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Do the Qashqai's minor improvements further bolster its appeal?
7 March 2010

What is it?

It’s a Qashqai, the benchmark crossover, facelifted for 2010. Nissan have presumably concluded that the Qashqai wasn’t all that broken and opted not to fix it to any great degree, so updates are relatively minor.

What you get are exterior cosmetic changes and new colours, interior styling changes and, perhaps most significantly, under-the-skin tweaks aimed at reducing interior noise and enhancing the ride.

The version driven here is the two-wheel drive 1.5 dCi in upper-midrange n-tec trim, but all the 2010 updates apply across the whole Qashqai and Qashqai +2 range.

What’s it like?

Well, as we’ve established, it’s a Qashqai, and not hugely different from those we’ve driven before. On the outside a restyled front gives a fresher look and appears to draw some inspiration from the Infinti EX.

Minor interior changes include new dials, front footwell lighting and a new cubby hole, while improved insulation around the bulkhead, a new design windscreen and new window sealing around the A-pillar have resulted in a noticeable reduction in cabin noise.

Along with a marginally improved ride which feels firmer and more controlled while still allowing some off roader-esque body roll in corners, the overall impression is of a more refined and accomplished, if not ultimately all that rewarding, drive.

Should I buy one?

Quite possibly, yes. Nissan bills this year’s updates as ‘extensive’, but on the face of it there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot different. However, the changes add up to a more polished and desirable package than before.

If you’re sold on the idea of a high-rise driving position and chunkily purposeful exterior looks, then the improved Qashqai sits comfortably on the crossover leader board.

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Lee23404 16 March 2010

Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

Woodser wrote:

Having driven both vehicles, I can assure you the Focus is not the boring car...

QQ - style over substance! The focus might not catch the eye, but it is a lot of fun to hurl around!

You're right the Focus has a great chassis and is good fun. It also has a crappy interior and is louder than a 747 at take off at motorway speeds. The QQ is the one I'd want to live with day in day out (if limited to just those two of course).

Woodser 16 March 2010

Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

Having driven both vehicles, I can assure you the Focus is not the boring car...

QQ - style over substance! The focus might not catch the eye, but it is a lot of fun to hurl around!

nicksheele 11 March 2010

Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

I am not so childish as to use a nick name wrote:
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.

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.

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