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Qasqhai still a sensible option


A STALWART in the Nissan stable, the Qashqai has made a name for itself in the soft-roader segment, thanks to its good build quality and decent finish.

However, with a host of new models being launched by manufacturers to challenge the likes of the Qashqai, this oldie is starting to show its age. Now I don’t say that like it’s a bad thing, because what the Qashqai has over the “young guns” like the Mitsubishi ASX and Citroen’s C4 Aircross is maturity and reputation.

Since launching the Qashqai+2 a few years ago, sales have continued to tick over thanks to the car’s ability to deliver on the little things like ride quality and comfort.
Powering the derivative we had on test was a 1.6-litre motor, that generates 81kW of power and some 154Nm of torque.

The rather busty vehicle cruises along nicely on the open road and has a claimed top speed of 177km/h while the claimed fuel consumption is 7.4 litres/100km. It’s still a vehicle that makes a lot of sense to those active consumers who are looking for adventure without sacrificing comfort, particularly in city driving.

While the additional two seats in the boot have become common practice in this segment, they do add a touch of practicality and convenience for the buyer.

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