A even if you don't look at it right away : The Nissan Qashqai is a world star. With well over three million units, it is one of the best-selling compact SUVs. So that there will be even more in the future, the Japanese will now get a Euro 6d Temp gasoline engine after the facelift, which will replace the old 163 hp 1.6 liter unit. The new 1.3-liter turbo engine, which was developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance together with Daimler, produces three horsepower less on paper, but generates 30 Nm more torque (260 Nm). At the same time, according to the NEDC, CO2 emissions fall to 122 g /km, while a particle filter also keeps the air clean.
Of course, the new engine is also supposed to save fuel, but this only works to a limited extent in the test. Although the test car weighs around 50 kilograms less at just under 1.4 tonnes, the average consumption of 8.0 liters of super per 100 kilometers on the AUTO route is 0.1 liters higher than the predecessor we tested. One reason: the old model was only available as a manual switch. Nissan now offers a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for an additional charge of 1,700 euros. The DCT7 automatic appeals immediately with its smooth and jerk-free gear changes. With it, the top petrol engine looks alert, speaks directly, revs easily and accelerates the compact SUV to country road speed in 8.5 seconds. Acoustically, it is pleasantly restrained, even in higher engine speeds. Thanks to better insulation, the noise level at 100 km /h is three decibels lower - that's half the sound energy. The braking distance of 34.4 meters from the same speed is a very good value.
Little driving comfort, but more assistance
Nissan has already improved the chassis during the 2017 facelift. Nevertheless, the Qashqai springs comparatively tightly, which the passengers feel especially on bad patches of asphalt. The steering reacts smoothly and, if required, simulates higher steering forces in sport mode, which does not hide the indirect design. After all, the redesigned steering wheel feels good in the hand. It looks much higher quality than the rest of the plastic-heavy interior - you would expect more from a 30,000 euro car. The infotainment system with its pixelated touch display and wide buttons is a bit old-fashioned, but can also be operated easily via voice control.
Also good: the large door shelves and the430 liter trunk with the split floor. For larger transports, there is space underneath the cover - with the rear seat folded down, the Qashqai packs almost 1,600 liters onto the flat loading area. The ProPilot assistance package (from 900 euros) now ensures more safety. As in the Leaf, it regulates the speed and distance to the vehicle in front, stays in lane and parks independently. The chances are good that the Qashqai will remain a global star.