Nissan Qashqai

Like it or not, the Nissan Qashqai was the future of the used car market. It had SUV looks but otherwise is just a big hatchback with a huge boot. Did someone say Talbot Matra Rancho? The difference is that the Qashqai became Britain’s favourite family car and the Rancho very much didn’t.

Here was a Ford Focus but riding usefully higher. That’s what the buying public wanted, just without all that weight and 4x4 plumbing.

Fairly small engines meant decent economy. From the off, there were 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrols. Obviously, the 2.0-litre diesel delivered extra MPG (40) over the 2.0-litre petrol (35), but actually the 1.6-litre petrol was a whole lot better (43), just not as punchy. Later, the 1.5-litre diesel could manage more than 60mpg, so that’s the answer.

Pointless 4x4 plumbing did actually arrive, at the twist of a dial delivering power to the rear wheels when required.

A Qashqai was introduced in 2008 with an extra pair of seats, but they’re for children rather than grown-ups, and the boot shrinks.

Specification levels were decent, with air conditioning and electric windows, from Visia trim and up. Acenta had rear parking sensors and Tekna heated seats, keyless entry and a panoramic roof.

Facelift action in 2010 meant a different interior and front end, so used prices blip a bit there.

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