Nissan Qashqai 2.0 dCi Tekna Review « The Wheel Deal

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Nissan Qashqai

2.0 dCi Tekna

Posted: November 18th, | By Thomas Falkiner

No matter how you say it, the Nissan Qashqai 2.0 dCi is the perfect car for our South African road writes The Wheel Deal

The thing about this obviously, is the fact that you get to the sort cars that 99 of the populace can only dream From nuclear-powered Mercs to Bond’s Aston Martin, us journos often find at the helm of some pretty machinery.

The problem is though, no how fast or powerful these beasts may be, they’re becoming and more frustrating to drive the ever decaying streets of Africa; Johannesburg in particular. For as the would rather pump the money into exorbitant banquets than the National Agency, our once sweet in now riddled with the sort of and canyons that’ll devour the of a supercar in one swift sitting. me a pessimist but – as I don’t see Zuma and Co. anything to ease the lives of a of Ferrari-driving “Eurocentrics” – I sometimes that the only antidote to the SA motoring experience lies the wheel of the SUV; specifically one this Nissan Qashqai.

Already available on the local for quite some time this funky Japanese twister is still the best in for two important reasons. Firstly not impractically large, which it great for everyday manoeuvring, and it behaves a lot more like a than something that’s with advanced 4#215;4 and an above-average level of ground

And this is because, made by the who’s brought us recent delights like the new 370Z and the Qashqai benefits from a little chassis and sporting set-up that gives it a edge over most of its For although you sit high up in the cab – perfect for traffic by the way – this Nissan very little body-roll and can be driven with a surprising of gusto when you’re in the

Granted, the Qashqai is nowhere as sharp to drive as a conventional but when you factor in the amount of weight its carrying and that centre of gravity, it’s not be impressed with the way it handles through corners. In fact, the VW Tiguan is as good.

Fitted a feisty turbodiesel engine, Nissan is no slouch in the velocity either and I was actually amazed at how quickly it could cover It might sound a little and unrefined at times but that engine sitting behind the bulging headlights is a joy to thrash and – for a diesel – thrives on high with no noticeable drop off in as you approach the redline. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, powerplant is fairly economical too the on-board computer in our unit despite my heavy-footed driving 7.9l/100km at the end of test.

Quick and satisfying to drive, the thing about the Qashqai is the way it up the sort of imperfections that’ll ordinary cars reeling. the ride is a little on the firm this Nissan never especially rattled over and performs well across a of different surfaces.

From the growing moon-crater that one of my weekly routes at the intersection of and Gleneagles Road, to mild tracks in and around the Magaliesburg, not much that the Qashqai handle. Of course while definitely no … bundu-basher, intelligent All Mode 4#215;4 (a system that allows you to between 2#215;4, automatic or 4#215;4) does provide bite to satisfy the needs of recreational dirt-slingers.

Reasonably priced and well with things like aircon and a … sound – although an Aux-in port be nice – the Nissan Qashqai is an and well-rounded package that in the face of life’s knocks. In words it’s the ultimate SA then.

Nissan Qashqai 2.0 dCi Fast Facts:

Engine: four-cylinder turbodiesel

Power: at 4000rpm

Torque: 320Nw at

Interior may be a dull but it#8217;s well ergonomic and comfortable. Racy lever and steering wheel a 370Z look and feel

are easy to read but the trip is a fiddle to navigate through to that awkwardly placed switch

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