Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2015 Nissan QASHQAI TS.
What’s a Nissan QASHQAI? Well, it’s just the new name for the old Nissan Dualis.
Engine choice is limited to two units – 1.6 litre turbo-diesel producing 96kW/320Nm and using 4.9L/100kms combined, and 2.0 litre petrol producing 106kW and 200Nm and using a claimed combined 6.9L/100kms, transmission choices are six-speed manual or CVT auto.
So, what’s it like? Well, I have to say the new Nissan crossover is very impressive. The attractive looks and really good quality fit and finish throughout are backed up by a really pleasing drive experience.
The 96kW’s of power produced by the diesel engine in the Nissan QASHQAI is a little modest and this means that initial acceleration, especially in the ‘Eco’ drive mode, is fairly pedestrian, though the 320Nm of torque does give the crossover adequately long legs on the highway and good hill climbing ability.
The engine can be a touch noisy at times as well, but really, the QASHQAI has a tough and rugged feel about it and I actually quite enjoyed my time behind the wheel of it. Steering, ride, and handling – all exceeded my expectations.
From the driver’s seat, visibility to the front and front ¾ is excellent. Fairly chunky C pillars do tend to make rear ¾ visibility fairly limited however.
Big wing mirrors help increase that rear visibility and a rear vision camera is standard in all grades of the QASHQAI.
Speaking of standard features, this grade of the QASHQAI boasts a long list of handy inclusions, including; electric park brake, key in pocket central locking, push button ignition, dual zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and streaming and auto headlights and wipers.
Clear and easy to read gauges, simple and fuss-free climate adjustments and well-placed controls are just some of the cabin highlights. You will also be impressed by the overall look and feel of the plastics and materials used through the interior – nice work Nissan!
There is also a sub-floor storage space that provides a little bit of extra space in the boot.
I’m pleased to say however that the new Nissan crossover is a well thought-out and well executed quality vehicle that is just the right size, is economical and has a really generous list of standard features.
Give the Nissan QASHQAI a go!
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Nissan QASHQAI TS
Engine: 1.6 litre turbo-diesel producing 96kW and 320Nm or 2.0 litre petrol producing 106kW and 200Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or CVT auto
Safety: Five stars
Origin: United Kingdom
Price: From $25,850