The new Nissan Qashqai is impressive but is it worth your attention?
Some say that the Nissan Qashqai was the first crossover to hit the market. It was the vehicle that pioneered a segment that has become one of the most popular in the world. Even sports car makers have dived head first into the crossover segment. However, the crossover is supposed to be a vehicle that offers a cross over point between hatchback and SUV. The new Qashqai is better than ever but is it still a pioneer or just another player in an ever evolved segment?
The Nissan Qashqai has been a popular compact crossover SUV since its debut in 2006. Over the years, the Qashqai has undergone several updates and revisions to keep it competitive in an increasingly crowded market. However, the latest iteration of the Qashqai is perhaps the most significant update yet, bringing a range of new features and technology to the popular model.
The Qashqai has a sleek, modern exterior that combines aerodynamic lines with a powerful stance. The lines are subtle and elegant, while the overall look is one of sophistication. A bold front grille and sharp lines that give the car a muscular and athletic stance. The design is modern and edgy and much admired when compared to the previous model which now looks extremely dated.
Inside, the Qashqai is spacious and comfortable, with high-quality materials used throughout the cabin to create a refined and inviting atmosphere. The NissanConnect suite of features has also undergone an evolution, and now offers a more connected service with the latest and greatest in audio technology, connectivity, and mobile integration. Nissan has clearly taken the approach of less being more and simple controls offset the large 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
In addition to these advanced features, the new Qashqai also boasts a range of other technologies designed to make driving more convenient and enjoyable. These include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a 10-speaker Bose premium sound system. The Qashqai also features wireless charging, a panoramic sunroof, and a range of other amenities that are sure to impress even the most discerning drivers.
Nissan is rather proud of its advancements in semi-autonomous driving and the new Qashqai offers Level 1 autonomy in the Acenta Plus grade. The new Qashqai is the inclusion of Nissan's ProPILOT advanced driver assistance technology. This system uses a range of sensors and cameras to provide a range of safety and convenience features, such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking. The ProPILOT system is designed to make driving safer and more relaxing, allowing drivers to enjoy the journey without the stress and fatigue that can come with long periods of driving.
Nissan has elected to only provide a 1.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine. Producing 110 kW and 250 Nm, the Qashqai sends power to the front wheels through a well-programmed and stepped CVT gearbox. Three drive modes allow for drivers to enjoy a more sprightly response from the gearbox, engine and steering.
Overall, the all-new Nissan Qashqai is a great option for those looking for a stylish, and reliable crossover. With its modern exterior styling, spacious interior, and plenty of tech and safety features, the Qashqai is sure to be a hit with drivers of all kinds. The only problem is that for the model that we tested here one will have to fork out a lot of money. At testing the car has a price tag of around R670 600. It is a bit steep in our opinion but one would have to get behind the wheel and try it for yourself.