Every few years a vehicle is released that has critics sitting at the edge of their seats. This was very much the case when the Nissan Qashqai was first launched in South Africa back in 2007. It’s hard to believe that it’s been around for nearly 5 years already as this crossover SUV hasn’t seemed to age much and still boasts fresh face appeal. Whether buying a new or used Nissan Qashqai, it’s money well spent. And with demand not subsiding you can furthermore be assured that it will retain its value, more so than many of its competitors.
The new Nissan Qashqai retails from a surprisingly low R229 990 at local dealerships while the range leaves buyers spoiled for choice with 1.6L and 2.0L petrol as well as 1.5L and 2.0L diesel engine options. Its aerodynamic design is responsible for competitive fuel consumption figures and CO2 emissions, allowing you to save on your fuel costs while doing your bit for the environment. A new Qashqai buy also includes a 3 year/90 000km service plan which translates into even more savings, while a used Qashqai remains an excellent choice if you’re lucky enough to find one.
Classified as a crossover the Qashqai doesn’t match the proportions of an SUV, yet it is significantly bigger than a hatch with loads of space to prove it. The interior is designed to wrap around the driver without compromising movement while all occupants have more than enough head and legroom to enjoy drive comfort on longer road trips. A recent addition to the Nissan Qashqai family was the Qashqai+2 model. This 7-seater was created by slightly extending the wheelbase to accommodate a third row of seats. Should you require load space, the seats can be folded down together or separately to suit your needs. For those who also want to explore the outdoors, the 4×4 addition to the Qashqai range offers off-road capability without the expected hefty fuel tag.
Nissan took no shortcuts on the Qashqai’s safety measures. As a result and in recognition of top occupant protection, it received the maximum Five Star Euro NCAP rating. Furthermore all models are packed with a full house of comfort and convenience features such as a state-of-the-art audio system, electric windows and air conditioning to name a few. And besides a choice of colours and trims, Nissan Qashqai owners also have the option to accessorise their vehicles with various add-ons ranging from leather seats and roof bars to stainless steel side bars and bonnet guards. Not that the Qashqai needs anything more of course.