2010 Nissan Qashqai | new car review

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 by










To save any problems at the dealer, the Qashqai is pronounced Kash-Kye. The crossover SUV was named after an Iranian tribe and aims to offer the practical benefits and space of an SUV without any off-road pretensions and with more streamlined, less aggressive looks. It boasts a high ground clearance and flared wheel arches and stands tall and roomy. Inside there’s plenty of space for a family of five, while there’s lots of storage space through a large, cooled 14-litre glove box and under-seat trays. Features include Bluetooth phone connectivity and dual zone air conditioning, while options include a chunky front styling plate, sidestep, front fog lamps and a roof spoiler. Rear parking sensors are also available. Three grades of Qashqai are available (in the UAE) – S, SE and LE. All are powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine producing 137bhp, attached to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). While the S rides on steel wheels, the SE gets 16-inch alloys and the LE sports larger 17-inch rims. The Qashqai is front-wheel drive as standard, although SE and LE customers can specify four-wheel drive if they want. Don’t harbour dreams of dune bashing in this Nissan though, it’s a part-time system that will drive the front wheels most of the time, with power going to the rears if the car loses traction. Safety features include front, side and curtain airbags, as well as ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, which keeps the Qashqai stable in the event of an emergency stop. VDC (electronic stability control) is also available.

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