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The Top Gear car review:Nissan Qashqai
Running costs and reliability
You can buy a Qashqai for just under £20k, but you won’t because that one (the Visia) doesn’t get alloy wheels or the new smart phone-friendly media set-up.
Traditionally, Qashqai buyers tend towards the higher trim levels, so Nissan’s introduced a new range-topper that wants for nothing. It’s called the Tekna+ and it’s mighty expensive (nearly £29k with the 1.5-litre diesel), but you get fancy leather, lumbar support and the Bose stereo gratuit. Nevertheless, we’d probably stick with a lesser trim – mid-range N-Connecta is what most will choose, and it’ll do us just fine, thanks.
As for engines, we’d go with the majority there too, and have the new 1.3-litre petrol. Get the lesser 138bhp version if you don’t regularly travel four-up and full of luggage, but with identical CO2 and mpg figures, the 158bhp version isn’t a hard sell if you need a bit more performance (0-62mph takes 1.6secs less, at 8.9secs).
Meanwhile, all the various safety systems mean the Qashqai is a reassuringly relaxing thing to drive, even doing some of the driving itself if you shell out on ProPilot. Some systems do emit irritating beeps that after a while you’ll just ignore, mind, until you turn them off altogether. Nonetheless, they’re worth having, and most (if not all) are standard on N-Connecta up.