Test: Nissan Qashqai 1.6 DCI 130 4X2, or compact SUV ¿?

Renew a sales leader is the most complicated task for a manufacturer, too many changes and run the risk of reversing the trend. Let's see if the new Nissan Qashqai platform meets expectations.

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Nissan itself recognizes: It is not easy to replace a bestseller that has left the bar so high. With the Qashqai, Nissan gambled with a vehicle nor was SUV nor was a saloon, the two things at once. Then strange concept but totally common today. The move went so well that rivals were quick to react and go to meet. It was an ugly and not particularly attractive car, but won over the crowd by being different, aesthetics away all terrain SUV world then and closer to that of a conventional tourism, but keeping up SUV. In addition, he rounded with a range, good engines, different drive systems and two sizes of body. In short, a complete and different car. Now comes the first major change to the second generation, which premieres new platform, renounces long body and provides the same mechanical and transmission strategy. It has superior visual quality, aesthetically more appealing and announces most energy efficient and dynamic; analyze plays.

Not what impression you cause your new aesthetics but the general tone of all the reviews I've gathered is that apparently now closer to an SUV yet, and that is lower than 3 cm before; I do not say this as a criticism but as a feature. The answer to this can be the model that Nissan plans to draw on the same basis, to be built in Barcelona and, undoubtedly, will complement to offer an even more complete range. Whatever the reason, we are facing a good car, those who can recommend without fear of being wrong.

Enhanced Interior

Nissan QashqaiThe much more modern, outward appearance is complemented by an interior to match. Sobriety of the previous generation is now going to design more care. It is maintaining quality, but better-looking materials, at least as far as the dashboard and instrumentation refers. It is better equipped as standard, which complements technologically advanced systems which now estilan, Nissan grouped under the name Smart Protection Shield, formed by the dead angle control, fatigue detector, motion detector, notice of a frontal collision, the recognition signal, the automatic color lights, etc.

There are more comfort seats, front and rear and top longitudinal dimensions as earn up to 3 cm in the space of rear legs. The internal width does not vary and, despite being lower, the new design of seat and platform allows gain 1 cm is not bad. If you do not know the above, with the new Qashqai will have a good half inside saloon, the best of the online market and what they offer SUV rivals, who only earn him inside height, although the data from Nissan is not bad. Out of the rear seats in this generation it is slightly more uncomfortable than the previous; space by leaving the foot is reduced by 4 cm, with the added disadvantage that the wheel arch hinders the operation. Not critical, since you can enter and exit the car without problems, but remarkable compared to the previous one.

The capacity measured by us the boot has been undermined in this generation in 30 liters, offering less space than most of its modern rivals, exceeding 500 liters capacity. The explanation is shorter than them. The 455-liter has go far, but they are little when compared with rivals SUV or compact family members who are registering figures of around 600 liters. There are greater modularity in the cargo space, with double bottom (Included in the measurement of the 455 liters) and a system with two lids can partition the hole. To the sides, two practical hooks for shopping bags not open. There are large gaps in the whole interior, highlighting that is under the front armrest supporting a bottle of 1.5 liters of water standing.

At the wheel

Nissan QashqaiIt offers a really good overall refinement. Just the engine sounds and vibrations do not reach the occupants, even for the steering wheel the driver. This feature remains in virtually all sections. Very comfortable suspension, more than before, and therefore not going soft on the road. He is putting them liked. It seems to be true the greater structural rigidity announced for this platform, which has allowed them to soften the set without spoiling the dynamic qualities. Moreover, the absence of a direct confrontation I daresay this frame is more effective than previous. Not tired occupants and it is obedient to the drawn. To look for defects chassis must put the Qashqai in situations for which it is not intended. At this critical point, prevailing criteria well moron ESP little but betting on sports safety; I think dynamically from now will be put in the Segment reference positions. Its height allows certain dalliances for clues in good condition, but in the end are tires which put the limit, and this unit with its 19-inch wheels unnecessary, you are limited only to the asphalt.

The prestacional level is similar to the previous generation engine identical. This has been slightly shortened developments in the first three speeds, maintaining the same for the next three. This allows you largest urban agility, which contributes to its rolling so nice. Consumes less thanks to the Stop / Start system and a more conservative electronic management. Consumption data was the 1.6 dCi Renault were already good, are now better, ranking with 5.4 l / 100 km average between the segment savers. If you drive quiet and you ignore the recommendations of the scorecard you can move in stockings reach about 4.5 liters without it torture. The Tekna 19 finish" our test unit was equipped it to the brim with items you often do not need, especially for just over € 29,000 it costs. I I recommend you look into finished more modest, as they continue to offer a good standard equipment and an even more competitive price. It was a good car and it still is.