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The Nissan Qashqai is short on cabin flexibility next to newer rivals but offers a comfortable, fuss-free drive
Who buys these?
One and a half tonnes!, front wheel drive only, 0-60 12secs slow, 100 horsepower weak, compact-size small, for TWENTY grand? Insane.
sounds like any SUV/wannabe SUV. Wouldn't give any of them the time of day.
Seems to ring the bell for a lot of people. who are we to tell them what to drive ? Makes more sense than a Tourag or Disco if you're just using it for trips to Tesco and taking the kids to school.
Ive leased one actually. Ok it is boring and my reasons are maybe slighty skewed by the fact that hatchbacks are rare here in Bahrain. Had a Mazda 6 last year and have to say I prefer the Quashquai. Its a 2 ltr cvt as manuals are not available here.
Advantages over the Mazda. Better visibility you sit higher. It is more practical than a saloon and its cheaper to lease. Smoother auto.
Boring yes but made in England yes ( I know that is old fashioned ) but it still has some sway for me and it is cheap and does the job of ferrying me the Mrs and visitors about without hassle. It will never be an enthusiasts car granted but we dont have an endless budget like everbody else nowadays.
So who buys em ? Folk who have a limited budget and want hassle free motoring. Last time I checked there are a lot of people around like that . Not such a bad thing after all then surely as it makes money for Nissan and UK plc.
I'd guess the people who buy these are the ones who aren't prepared to spend Twenty grand on a boring 1.6 diesel Focus which is barely any faster
This offers something different to the run of mill hatches in that size & price band
Looks much better for the facelift too
I'd agree. They look pretty good since the face lift, they're well equiped, spacious and good value compared to the likes of a Focus or Astra. A £20k Focus gets you a wind up rear windows and basic air con. I'd take the QQ.
I am not so chi...
[quote I am not so childish as to use a nick name][quote nicksheele]
[quote I am not so childish as to use a nick name][/quote] Quite agree. with the 1.5 oiler........ BUT I Had the original 2.0L CVT 2WD Tekna and it was a damn good car. Plenty fast enough (0-62 10.9secs- 28 mpg round town) After all it is not meant to be a sports car[/quote]
You've contradicted yourself a bit there. Ignore the 0-60 time it's irrelevant, in real world driving conditions this is plenty fast enough for most people. As you say, it's not meant to be a sports car.
[quote I am not so childish as to use a nick name] Who the hell wants a boring Dagenham Dustbin for the same price. Tell you who.... the British motoring public. The QQ outsold the Focus last year hands down.[/quote]
according to whom? You really have to stop believing as gospel tripe you may read in Autocar's editorials. Golly, there isn't half some garbage spouted on these forums.
According to the representative industry body that tallies the figures in the UK, the SMMT, the Focus was second best selling car in UK in 2009, with 93,000 sales. The Qashqai thing didn't even make the top ten(Mondeo No.10, 34,000 sales). The Focus is again second best seller year to date in 2010. Reminds me of the other bullshite often peddled in Autocar about the Jag XF outselling its competition, when the publicly available figures from SMMT clearly show this to be ridiculous.