Nissan Qashqai 2.0 +2

Nissan Qashqai with Johannesburg Gold Mine dump in the background

If the Nissan Qashqai has one thing going for it, its looks. It’s quite a stunner. In addition, it’s practical too. Now with the introduction of the Qashqai +2, sporting seven seats, the range is even better.

The test model is the Q21 model, 2 litre with CVT transmission. Its Nissan’s urban cross-over occupying a spot in the SUV market. The design is modern and conservative, yet robust and appealing. The 2.0ℓ delivers 102kW at 5 200rpm and 198Nm at 4 400rpm.

big 18" wheels makes for good ground-clearance

The large 18” mags with low profile tyres look so good with the rest of the body and these come as standard. This model comes with a six speed automatic Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox with a manual mode. CVT is a system that uses a variable gear, the same sort of gear system found in scooters. However, that’s where the similarity ends. With every trip, I just grew fonder of this new technology. Gear changes are so smooth that you honestly can’t feel them, and I’m not exaggerating. Stick it in manual shift mode and the changes are felt ever so slightly when driving aggressively. One thing I did notice though is that in manual mode, there are six gears, but once in sixth, slip the gearbox into automatic and an overdrive engages. This is great for fuel economy and engine wear when travelling. The ALL MODE 4X4 electronic Four-Wheel Drive System gives you easy selection dial in the centre console. Three modes are available: 2WD (driving the front wheels for optimum fuel economy), Lock mode (with 50/50, front/rear torque spread for off-roading) or Auto mode. Unfortunately, there is no low range or diff-lock. Auto mode is both proactive and reactive. If it senses potential loss of grip, the electronic control unit instantly apportions the ideal amount of torque to the rear wheels. If road conditions suddenly change, it automatically engages the rear wheels to maintain stability. Top speed is a bit disappointing as I battled to get anything over 180 km/h.

flowing lines of the Qashqai

The Qashqai has been awarded the maximum 5-star EURO NCAP rating for adult occupants. It also comes with ISOFIX child anchors to secure child seats. Another safety feature is the front active head restraint system. In the event of a collision, this passive system protects the front occupant’s neck from injury by moving forward to reduce the risk of whiplash.

Overall, the Qashqai seems to be a comfortable, versatile and safe car, but that’s about it. It lacks a certain character and maybe that’s because it is a bit too refined. There is nothing exiting about it. Everything is just there.

Qashqai - pronounced Cashkai... me thinks

the beautiful lines of the Nissan Qashqai

the Qashqai 2.0 engine

Dylan taking photos of the Qashqai at sunrise

the Nissan Qashqai... from the land of the rising sun

 

Words and photos by Dylan Slater

 

Model

 

1.6 Visia

1.6 Acenta

2.0 Acenta

2.0 Acenta CVT

       

Model Code

 

Q18

Q19

Q20

Q21

     

Recommended Retail Price

 

R232,000 (incl VAT)

R253,000 (incl VAT)

R289,300 (incl VAT)

R302,100 (incl VAT)

     

Body type

 

5 Door Hatch

5 Door Hatch

5 Door Hatch

5 Door Hatch

     

Transmission

 

5 speed manual

5 speed manual

6 speed manual

CVT with manual mode

     

Seating capacity

 

5

5

5

5

     

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

 

 

 

 

 

     

Number of cylinders

 

4

4

4

4

     

Maximum power

kW

81kW@6000rpm

81kW@6000rpm

102kW@5200rpm

102kW@5200rpm

     

Maximum torque

Nm

154Nm@4400rpm

154Nm@4400rpm

198Nm@4400rpm

198Nm@4400rpm

     

Engine displacement

cc

1598

1598

1997

1997

     

Fuel type

 

Unleaded petrol

Unleaded petrol

Unleaded petrol

Unleaded petrol

     

Fuel tank capacity

l

65

65

65

65

     

Combined fuel consumption

l/100 km

7.1

7.1

8.1

8.2

     

Top speed

km/h

178

178

195

183

     

Drag Coefficient

 

0.33

0.33

0.33

0.33

     

Acceleration 0-100km

sec

11.8

11.8

10.1

11.3

     

CO2 Emissions Level

g/km

167

167

192

195

     

Emissions Category

 

Euro 3

Euro 3

Euro 3

Euro 3

     

TRANSMISSION & DRIVE TRAIN

 

 

 

 

 

     

1st

 

3.727

3.727

3.727

2.349

     

2nd

 

2.048

2.048

2.105

N/A

     

3rd

 

1.393

1.393

1.519

N/A

     

4th

 

1.097

1.097

1.171

N/A

     

5th

 

0.892

0.892

0.914

N/A

     

6th

 

0.767

0.394

     

Reverse

 

3.545

3.545

3.687

1.75

     

Final drive ratio

 

4.5

4.5

4.438

6.466

     

Drive type

 

2WD

2WD

2WD

2WD

     

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

     

Overall length of vehicle

mm

4330

4330

4330

4330

     

Overall width of vehicle

mm

1783

1783

1783

1783

     

Overall height of vehicle

mm

1606

1606

1656

1656

     

Wheelbase

mm

2630

2630

2630

2630

     

Track : Front

mm

1540

1540

1540

1540

     

Track : Rear

mm

1550

1550

1550

1550

     

Rear overhang

mm

822

822

822

822

     

Ground Clearance

mm

200

200

200

200

     

Tare mass (empty vehicle without fuel)

kg

1194

1194

1239

1259

     

Legal towing capacity - Unbraked trailer

kg

650

650

650

650

     

Legal towing capacity - Trailer with brake overrun

kg

1200

1200

1400

1200

     

Gross Vehicle mass (maximum laden)

kg

1830

1830

1960

1960

     

Gross combination mass (vehicle + trailer)

kg

3030

3030

3360

3160

     

Min. turning circle (kerb to kerb)

m

10.6

10.6

10.6

10.6

     

SUSPENSION

 

 

 

 

 

     

Front(McPherson Strut with stabiliser)

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Rear(Independent Multilink with stabiliser)

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

WHEELS/TYRES

 

 

 

 

 

     

Wheel size/type

 

16" Steel with cover

16" Alloy

18" Alloy

18" Alloy

     

Wheel dimensions (front; back)

 

215/65R16

215/65R16

215/55R18

215/55R18

     

Spare wheel

 

Full size spare wheel 16" Steel

Full size spare wheel 16" Steel

Full size spare wheel 16" Steel

Full size spare wheel 16" Steel

     

SAFETY

 

 

 

 

 

     

Airbags(Driver,Passenger,Side,Curtain)

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Brake type(Four discs all round)

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Anti-lock braking system(ABS)

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Electronic brake force distribution(EBD)

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Brake Assist System(BAS)

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)

 

N/A

N/A

Standard

Standard

     

Child-proof rear door lock

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

ISOFIX child seat anchorage - 2nd row

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Fog lights

 

Rear

Front & rear

Front & rear

Front & rear

     

Front seatbelt: Driver - double pre-tensioner with load limiter.

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Passenger - single pre-tensioner with load limiter

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Front active headrests

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

2nd row seatbelt: 3 x 3 point

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

SECURITY

 

 

 

 

 

     

NATS Immobiliser

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Nissan Microdot

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

EXTERIOR

 

 

 

 

 

     

Roof Rails

 

N/A

N/A

Brushed metal finish

Brushed metal finish

     

Door mirror and handle finish

 

Black

Body colour

Body colour

Body colour

     

Power adjustment, power fold

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Front wipers

 

2 speed + variable intermittent with speed sensor

Rain sensing

Rain sensing

Rain sensing

     

Rear wiper (Single speed intermittent)

 

Standard

Standard With auto reverse

Standard With auto reverse

Standard With auto reverse

     

Halogen projector type head lamp

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Head lamp height adjustment

 

Manual

Manual

Manual

Manual

     

Auto head lamp (Dusk sensor)

 

N/A

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

COMFORT & CONVENIENCE

 

 

 

 

 

     

Luggage capacity (VDA)

l

410

410

410

410

     

Central locking (with speed sensing lock)

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Electric windows(Front/Rear, driver one touch up/down)

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Remote fuel flap release

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Electric power steering (EPS)

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Steering wheel: Tilt & Telescopic adjustment

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Air-conditioner

 

Manual

Manual

Automatic climate control with dual zone adjustment

Automatic climate control with dual zone adjustment

     

Cruise control with steering wheel switch

 

N/A

N/A

Standard

Standard

     

Audio (AM/FM Radio/CD with Auxiliary jack)

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

No of speakers

 

4

4

6

6

     

Audio controls on steering wheels

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Driver & passenger sunvisor

 

With mirror

With mirror & cover

With mirror & cover

With mirror & cover

     

Driver footrest

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Foot well illumination

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Side window defroster

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Rear window de-mister

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Map reading light (Integrated with room light)

 

N/A

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

12V power socket

 

Front

Front

Front

Front

     

Luggage area lamp

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Parcel shelf

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

On-board computer with steering switch

 

With combimeter display

With combimeter display

With combimeter display

With combimeter display

     

Hands-free Bluetooth® system with steering switch

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Front & rear door pockets with 4 bottle holders

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Driver and passenger seatback pockets

 

N/A

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Passenger under seat storage

 

N/A

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Cup holders

 

2

4

4

4

     

2nd row seat configuration

 

60:40 split

60:40 split

60:40 split

60:40 split

     

Seat upholstery

 

Cloth - Visia grade

Cloth - Acenta grade

Cloth - Acenta grade

Cloth - Acenta grade

     

DRIVER'S AREA

 

 

 

 

 

     

Tachometer: analogue

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Trip meter: Twin digital

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Steering wheel

 

Urethane

Leather

Leather

Leather

     

Low fuel warning light

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Airbag check warning light

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Engine oil pressure warning light

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Water temp. indicator warning light

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Oil level warning

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

     

Door open warning

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Seat belt warning

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Gear lever

 

Resin with silver finish

Leather with silver finish

Leather with silver finish

Resin with silver finish

     

Clock

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

Outside temperature gauge

 

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

     

SERVICE INTERVALS

 

 

 

 

 

     

Petrol

 

15 000 km

15 000 km

15 000 km

15 000 km

     

OWNERSHIP

 

 

 

 

 

     

Service plan

 

3 year / 90 000km

3 year / 90 000km

3 year / 90 000km

3 year / 90 000km

     

Roadside Assistance

 

Included

Included

Included

Included

     

Warranty

 

3 year / 100 000km

3 year / 100 000km

3 year / 100 000km

3 year / 100 000km

     

 

 

3 year paint and mechanical

3 year paint and mechanical

3 year paint and mechanical

3 year paint and mechanical

     

 

 

3 year unlimited kilometers anti-corrosion

3 year unlimited kilometers anti-corrosion

3 year unlimited kilometers anti-corrosion

3 year unlimited kilometers anti-corrosion

 

the Qashqai dash

 

It came. It was driven. It conquered. New Nissan 2010 Qashqai, the crossover masters the city.
Forget city style; this is street art. With raised fenders for more wheel-space, a new top-line tail-lights with LED and a sleek dynamic look with uncompromising strength and agility, the new Qashqai is ready to redesign the urban landscape.
With its high driving position for a broader vista, SUV attributes and improved acoustics for a smoother, quieter drive. It’s an urban legend in its own time.
The new Nissan 2010 QASHQAI, is now even more robust and dynamic.
A Refreshing frontal design with a new bonnet, aggressive front bumper, honey-comb grille and vibrant new headlights, give the QASHQAI an air of premium sophistication and presence.
The body contouring headlamps with high beam function reflectors and low beam function projectors as well as the sporty rear spoiler with a 12 LED taillight offers a more aggressive stance. 
The impressive new aerodynamic styling results in improved fuel consumption and lower emissions.
With the sporty 18-inch, 10 spoke diamond cut alloys and brushed metal roof-rails on the 2.0l Acenta models, QASHQAI’S cutting edge styling is taken to a new level.

 

The new Nissan 2010 QASHQAI is the original cross-over, which combines stylish design and sophistication, not only on the outside, but the refinement continues into the interior.
This QASHQAI reflects the "no compromise" attitude of achievers who know what they want and don’t need anyone’s approval.
Experience the ultimate in drive comfort and noise reduction with the state of the art 4-layer dash insulation and acoustic windscreens that optimises the engine noise isolation.
The all new instrument panel with the state of the art technology TFT (Thin Film Transistor), has LCD display which gives added clarity and legibility. Another improvement to the interior comes with the fitment of illuminating lighting around the front foot wells, convenient when getting in and out of the car. There are many other clever functionalities like cruise control, steering controls and Bluetooth hands free kit.

The 2010 QASHQAI turns heads with its range of compelling engines – two lightweight aluminum petrol engines as well as a powerful diesel. 
QASHQAI is available in three specification grades. Visia is bold outside, while the inside trim is relaxed with chic simplicity. Acenta has contemporary elegance, yet retains a subtle sense of style while expanding on Visia’s extensive specifications. With the 4X4 Acenta you can break conventions, rewrite the urban street rules and still be the inspiration that dictates trends. 

The 1.6ℓ petrol delivers 81kW at 6 000rpm and 154Nm torque at 4 400rpm. The 2.0ℓ delivers 102kW at 5 200rpm and 198Nm at 4 400rpm. The powerful 2.0ℓ dCi packs a punch with 110kW at 4 000rpm and a very useful 320Nm torque at 2 000rpm. The 1.6ℓ petrol visia model engine is available in a 5 speed manual transmission while the 2.0ℓ dCi and 2.0ℓ petrol comes in a 6 speed manual transmission.
The introduction of the new automatic Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox, available on the 2.0ℓ petrol, makes the notorious urban traffic a breeze. 
With independent rear multi-link suspension, combined with electrical power steering, the QASHQAI confidently keeps you in control by providing stability around any bend. The QASHQAI also boasts an ALL MODE 4X4 system. The ALL MODE 4X4 electronic Four-Wheel Drive System gives you easy dial selection of 2WD (driving the front wheels for optimum fuel economy), lock mode (with 50/50, front/rear torque spread for off-roading) or auto mode.Auto mode is both proactive and reactive. If it senses potential loss of grip, the electronic control unit instantly apportions the ideal amount of torque to the rear wheels. If road conditions suddenly change, it automatically engages the rear wheels to maintain stability.

 

The new Nissan QASHQAI 2010 has been awarded the maximum 5-star EURO NCAP rating for adult occupant protection.
Occupant safety was a high priority in the QASHQAI’s design. Using the latest computer simulations to offer a high degree of impact protection there is no compromise. With superb traction control, superior stopping power, stable handling and the latest generation VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) on all 2.0l models, the QASHQAI will make you feel more than confident when taking on the city streets.
Every QASHQAI comes standard with six airbags and ISOFIX child anchors.
With Nissan, it’s safety first and the inclusion of the front active head restraint system is no exception. In the event of a collision, this passive system protects the front occupant’s neck from injury by moving forward to reduce the risk of whiplash.

 

Thanks to Nissan South Africa for the drive,

the Qashqai is Nissan's urban, crossover car.