The original Grandad of all modern crossovers is the Qashqai, it started the whole thing off, this idea that you could have a 5 door hatchback and lift it up so it looks like an off road car was something that no other car company had tried with any sort of effort.
Nissan managed to get it right first time
The car with a name that was near unpronounceable never mind spell able was here to stay.
Now we have the third generation.
Nissan have gone all out with this one.
They have put almost every possible option on the car I’m testing and some of them are good like the reversing camera that gives a top down view. Some are a bit hit and miss like the sat navigation that is just showing random maps that aren’t where I am.
Really everything has changed with the Qashqai.
It’s grown up rather nicely.
It has come out of the awkward teenage years and moved into the geek phase.
By that I mean there’s a lot of tech on this car.
So much so that it somewhat weighed down the press conference.
There was even a little stand with a man explaining how the seats were designed.
Now seats are very important but I only want to know one thing.
Are they comfortable; and yes is the answer to that question.
That wasn’t all the tech, however.
There are special sensors that detect something moving around you when you’re parking.
There’s collision detection that activates the brakes when it thinks you might crash.
Active chassis control that’s supposed to make speed bumps more comfortable and even out Road surfaces.
I didn’t notice any bumps so it must have worked.
There’s also Facebook invites that can be turned into map directions along with Google send to car for your phone. All of the latest bits that you might want in the future are taken care of by Nissan.
Of course most of these things are options.
But even the standard car comes with the touch screen and reversing camera.
It’s our VRT system that drives up the prices because taxes optional extras but Nissan Ireland are giving a good level of kit in all the grades.
This might make you think that the Qashqai is going to be much more of your hard earned than the outgoing, it’s not.
The prices start at €24,495 and that’s near as makes no difference the same as the outgoing model.
The big difference here is the 1.2 petrol model with 120bhp. It’ll do a good job for the low millage run about.
There’s also the 1.5Dci and 1.6Dci which are really decent diesel offerings.
My favourite would be the 1.5Dci SV for €27,695, tax band A2 and has enough toys to keep you happy.
Overall the Qashqai is still the Daddy of the segment.
It doesn’t drive a s well as some of the German options but I’d forgive that because of the quality feel in the cabin and a very practical boot.
I’d expect the Qashqai to sell very well in Ireland with about 75% diesel and the rest petrol. Expect to see it in dealers very soon because they can’t wait to have a new one.