Long term report: Nissan Qashqai

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The strangest thing happened as I returned, keys in hand, to our parked Qashqai long-termer recently.

Approaching from a distance I could see what looked like a couple walking by it but then, as I got closer, I realised they were actually walking around the car, admiring it.

"Is this the new Qashqai?" the man asked confidently as I unlocked the doors. I was in no particular rush and so I told him that, sadly, our 1.6 dCi 360 was the outgoing model.

And therein lies one of Nissan's biggest problems in the coming months.

The current Qashqai's so good that enticing people out of the old and into the new will be a real challenge. But if I owned our 360 long-termer would I be ready to trade up? Yes, but only because I know first-hand how good the new Qashqai is.

And I suspect that's a problem Nissan dealers will encounter quite a lot in the coming weeks and months.

If they can get people into the driver's seat of the new model they'll be blown away and it will be an easy sale.

But Qashqai drivers are a rightly contented bunch, and getting them to consider something new or different will be difficult.

The knowledge

Model:
Nissan Qashqai 360
Price: £22,090 (as tested)
Engine: 1.6-litre, turbocharged diesel
Power: 128bhp, 320Nm
0-60mph: 10.7 s
Emissions: 135g/km
Mileage this month: 2,761

Author: Mal Hay