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Nissan Qashqai +2 1.6 in the test: New basis for the long Qashqai

Achim Hartmann
Nissan Qashqai +2 1.6 in the test
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N after Nissan got the compact class with a grade, Tiida and Qashqai filled, the niches in the niches are now being filled. Because although customers of the most popular of the trio, the crossover Qashqai, clearly tend to the better equipped variants with two-liter engines, Nissan has a 1.6 relatively late for the extended +2 version (4.53 instead of 4.32 meters) -Liter base petrol engine, which was previously only available with a short wheelbase.

No all-wheel drive for the small engine

A clever move in times of crisis, because the Qashqai +2 1.6 with 114 hp is available from 22,190 euros - at least 3,050 euros cheaper than the still available gasoline engine with two-liter displacement and 141 hp. Nissan assumes that every fifth +2 customer will choose the entry-level variant. 114 hp and 156 Newton meters of torque sound rather poor at first when you think of the possible occupation of up to seven people - five adults plus two children in row three. However, the small engine does not have all-wheel drive, which is not available for an extra charge and thus saves more than a hundredweight of weight. The customers do not seem to be frightened by the lower traction, because 70 percent of the Qashqai has already been ordered as a pure front-wheel drive.

You feel sufficiently motorized

Nevertheless, the question arises: Is this Qashqai a waiver on wheels? Not at all, even if it is expected to take longer to complete an overtaking maneuver. But you feel sufficiently motorized, even on motorway inclines you are not immediately passed through to the rear. Of course, you have to stir more often in the five-speed gearbox - especially in hilly topography - which doesn't cause much trouble. Only when you go to the limits of the small four-valve engine and let the speedometer needle strive towards 180 km /h does the drive boom at around 5,500 rpm; underneath, his manners are largely impeccable. It runs quietly and with practically no vibrations, which is doubly positive in view of the low wind noise.

Consumption statistics in the info display help to save fuel

The 1.6-liter is not a miracle of savings, with a constant 130 km /h the on-board computer display fluctuates between eight and nine liters per 100 kilometers. TheTest consumption is 9.2 liters, but if you just caress the gas pedal, you can push the consumption to eight liters. Consumption statistics in the info display have proven to be very helpful, as they encourage receptive natures to drive economically and go well with the spirit of the entry-level version.

While the Qashqai does not lose any of its maneuverability with pure front-wheel drive, it quickly loses grip on the front wheel on the inside of the bend with a committed driving style. Then the ESP light flickers and the electronic reins gently intervene in the action - sporty is different.

Plenty of space and solid workmanship

However, the suspension does not share this characteristic - it is clearly designed too tight, which is particularly important on motorway stretches with frost scars and transverse joints in the surface mean that the structure of the seven-seater constantly shakes and trembles. The +2 1.6 shares this shortcoming with its siblings, but the heating, which reacts very slowly, seems to be a peculiarity of the small petrol engine. Otherwise, there are no significant differences to the expensive variants - as a five-seater, good space and plenty of space for luggage are paired with a low loading sill and solid workmanship. Sufficient plus points for the Qashqai +2, even if comfort and consumption are more of a minus.

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