Nissan Qashqai: With a new engine in new victories

Nissan has written with Qashqai one of the most successful stories in the last 15 years of the global auto industry. The absolute sales hit and customer favorite of SUVs and crossovers on all continents continues to be a success, though the current generation was introduced in 2013. With a great new turbocharger, there’s no reason not to.
The Qashqai is definitely one of the most popular cars of today, but it is also definitely one of the models that has popularized the compact SUV segment. Not surprisingly, the sales records that Qashqai has broken and are still breaking, and after the last redesign, got a brand new engine that definitely helps it stay in the top of the class.

After the last redesign, Qashqai got more modern lights, a more pronounced mask with more chrome, and with more attractive body colors and a new rim design, that was essentially enough. Qashqai’s compact shape with pronounced fenders and original design have always had their supporters.

Subtle improvements have arrived in the interior as well, and the biggest novelty is certainly the steering wheel, which now has a real sporty look with a small centerpiece, and fully fits the character of Qashqai, unlike the previous one, which was rather uninteresting. With the new infotainment system and some better quality materials, staying and traveling in Qashqai is really enjoyable. In models such as the test bench, where you also have a large panoramic roof and even better seat and door trims, the atmosphere is at the premium car level.

The space is still good, so back and forth passengers have comfortable accommodation both in height and length. The 430-liter boot is in line with expectations, but customers are becoming more and more spoiled from year to year, so a slightly larger boot is already expected in this segment. For example, the Renault Kadjar, which shares exactly the same technical base with the Qashqai, offers over 470 liters of volume.

However, the biggest and most important novelty is the all-new turbocharged engine, which very quickly became one of the most important engines on offer for both Nissan and Renault and Dacia. Although at first glance it sounds like a modest little gasoline from the beginning of the offer, the 1.3 DiG is all but that.

The great effort that the Renault-Nissan Alliance, in collaboration with Daimler, have put into developing this engine can be recognized in practice and driving. Specially machined cylinder liners, direct fuel injection into the cylinders, special shape and valve position with a modern turbocharger are just some of the reasons why this is one of our current favorite new engines.

Similar to Kadjar, where we tried out a lower version of this engine, we were pleasantly surprised by the excellent combination of performance, sleekness and very moderate fuel consumption. This is definitely one of the gas stations that you will not want a diesel engine for even if you go a lot of miles a year.

In a more powerful 160hp and 270Nm version, this engine is expected to be even more convincing, and anyone who looks suspiciously at the 1.3 mark should definitely try this engine. Not too long ago for this kind of performance, we had to resort to engines with a displacement of 2 liters or more, but also double the fuel bills.

After the not-so-glorious episode of the 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine that this 1.3 DiG replaced, we are confident and hopeful that all those hard hours on endurance tests will bear fruit, and that with excellent performance this engine will be as reliable a choice as a used one.

The 1.3 DiG is dynamic and resilient, and coupled with its 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, it is very sleek. It is quiet and unobtrusive in the city crowd, while on the open road it is very convincing and linearly accelerates even at maximum speed. In such situations, when you already need to accelerate at 80 or 100 km / h, it hides your “small” lungs especially well, and strongly grabs further. Here and there in that reassurance, it will be a little annoying to see the dual-clutch gearbox, which sometimes hesitates when changing gears, especially when it’s cold or when practicing when you need to move faster from reverse to first gear. It is not something that cannot be forgiven, but we expect a “faster clutch” from the “double clutch”.

Currently, the only flaw we can find Qashqai with this engine is the fact that NIssan does not offer it with all-wheel drive. It will not be lacking in everyday driving, but it is simply a pity that with such a complete and versatile engine, the Qashqai loses its dimension of usability in all weather conditions that made it such a favorite.

In turns, Qashqai offers its famous blend of comfort and dynamism, and with this powerful engine it comes to one fine border of sporty driving. The big 19-inch wheels make the Qashqai look even better. Unfortunately, on sharp bumps, it is precisely because of these rims that they are a bit rougher and more nervous, so those who prefer comfort and comfort should still bypass this size of “footwear” for Qashqai.

Qashqai’s phenomenal engine has certainly cemented its position in the highly competitive segment, and as it is offered in the 140hp version, it is an affordable entry-level engine that is not deprived of good performance at all.

Test car base information: Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DiG 160 DCT Tekna
Basic model price: 39,900 KM
Tested model price with options: 53,800 KM

Engine: 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, turbo-petrol, transverse. 1.332 cc, direct injection of fuel into the cylinders, four valves per cylinder. Maximum power 118 kW – 160 hp at 5,500 rpm. Maximum torque 270 Nm at 2,000 rpm.

Transmission: Front-wheel drive, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, 225/45 R19 tires.

Fuel Performance and Consumption:Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h – 9.6 s. Top speed – 198 km / h. Test fuel consumption: 7.8 l / 100 km. Factory declared fuel consumption: 7.4 l / 100 km in the city, 4.8 l / 100 km on the open road, 5.8 l / 100 km combined. Average CO2 emissions: 131 g / km.

Dimensions: Length – 4.394 mm, width – 1.806 mm, height – 1.590 mm. Wheelbase – 2.646 mm. Cargo volume from 430 to 1,598 liters. Curb weight – 1.445 kg. Maximum weight – 1.885 kg. Fuel Tank Capacity – 55 liters.

Test Vehicle Standard Equipment:ABS anti-lock brake system, active front head restraints, side airbags (driver and front passenger), two 3-point seat belts in the front and three 3-point rear seats, EBD – Electric Brake Control, ESP – Electronic Vehicle Stability Control, ISOFIX child seat holders, passenger airbag deactivation, Nissan Chassis Control, front seat belt tensioner, height adjustable front seat belts, airbags (driver and front passenger), air curtains (driver and front passenger) , Immobilizer, Automatic dual zone air conditioning, auto light on, high beam automatic control, AVM – (Around view Monitor) camera system for easy parking, remote central locking, electric parking brake, 12 dashboard,7cm color TFT screen, Intelligent key + START / STOP ignition function, Speed ​​limiter, Nissan Connect Gen2 Kai (7 “screen), Hill Start Assist, pFront and rear parking sensors, Rain sensors, automatic traffic recognition system, frontal collision avoidance system, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, accidental lane departure warning system, START / STOP ignition, cruise control, 6 speakers, CD – MP3 reader, central console with tins, digital clock, partially leather heated front seats, split rear bench (60:40), pockets on the back of the driver’s and front passenger’s seats, driver’s seat electric adjustment, power windows front and rear,pollen filter, audio controls, trip computer, cruise control and Bluetooth system on the steering wheel, leather shift lever, leather-wrapped steering wheel, lumbar support in the driver’s seat, outside temperature gauge, rear bench seat with cup compartments, mirror in the driver’s and front passenger’s seat, illuminated luggage compartment, glove compartment illuminated, rear bench cabin light, height adjustable front head restraints front (2) and rear (3), special interior lighting, front armrest, luggage compartment, AUX connector , USB port, self-dimming interior mirror, power and height adjustable power steering, 12V front jack, driver’s seat height-adjustable, 19 ” alloy wheels, BI-LED lights, tire size 225/45 R19, electrically adjustable,body color, heated exterior mirrors with direction indicators, electrically adjustable vehicle color mirrors, chrome fog front fog light, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights, vehicle front and rear bumper, body door handles, silver roof mounts, glass roof, decorative chrome laths around the windows, protective plastic around the vehicle, tinted rear windows.

Optional on test car: Safety shield Tekna: Intelligent Park Assist, rear-facing vehicle detection system, driver fatigue recognition system, blind spot monitoring system (SS) 800 KM, metallic paint 1.400 KM

Warranty: 5 years or 160.000 km

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