I was delighted when Nissan Retail UK invited me to attend the Launch Event of the 2014 Qashqai at Nissan Birmingham Central.
However, as well as looking forward to meeting the team over in Digbeth, I was also excited about checking out the New Qashqai “in the flesh”. If you have read my previous model Qashqai Lowdown, you will know that I am already a fan; it was a tough task for Nissan to improve on what was the 6th best-selling car of 2013.
But improve it they have; the New Qashqai features lots of advanced technology and their new economical engine range includes the 1.5 DCi 110ps that boasts sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.
New Qashqai Advanced Technology Features
There are few cars in this sector that can bring such advanced in-car technology to the party. In fact, I struggle to think of even one, particularly in the circa £20k price bracket.
As usual, Nissan have kept things simple with their optional extras and packs. The further up the range you go, the more you get (but even the entry level models come with a good bit of kit).
Safety Shield Package
Top of the range Qashqai Tekna models come with the Safety Shield Pack.
In addition to the front and rear parking sensors, automatic mirror, lane departure warning, Hi-lo beam and front collision avoidance that comes as part of the Smart Vision Pack (standard on the Acenta Premium), this model comes with:
Around View Monitor
This feature has helped the New Qashqai earn the reputation of being the “World’s Most Parkable Car”.
The Park Assist Monitor gives a clear view of the surrounding area via a large central screen and the innovative “Wash & Blow Dry” system keeps the rear lens clean so that the view is never impaired. Moving Object Detection also features as part of this very advanced system.
You actually only need 80cm of clearance to park this baby. Genius.
Blind Spot Warning
This sensors located on the inside of the Qashqai are not for show – they illuminate discreetly when something enters your blind spot on either side of the vehicle. What’s more, if you attempt to change lane whilst something is lurking in this grey area, an alarm will sound.
I think this is a fantastic safety feature and – without being too obtrusive – it has the potential to save many an unnecessary collision.
Driver Attention Support
There are a huge number crashes each year that are caused by fatigue.
The New Qashqai Tekna gets to know your driving style (yes, seriously). It will interpret any irregular driving patterns that may occur as a result of getting tired and it will let you know when you need to take a break.
Sub 100g/km CO2 Emissions and frugal economy
If you – like most of us – are fed up with endless (and financially draining) trips to the petrol station then the 2014 Qashqai could just be the solution that you are looking for.
The engines have been refined across the range so you can be sure that whatever model you choose, you will be sitting pretty.
The Qashqai 1.5 DCi 110ps is the star of the show: expect to return 74.3 miles to the gallon, enjoy the benefits of greener driving with an official CO2 emissions rating of just 99g/km and you can still get to 62mph in 12.4 seconds.
For once, I can’t see much of a compromise – even the price is below £20k (the 1.5 DCi 110ps Visia starts from £19290.00 OTR).
Space and Practicality
The New Qashqai is hard to beat for practicality. The boot is cavernous, boasting 430 litres when the seats are up and 1585 litres when the seats are down. It is also worth noting that the seats easily fold flat and there is a really handy under-floor storage compartment, too.
There are more storage areas than you can shake a stick at and the interior space provides ample room for all occupants – seating three adults in the back would not create any problems, here.
OK – the New Qashqai isn’t the cheapest compact SUV that you can buy, I’ll admit that. However, it doesn’t sit alongside the most expensive rivals in its sector, either. With the model range starting off at just £17,595 OTR, it is certainly not unattainable to many potential buyers.
Here are three reasons why the 2014 Qashqai could be a lot more affordable than you may think.
Lose Less money with the New Qashqai
The New Qashqai is set to retain a whopping 50% of its initial value after 3 years of 10k per annum driving, according to CAP Automotive. This is truly outstanding and in a lot of instances, quite unheard of.
So if you are looking to buy or finance your Qashqai, it really is a great choice.
Great Value Personal Leasing Deals
Because of the excellent residual values, great manufacturer support and reasonable OTRP prices, the New Qashqai is also great value if you are looking for a Personal Contract Plan (PCP) or other leasing option.
Low Running Costs
A lot of people that I talk to forget about overall running costs when they are making their next car decision.
Fuel can sometimes be more of a monthly outgoing than the car payment itself and that’s before you take into account road tax and insurance.
The 2014 Qashqai could quite literally save you a packet; to see how well it stacks up for yourself, check it out by visiting CAP Automotive’s free of charge total cost of motoring tool.
As well as finding out more about the New Qashqai, my visit to Nissan Birmingham Central was a real joy; it is good to know that some of the good, old-fashioned motor trade values that I hold so dear are still alive and well.
In conclusion, my final point is simple and should be fairly self-explanatory. It is made in Sunderland.
Watch out for my report on the New Qashqai after I have taken it for a proper, real-world Motor Mistress extended demo. If anyone can put it through its paces, I can.
And that’s a promise.