Nissan Qashqai: A new owner

New year, new driver

It's a new year and a new driver for our Qashqai. Matt, who previously looked after the Nissan, has moved on to pastures new down in the big smoke. So the keys have found their way to me. I'm Percy, the production manager for Parker's and I'll now be running the Qashqai

I currently own a 2005 Nissan Almera 2.2 dCi SXE - the model that was effectively replaced by the Qashqai, so i'm familar with Nissans. My initial impressions are good. The engine in this may be considerably smaller, but for a 1.5 dCi it is very perky around 2,500rpm. The main power band is quite narrow, but overtaking is painless and the engine delivers where it's needed.

On the road

The handling is well balanced too. On the road it's not too soft and doesn't roll excessively in corners. It's also good over speed humps and pot holes, absorbing them well. And for a vehicle that sits quite high it feels surprisingly nimble on twisty roads.

Living in a rural area means access to a multitude of farm tracks and bridleways. Our Qashqai is a two-wheel drive version, but still copes very well with rough roads and bumpy grassy fields where standard hatchbacks like a Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf would struggle.

It even managed to negotiate a rather large mud hole and a ford with about 18-inches of water without any problems! Of course for off-road purists the 4x4 option that's available with the larger 2.0 dCi and 2.0-litre petrol models would be ideal. 

Current mileage: 2695

Average mpg: 45.8