Leasing a Nissan Qashqai
Engines and performance for the Nissan Qashqai
When the latest version of the Nissan Qashqai was relaunched in 2018, the carmaker added a very good 1.3 litre petrol engine. The engine produces either 140 PS or 160 PS and it replaced the previous 1.2 litre and 1.6 litre petrol engine choices. As result, the Qashqai delivered better fuel consumption and lower emissions. Nissan also introduced its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in the revamp and the six-speed manual box is an excellent performer. The petrol engine should return around 54 mpg, while the option of a very good 1.5 litre diesel unit will return around 60 mpg, as will a 1.7 litre diesel alternative. All of the engines offer good performance, though the diesels are smooth and quiet on long motorway journeys.
Equipment and handling
The Nissan Qashqai has been a popular and bestselling crossover in the UK and it's still one of the best SUV's to drive. Its attractive qualities were enhanced when Nissan introduced its ProPilot driver assistance system technology to the entire range in 2019. The technology helps drivers maintain the car's position in lanes and also keep it a safe distance from any vehicle in front. The idea is to make driving much easier - whether that's on motorways or driving around town. On some Qashqai models, drivers also get intelligent cruise control and a system to help drive the car at low speeds. There's also the firm's Smart Vision pack which includes emergency automatic emergency braking and traffic sign recognition as well as blind spot warning. However, the Nissan Qashqai still has a lot to offer in what has become a very competitive segment and it is clearly designed for comfort and families. There is a large boot with plenty of space in the cabin and the interior has been well-designed and made with durable materials so should undergo lots of use. Behind the wheel, the suspension has been well-developed for the UK's road so bumps are smoothed out and the ride comfort is generally very good in all models. This is a car that always feels well-planted and solid, even when driving on winding country roads and it's a nimble performer around town. It's a very comfortable car on long motorway journeys. Standard equipment includes cruise control, a DAB radio and manual air conditioning with other models coming with a lot more equipment, particularly advanced safety features. Among these is a 360° camera to help when parking and the top spec model features a panoramic roof, electric driver's seat adjustment, leather trim and a top end sound system. Essentially, there's a lot to recommend the Nissan Qashqai which has been delivering a well-designed and well-built car for many years and has built up a very strong following with a value for money offering that is ideally suited for families and those wanting an SUV built with comfort in mind.