2018 Nissan Qashqai
Nissan was the first to the small SUV party in Australia with their Nissan Dualis - now known as the Qashqai. But with the market now writhing with competition, how does the latest Qashqai measure up?
With the recent addition of Nissan to the Bartons Motor Group family, it is safe to say there has been a lot of excitement among the dealership about the host of new models available. Last week, Michael Westlake was able to test drive the Nissan X-Trail to review – this week I’ve been lucky enough to review one of the new models myself – the 2018 Nissan Qashqai.
At a glance, the all new Qashqai looks stylish, sleek and quite familiar to its 2017 predecessor. However, a few noticeable enhancements have been made to bring it up to date with current Nissan thinking. These include a new iteration of the ‘V Motion grille’, revised headlights and a sportier front and rear bumper design.
The car is beautifully built and presented, but it’s not until you step inside the cabin that the depth of Nissan’s superior build quality can be fully realised. Despite the Qashqai’s small SUV form factor, the cabin’s functional design and layout creates a spacious interior and an enjoyable driving experience for the driver and passengers alike. Plus, if you opt for the Ti model you’ll enjoy a stunning panoramic glass roof that opens up the space even more (just remember to keep your eyes on the road!).
If you do let your eyes wander though, don’t despair! The Qashqai is one of the safest cars in the small SUV market with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating and a plethora of safety features and technologies so you can have peace of mind each time to step into the driver’s seat. All Qashqais come equipped with at least six SRS airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls, forward collision warning, reversing camera, forward auto emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors and lane departure warning.
ST-L, N-TEC and Ti buyers will pick up even more powerful capabilities like around-view cameras with moving object detection, park assist, blind spot warning and drowsiness detection based on the model. Although that may seem like quite the mouthful, each of these features play an important role in the Qashqai’s ability to deliver an extremely safe and pleasant driving experience that makes it perfect for families and professionals – particularly during the busy commute to school and work!
Personally, my favourite intelligent feature of the Qashqai has to be park assist function available in the N-TEC and Ti versions – it completely eliminates the stress of parking in a busy shopping centre or a tight spot since you can let the Qashqai literally take over the controls and park for you! I’ll admit, it’s a bit scary to do the first few times, but once you’re used to relinquishing the controls it quickly becomes a luxury you do not want to go without.
All in all, the 2018 Nissan Qashqai is a subtle but effective update from the MY17 model. It builds upon the stylish, compact and functional design philosophy that established Nissan as leaders of the now hotly contested small SUV market. Despite the immense competition, the 2018 Nissan Qashqai combines beautiful build quality and superior safety innovations to solidify its place as one of the top small SUVs on the market right now.
So, if you are considering a small SUV for yourself or the family, don’t hesitate to book a test-drive down at Bartons’ newest dealership – Bartons Wynnum Nissan!