s the 1.5 that provides the the best performance with great affordability and boasts an impressive 70 mpg.
The on the road the ride is comfortable and feels very secure, and Nissan’s attempt at sportier handling has definitely paid off.
Should you buy one?
Definitely; if you liked the previous Nissan Qashqai, then you will certainly like the 2014 version. More mature, better looking, extra features and greater handling, the 2014 Qashqai is a serious contender for car of the year.
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