Long term report: Nissan Qashqai
One of the many problems with me is that I'm quite competitive. Okay, that's a lie, I'm actually very competitive. If there is something to be won, or beaten, I have to do it. If I don't, it can almost literally be the end of my world for at least five minutes or so.
The Qashqai manages to appeal to my competitive nature at least twice in every journey. But the problem is, the two 'contests' in question directly conflict each other. If I win one, I'm almost certain to lose the other. Which leaves me with something of a quandary.
The first of these hotly-contested challenges is one that I'm sure most warm-blooded males can relate to. I like to call it 'beat the sat nav'. If the sat nav says I'm going to be home at 18:35, every fibre in my body wants to be home by at least 18:30, if not earlier. I have to admit that I usually win.
However, that victory is not without sacrifice. The sacrifice being my other favourite game; 'beat the MPG'.
The Qashqai clearly knows my dilemma and does try to help me out by returning impressive fuel economy figures, even whilst I'm trying to claw back three minutes on a clear stretch of the M6. The boosted 1.2-litre engine manages to sip gently at the unleaded.
I'm regularly seeing mid to high 40's on the MPG calculator AND I'm getting home earlier. I believe that's known as a win.
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: 861
This month's highlight
Beating the sat nav by a full seven minutes recently. Did I mention I'm a bit competitive?