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By Kevin du Plessis
The Qashqai is the original urban crossover and the new model will continue its market success as it is a real looker and perfect for “cityproofing” yourself.
It has all of the cool gizmos that help you have a more relaxed driving experience in crazy urban traffic situations, including blind spot monitoring, intelligent emergency breaking, forward collision warning, cross traffic alert, moving object detection, and an around view camera monitor system.
It offers a smooth ride, but suffers from a turbo lag that necessitates constant gear shifting. I enjoyed the car on the freeway, it handles confidently, and does not let a speed bump tell it what to do. Its fuel economy is truly excellent, on a trip from Joburg to Midrand it hit an average of 5,9 litres per 100km and there’s a nifty app that calculates your eco driving score based on pull aways, cruising, and deceleration.
The interior is gorgeous, spacious and quiet with enough storage compartments. Its front seats have been completely redesigned and are very comfortable. The panoramic glass roof opens the vehicle up in a delightful manner, although I cannot decide how I feel about the fact that it can’t be opened. Loading space is more than adequate, but I would have given up a few litres to fit in a spare wheel, which it does not have. The tyre repair kit is a scary idea.
The infotainment has USB, SD, CD, Aux, and two 12V sockets. Navigation and entertainment features work well despite feeling old-tech, especially without Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The redeeming quality is the seven-speaker Bose Premium sound system which truly brings out the fun and trendy side of the Qashqai.
On the outside, an all-new front design with signature “boomerang” daytime running lights and sexy 19-inch alloy wheels enhance sex-appeal. It looks best in a bright colour!