Qashqai might be a compact crossover, but it isn’t Nissan’s smallest vehicle of this type – Juke is. However, 2016 Nissan Qashqai continues unchanged as a second generation model which was introduced back in 2014 and still exhibits nimble ride and driving dynamics worthy of small crossovers.
Even though this vehicle is a compact, it doesn’t lack anything in powertrain department. In fact, it gets plenty of options across the board and even larger cars can be envious on the number of engines it offers. First, there are couple of diesel units which offer great fuel efficiency. Leader in this department is 1.5L 4-cylinder unit with 108 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, while slightly larger 1.6L 4-cylinder diesel generates 128 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Both options offer enough power and we need to say that most drivers will find those adequate for most situations.
Petrol engines are slightly less efficient, but there are three of them. First, the 1.2L turbo 4-cylinder makes 115 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque, while 1.6L 4-cylinder turbo unit develops 163 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Finally, there’s a 2.0L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder unit making 150 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque but have in mind that this engine will be only available on Australian market. Transmission options depend on chosen market and range from 6-speed manual to CVT.
The 2016 Nissan Qashqai features Japanese maker’s trademark V-motion frontal fascia, but unlike in most models, Qashqai’s headlamps are curved, and bumper is slightly unconventional. Midsection is as handsome as they get, and C-pillars don’t impede visibility to much (even though they could have been better executed). Finally, rear end gets arrowhead-like tail-lamps which are divided in two by car’s tailgate. Compared to previous year model there are no noticeable changes but this should change in the next few years when new model will be delivered.
Interior is furnished with lots of different materials which range from fabric cloth to premium leather when it comes to seats. When it comes to dashboard, however, things are slightly different. As affordable compact crossover, newQashqai doesn’t get wood accents or leather inserts, but only soft plastics. Still, dash looks handsome, especially in upper grades which benefit from standard 5-inch high definition color TFT screen or optional 7-inch touch screen display. With it, Qashqai offers optional navigation (standard with 7-incher), Bluetooth, USB port and 12-volt power outlet. Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are standard on higher grades too, while all models get mandatory safety systems like full airbag system, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, hill start assist and stability control. Advanced electronic features are also available on higher tiers and include 360-degree around view monitor and automatic headlamps.
2016 Nissan Qashqai Price
Fuel economy ratings are best with diesel engines; we have already mentioned that. 1.5L unit models are rated at 74 mpg combined in European NEDC cycle, while 1.6L unit models follow in behind with figures of 62 mpg combined. On the other hand, 1.2L turbo four petrol is rated at 49 mpg combined, while 1.6L unit returns 47 mpg combined. Needless to say, 2.0L four lowers the figures even more and that these are the figures from European test that is quite optimistic. £18,500 is the least you’ll have to pay for one of new models in the U.K., while most advanced trims cost almost £30,000.
The 2016 Nissan Qashqai can’t be ordered in the states, but is still a perky compact crossover with very good driving dynamics and solid fuel economy ratings. That’s why it represents a fine solution for small families and people that require a versatile commuter. There are many drivers that are hopping to see this model delivered to the U.S. market and we are sure that it would be able to return decent sale numbers. Deliveries of 2016th model are expected to begin during the fall of 2015th so we will have to wait for few more months to see it on the market.