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PROS

  • Huge boot (430 litres)
  • Interior space
  • Ride & handling

CONS

  • The price tag is close to premium rivals
  • Infotainment system and controls could be better
  • Lacks key safety features like AEB

REVIEW SUMMARY

The Qashqai is due for a facelift soon, but that doesn’t mean that its sales are plummeting. In fact, the clever Japanese car is trying to catch the segment-leader – Mazda’s CX-3, in terms of sales.

 

Since Renault and Nissan are sharing platforms and all kinds of technology, that should supposedly decrease the prices of their vehicles. Well, in the case of the Qashqai Ti, we’re talking about a more end-game spec so you can’t expect it to be dirt cheap.

 

There’s only one level above the Ti that’s more expensive – the Qashqai TL (powered by Renault’s 1.6 dCi engine). But even then – the Ti is not a cheap thing, especially if you take a look at the competition.

 

Safety

And because most of the Qashqai buyers will have families, safety is an important thing, no doubt.

 

For this reason folks, Nissan have equipped their small SUV with dual frontal, side chest and side head airbags (curtains), ABS, electronic brake distribution and electronic stability control as part of the standard kit.

 

And needless to say, ANCAP Safety gave it 5/5 for safety. So, in essence, this is a pretty safe thing to be in.

 

Price

No 1.6 dCi and no 4×4 (ah, those modern SUVs) – the Qashqai Ti is offered only with one 2.0L petrol engine. Thankfully though, there are two gearboxes to choose from.

 

The manual six-speed one will cost you $34,490, while the practicality of an auto gearbox raises the bar to $36,990. Overall, nothing fancy or obscure here.

 

Features

You’d expect the Qashqai Ti to be feature-laden, taking into account its almost-premium price tag, right? After all, the CX-3 offers AEB are rear parking sensors as standard across the range.

 

Alright, here’s what the Qashqai Ti provides as standard:

 

  • Sat Nav
  • Six-speaker stereo
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • All around-view cameras (including a rear-view camera)
  • Keyless entry
  • Start button
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • Electronic stability control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Blind spot detection
  • Cruise control
  • Auto LED headlights
  • Heated and electrically operated front seats
  • Leather in the interior
  • Auto parking
  • Space-saver spare
  • Big sunroof
  • Auto wipers
  • 19-inch alloys

 

There are some exceptional components on this list – namely the around-view cameras and the proximity lock/unlock. Still, it doesn’t have autonomous emergency braking like the cheaper Mazda 3 Maxx does.

 

Pros and cons

Welcome to the Biddly pros and cons section. We’re about to turn the Qashqai Ti upside down and do whatever it takes, to uncover its positives and negatives. First thing’s first – the good:

 

  • Huge boot (430 litres)
  • Interior space
  • Ride & handling

 

And the not-so-good:

 

  • The price tag is close to premium rivals
  • Infotainment system and controls could be better
  • Lacks key safety features like AEB

 

Verdict

While the lack of a four-wheel drive might potentially bewilder you, ask yourself this question – how many of those 4×4 owners actually go off-road in order to test their SUVs? Not a lot, actually.

 

And applauds for Nissan, because they obviously know that and even if some of you may feel let down by that the fact that the Qashqai is only available as a 4×2, it’s not so shocking as many modern SUVs are going down the same path.

 

Anyway, the Qashqai Ti is spacious (it’s bigger than both the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V), very comfortable and has a more-than-decent amount of standard kit. It might be more expensive, but it’s a brilliant all-rounder.

FINANCE SECTION

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