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We get super cosy with Nissan’s very plush Qashqai. Can the third iteration of the car that basically helped reinvent the SUV continue to woo the British motoring public to open their wallets? – follow our journey here…

Report by Percy Lawman – Senior Product Content Manager

Update 1: Introduction

Introducing the Nissan Qashqai Tekna XTronic

Fifteen years after the introduction of the first-generation Qashqai, Nissan has now launched the third generation car. Back then in 2007, the Qashqai was seen as a bit of a gamble with the new family ‘SUV’ [Sports Utility Vehicle] concept hoping to introduce a different spin on mainstream motoring. The idea being that the great British motoring public needed something more akin and in touch with their varying and expanding lifestyles.

The idea of the SUV/Crossover was born. A car that was equally happy in a town or city environment, but had that additional ruggedness associated with the off-road world. Of course, not all SUVs are pure 4x4s, very few actually – but since 2007, the motoring arena has been awash with SUV’s coming in from every angle and a multitude of manufacturers. The choice has grown massively over the years and continues to be immense. As you can imagine, competition is fierce.

Our friends at Nissan’s press office have kindly lent us a new third generation Qashqai and we’re here to put the new recruit through its paces. The great thing about running a vehicle over an extended period is that you can really get inside the skin of the car. Things that you like become more apparent and of course those little things that niggle in the back of your mind and never seem to fade away are always in the discussion.

Our new colleague is OE21 NXH – a 1.3 DiG-T MH 158ps Tekna+ 5dr Xtronic in a very deep pearlescent grey. It seems to be the ‘In thing’ during the last 12 months or so that many motor manufactures now seem to offer a premium metallic grey colour option.

Chatting to friends outside the pub one evening, an older chap mentioned that ‘We used to call that primer!‘ He has a point and coming from a similar generation, I know what he’s referring too. But having had a similar colour scheme on a MK8 Golf that I’d run in 2021, I know that many people really liked the colour scheme and commented the fact. It did look smart. To be honest, the modern-day finish is a much more intense and refined affair than just a dull grey primer finish – so it gets my vote and actually looks very bright and sharp. The ‘Ceramic Grey Pearlescent’ paint comes as a worthwhile factory option at £745.

The car has only one other factory fitted option and that’s the Two-Tone Ceramic Grey & Pearl Black Roof [£400]. On the road price is £36,125, topping £37,200 including the two factory options. All other equipment mentioned in this article are standard fit items. As we’ll mention later, the equipment list is very comprehensive indeed. You’ll certainly not be lacking anything.

One exterior item that’s also included as standard fit equipment is the monstrous 20-inch alloy wheels. Now, we’re not quite into ‘monster-truck’ territory but certainly riding on the same route. The wheels are yes, [REALLY] big and chunky. They make a car [that already stands high and proud], lift itself skywards. The view from the cabin once seated is if you are sitting one floor up with a vast panoramic view in front of you. In a car that actually feels bigger than it is, it’s a welcoming introduction and you don’t feel too intimidated.

At home, the Qashqai sat next to an older generation Kia Sportage which was fitted with ‘17s’ and it made the Sportage look very small in comparison.

As you’d expect, the alloys are fitted with premium rubber. The OEM Michelin Primacy 4 235/45 R20 V-rated tyres will set you back a hefty £225 for each one, replacing on a like-for-like basis. No small outlay and I’m sure owners will be pretty conscious of that fact that they will be £900 lighter in the pocket after purchasing a new set of four.

The present Qashqai range includes only two engines. Both are mild-hybrid 1.3 DiG-T petrol variants producing 138 and 158ps with either manual or Xtronic auto gearboxes. There are no diesel or purely electric options. Our own car is the 158ps variant with the Xtronic automatic gearbox.

>> Check out the specs of the new Nissan Qashqai here

With the vast number of SUVs on offer, today’s market place is a pretty crowded affair and competition rife. With the likes of key rivals such as the SEAT Ateca, the Kia Sportage, Skoda’s Karoq and the upmarket Peugeot 3008 – our Qashqai needs to really be punching above its weight.

So, stay tuned with us over the coming months as we get to know our Qashqai more intimately, living with it on a day-to-day basis.

Latest Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DiG-T MH 158ps Tekna+ Xtronic – Running costs
Current mileage 10450
Real-world average fuel economy 54.87 mpg, (23% above official average)
Official combined fuel economy (WLTP) 35.5 – 51.6 mpg
Total outlay for fuel £91.89
Joined Parkers fleet and start mileage April 4th 2022 [9802 miles]

Percy Lawman – 29 April 2022