Qashqai – Perfect family all-rounder

Then, in 2014, the second generation arrived and again proved to be a popular choice among local buyers.

What’s in the name?

Nissan named the crossover after the Qashqai people living in mountainous Southwestern Iran, and made the name popular after introducing the car in markets across the globe.

In the US it’s known as the Nissan Roque Sport.

Why a Qashqai?

Razor sharp styling makes the Nissan one of the best looking crossovers on the road.

It looks the part no matter where you go.

The vehicle is well proportioned and has that extra ground clearance needed for our rough roads and weekend trips into the countryside.

As far as luxury features go, the Qashqai comes standard with a host of nice-to-have’s.

Depending on the derivative, fancy gadgets like keyless entry, electric speed sensing steering, 7-inch touch screen, around-view monitor and hands-free Bluetooth connectivity are some of the standout convenience and luxury features.

Four engines

In the six-model range there are four engines to choose from; a turbo-petrol 1.2 (85kW/190Nm), a 1.5 turbo-diesel (81kW/260Nm), a 1.6 turbo-petrol (120kW/240Nm) and a 1.6-litre turbo diesel (96kW/320Nm).

All four return excellent fuel economy figures with the 1.5 turbo-diesel being the most frugal at 5.0-litres to 100km.

Transmission options consist of a sleek six-speed manual and Nissan’s Xtronoc CVT unit.

Family safety

Being a family orientated vehicle Nissan loaded the Qashqai with all the necessary safety equipment to give you peace of mind.

ABS is of course standard and on top of that there are Vehicle Dynamic Control, Hill Start Assist, an electric park brake and Electronic Brake Force Distribution.

Six airbags – driver, passenger, two side impact bags and two curtain bags – provide further protection in case of an accident.

Space for all

Its slightly oversized body ensures plenty space for front and rear passengers.

Even with the seats all the way back, rear legroom is ample and ensures a comfortable journey.

Luggage capacity with the rear bench up is a healthy 430-litres but if you need more it can be increased to a massive 1585-litres if the bench is let down.

There are also many personal storage options all around the cabin for items like tablets and bottles.

Trust in Nissan

Another aspect to consider is Nissan’s extensive, country-wide dealer network.

The owner of a Qashqai will never need to go too far to service his vehicle or to get technical backup.

Nissan ‘s also have decent resale value.

A three-year/90 000km service plan, three-year/150 000km roadside assistance and six-year/150 000km mechanical warranty means Nissan has you covered for a long time in a Qashqai.

To test drive the Qashqai visit Imperial Nissan Zululand

Wannita Smith

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