The effusive petrol Qashqai was well-received by Autocar with a usually critique being that a entry-level 1.2 113bhp didn’t have most pulling energy next 1750rpm. The same explain doesn’t ring loyal here: in a new equivalent, a turbocharged 138bhp 1.3-litre, has a distant smoother and quicker response during low revs and over than previously.
Before, a benchmark scurry was achieved in 11.3secs; now it’s 10.5secs. All in all, acceleration is some-more energetic and there’s copiousness lift for any preferred overtaking maneouvres. The engine is also superbly quiet.
Jumping into a higher-powered 158bhp Qashqai briefly, we beheld usually a tiny disproportion between a dual engines. The 158bhp is naturally some-more lissome yet when we cruise a 138bhp unit’s flexible, peaceful performance, and a £1500 cheaper list price, it’s a transparent leader of a dual unless we pattern to lift a full bucket regularly.
That said, if you’re all about some-more power, there’s an astonishing likeness between a dual 1.3-litre engines: they both offer a same CO2 emissions and fuel economy, 121g/km and 53.3mpg respectively on 17in wheels, definition it will cost we tiny some-more in using costs. That rises to 130g/km and 49.6mpg if we have 18in or 19in wheels.
The introduction of petrol engines has had no outcome on a Qashqai’s glorious pushing credentials. It has prolonged been deliberate a driver’s automobile for a compress SUV segment, and it still is. Ride is excellent, yet a Seat Ateca has a corner on doing and delight behind a wheel. It’s only that tiny bit some-more lively.
The second vital change is a infotainment system. The second-generation Qashqai changed a diversion on copiousness on this front. But in a fast-moving technology-led age, there’s some-more to be done.
Now, NissanConnect offers Apple Carplay or Android Auto harmony on all yet entry-level trim, over-the-air updates and an all-new app, called Door-to-Door navigation. It introduces an increasingly common duty in automobile connectivity of permitting user to devise a track before withdrawal home, promulgation a end to a automobile to start track guidance. There’s also a improved hunt duty in a sat nav that prompts destinations called ‘Single line search’, something requested by customers, pronounced Nissan.
There are fewer tough buttons around than before, and some-more can be finished around a 7-inch touchscreen, with Nissan observant it was benchmarked opposite an Apple iPad.
In reality, a shade seems really tiny compared to rivals, and a ‘pinch and pull’ functionality as found an iPad doesn’t respond really well. It’s guilty of what many complicated touchscreens are: earnest present feedback and not being means to deliver, something that can be really distracting when pushing contra a good out-of-date button. The map, that can now be noticed in 3D, also has an primitive design, yet a functionality is as good as a better-looking equivalent.