After two months in the fleet, the long-range Nissan Qashqai has established itself as a fervent favorite, and it’s not hard to see why.
It’s pretty much a car for all occasions with the versatility of a password. Do you need to load up to help someone move home? Not a problem in her multi-layered cavernous shoes. Planning a family day out? Everyone will get there safely and comfortably thanks to the spacious and well-coordinated cabin.
You see, most of the trips I take are solo trips, although in fairness, the car has been so well put to use fetching and carrying recently that I’ve been helping my buddy on a flat renovation project.
I can guarantee that the Qashqai shoe can swallow all kinds of gardening equipment as well as a pressure washer and wallpaper stripper with absolutely no problem – and I’ve done so on numerous occasions.
We’ve done some home improvement work on our place as well, with construction recently finished and our attention turned to fixtures and fittings. A trip to IKEA (other furniture stores available) led us to stock up on all kinds of flat items—and again, with the back seats folded down, there was more than enough room.
I’ve enjoyed learning about technology in recent weeks, too. The Qashqai is a Tekna model, which means it’s definitely well-equipped.
The 12.3-inch fully electronic TFT multi-information display provides a range of configurable layouts to display navigation, entertainment, traffic or vehicle information. And with a background inspired by Japanese kiriko glass, the pane looks too.
Even lower-end models now have a larger 7-inch TFT screen, which is a clear improvement over the previous 5-inch screen.
There are many great features that make life a little easier. The luggage compartment can be opened and closed via the keychain; Love the clarity of the eye-level head-up display in the windshield; And Blind Spot Warning is a blessing, considering I do a lot of driving on the highway.
The smart panoramic view screen is also great. The street I live on is always full of parked cars, so the 360-degree composite view and split screen close-ups of the front, back, and sidewalk views are really helpful.
However, there is one thing that you cannot always guard against, and that is the behavior of other drivers. On a trip to a country bar recently, a member of the wait staff told me that someone had hit my parked Qashqai as he was leaving the building.
Needless to say, I went out to check the damage but there was no damage – even the closest scrutiny couldn’t detect traces of any effect at all. Ah well, that’s still a mystery.
Qashqai’s future duties include spending time with my uncle, a car-crazy person who is planning a rare visit to the UK from his home in Spain.
I’ll take him to some of his old places in West Country and North London/Essex and would be very interested to get his opinion after a few days as a passenger.