Nissan Qashqai -

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Nissan Qashqai, front
Nissan Qashqai, side
Nissan Qashqai, rear
Nissan Qashqai, interior
Nissan Qashqai, 2018, boot
Nissan Qashqai, 2018, rear seats

A NEW Nissan Qashqai has just been launched, but the popularity of the outgoing model is such that I doubt there will be the dip in prices that so often happens at such a time.

So it will still almost certainly be sought after by many looking for a family friendly high riding estate with plenty of interior space.

That said, the interiors are a little behind the times, with some switchgear common to cheaper models in the Nissan range, and technology that did not keep up with that available on some of the opposition.

Nonetheless, I have met a number of people who have owned or still have one of Nissan's best selling cars and they have all been delighted with them.

The company's claims that the Qashqai was the first crossover are a little uncertain since the original Honda HR-V and Toyota RAV4 were both ahead of it - probably along with a couple more.

That said, it was the first company to really capitalize on the genre of a high-riding front wheel drive (FWD) SUV for the road.

Almost all the completely British-built Qashqais sold have been FWD. Nissan knows its market, and realised early on that the majority of owners don't want the extra expense and running costs of a 4x4.

They want the high driving position and the feel of something more substantial around them while only having to pay the running costs of a family hatch.

In fact, in the range up to this year, there are only a couple available with all wheel drive. First was the 130bhp 1.6 diesel, and this was replaced by a 1.7 with 150bhp in a major 2017 update. But although it's quicker and has lower emissions, it is less economical.

The 1.6 is capable of 61mpg, while the 1.7 is rated at 58 and they cover the 0 to 60 miles an hour sprint in 9.6 and 9.2 seconds respectively.

There is one other diesel engine - and it's the best seller - a 1.5 borrowed from partner Renault with 110 or 115bhp and rated economy of between 67 and 74 miles per gallon. It takes 11.9 seconds to get to 60.

There are also three petrol offerings - used at different times in the model's life - 1.2, 1.3 and 1.6 turbos.

The 1.2, with 115bhp and the 1.6, with 160, were available alongside each other in earlier models and are rated at 48 and 47mpg respectively. The 1.2 reaches 60 in 10.6 seconds while the 1.6 brings that down to 8.8.

Latterly, just the one 1.3 turbo was on offer with two power outputs - 140 and 160bhp. The 140 reaches 60 in 10.6 seconds and is capable of 49mpg and the 160 matches that economy and gets to the benchmark in 8.6 seconds.

All are very comfortable over all surfaces, and come with safe, sure handling helped by positive and informative power steering.

The clutch is light and easy, the gearchange slick and there's plenty of legroom front and rear.

While comfort is very good the front seats are too deep, which means the front is too high behind the thighs for shorter drivers, who might well need a cushion since the adjustment does not allow for this angle to be changed.

Equipment is good even in base Visia models, which have audio remote, split fold rear seats, front electric windows, heated electric mirrors, remote locking, traction control, air con and cruise.

Mid-range N-Tec adds alloys, height and lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat, parking sensors and sat nav.

Pay about £9,700 for a '16 16-reg 1.2 DiG-T Acenta petrol, or £22,000 for a '19 19-reg Tekna 1,5DCi diesel.

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