2015 Nissan QASHQAI TS Review

2015 Nissan QASHQAI TS Review

Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2015 Nissan QASHQAI TS.

2015 Nissan QASHQAI TS Review

What’s a Nissan QASHQAI? Well, it’s just the new name for the old Nissan Dualis.

A small crossover, the QASHQAI fits into the Nissan line-up between the JUKE and the X-TRAIL and is front-wheel drive only.

Engine choice is limited to two units – 1.6 litre turbo-diesel producing 96kW/320Nm and using 4.9L/100kms combined, and 2.0 litre petrol producing 106kW and 200Nm and using a claimed combined 6.9L/100kms, transmission choices are six-speed manual or CVT auto.

2015 Nissan QASHQAI ST ReviewThe TS grade is the entry point into the diesel range of the 2015 Nissan QASHQAI line-up and prices here start at $33,590 - the QASHQAI range starts at $25,850.

So, what’s it like? Well, I have to say the new Nissan crossover is very impressive. The attractive looks and really good quality fit and finish throughout are backed up by a really pleasing drive experience.

The 96kW’s of power produced by the diesel engine in the Nissan QASHQAI is a little modest and this means that initial acceleration, especially in the ‘Eco’ drive mode, is fairly pedestrian, though the 320Nm of torque does give the crossover adequately long legs on the highway and good hill climbing ability.

The engine can be a touch noisy at times as well, but really, the QASHQAI has a tough and rugged feel about it and I actually quite enjoyed my time behind the wheel of it. Steering, ride, and handling – all exceeded my expectations.

From the driver’s seat, visibility to the front and front ¾ is excellent. Fairly chunky C pillars do tend to make rear ¾ visibility fairly limited however.

Big wing mirrors help increase that rear visibility and a rear vision camera is standard in all grades of the QASHQAI.

Speaking of standard features, this grade of the QASHQAI boasts a long list of handy inclusions, including; electric park brake, key in pocket central locking, push button ignition, dual zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and streaming and auto headlights and wipers.

Clear and easy to read gauges, simple and fuss-free climate adjustments and well-placed controls are just some of the cabin highlights. You will also be impressed by the overall look and feel of the plastics and materials used through the interior – nice work Nissan!

2015 Nissan QASHQAI TS ReviewLegroom up front is pretty good, perhaps a touch disappointing in the rear though. The rear seat folds down almost flat and cargo space in the rear is impressively spacious.

There is also a sub-floor storage space that provides a little bit of extra space in the boot.

The 2015 Nissan QASHQAI range features a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Summing it up; I wasn’t particularly impressed with the smaller Nissan JUKE, but was impressed by the Nissan X-TRAIL – thus I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the QASHQAI.

I’m pleased to say however that the new Nissan crossover is a well thought-out and well executed quality vehicle that is just the right size, is economical and has a really generous list of standard features.

Give the Nissan QASHQAI a go!

NUTS and BOLTS - 2015 Nissan QASHQAI TS

Engine: 1.6 litre turbo-diesel producing 96kW and 320Nm or 2.0 litre petrol producing 106kW and 200Nm

Transmission: Six-speed manual or CVT auto

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000kms

Origin: United Kingdom

Price: From $25,850

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