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Nissan Qashqai n-tec

"The Nissan Qashqai n-tec is loaded with technology and economical engines."

The Nissan Qashqai n-tec is a well equipped version of the compact crossover SUV that has loads of technology on board. The n-tec trim always focuses more on technology and convenience, while the higher Tekna trim is more about adding an extra dose of luxury.

The n-tec trim sees kit like a 360-degree camera fitted, which is operated through the touchscreen infotainment system, and Nissan's Smart Vision Pack (which comprises a lane departure warning system, traffic sign recognition, active braking, high beam assist and front and rear parking sensors). Also included is a starter button, power foldable mirrors and smart 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Qashqai n-tec has two petrol and two diesel engines to choose from. The smallest is a 113bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol, which isn't as slow as you think. Its 0-62mph time of 10.9 seconds certainly isn't the quickest of the engine choices, but does prove that size isn't everything. The diesels will be your better option, though, as they are more capable of lugging you, your family and all of your stuff. They're also better at towing. The most economical is the 1.5-litre dCi 110 diesel engine, which is capable of returning up to 74.3mpg. It's just £20 to tax (narrowly missing out on being tax-free, thanks to the n-tec's 18-inch alloy wheels), but it remains the slowest accelerating engine in the range.

Good points

The Qashqai is really comfortable to drive. It absorbs all but the largest of bumps and potholes with ease and the raised driving position is great for forward visibility.All of the tech on board this n-tec model begs the question: why would you spend more on the Tekna trim? The 360-degree camera and safety kit will add peace of mind and the sat-nav and keyless start systems add a lot of extra convenience.Pretty much all of the engines are economical; even the smallest petrol is capable of up to 49mpg.

Bad points

Complaints about reliability have become a real niggle for the new Qashqai. It placed a disappointing 148th for reliability in the latest Driver Power 2015 owner satisfaction survey, and Nissan dealerships placed a very lacklustre 29th out of the 31 car brands surveyed.It's a good job you get a 360-degree camera and parking sensors with the n-tec, as the Qashqai offers sub-par rear visibility.For a family car, it's not actually that spacious in the back. Some rivals beat it on boot space too.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Electric folding wing mirrors
  • Alarm
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Auto climate control
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Single CD player
  • AUX stereo input
  • DAB Radio
  • Cruise control
  • Sat nav
  • Stop/Start
  • Automatic wipers
  • Reversing camera
  • Rear electric windows
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • Spare wheel

Our choice

The 1.5-litre dCi 110 diesel engine is all you'll really need. Granted, it is the slowest engine in the range, but it offers impressive economy and a decent amount of low-down pulling power.

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