Long term report: Nissan Qashqai
As we wave goodbye to our previous generation Qashqai, I not only wave hello to AOL Cars, I welcome the arrival of our shiny new Qashqai Tekna, complete with eye-catching, optional, Ink Blue paintwork.
It is to be my partner in crime, potentially even my soul mate, as we explore our nation's glorious road network together over the coming months. Whether we're circumnavigating High Wycombe or munching whole sections of the M6, we'll be going through it together.
This is my first experience in a Nissan, although not in the 'crossover' sector that it created, after having had a Ford Kuga for just over a year recently. First impressions of the Qashqai are good. The Tekna delivers a lengthy specification list, including heated leather seats, touchscreen navigation, panoramic roof and climate control. It's a pleasant place in which to sit – something of a good thing considering I'll be spending much of my time doing just that.
Externally, I think Nissan has done a great job with the aesthetics of the second-generation Qashqai. It's been helped in this instance by the optional 19-inch wheels and that striking metallic colour option.
I was unsure as to how our car's 1.2-litre petrol motor would perform in its duties of moving the crossover's spacious body around, but I'm pleased to report that it actually doesn't do a bad job of it. The turbo spins up nice and early, delivering a good spread of nearly 200Nm of torque from 2,000rpm, and belying its physical size. I think the uninitiated would be surprised to find out that it's such a small motor doing the work up front. How well it copes with the rigours of motorway driving is a bit early to say, but we'll be sure to let you know over the coming months.
Author: Ben Morley
Model: Nissan Qashqai Tekna
Price: £23,670 (as tested)
Engine: 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol
Power: 115bhp, 190Nm
Max speed: 115mph
Mileage this month: 1,421
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