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By David Motton
28 August 2008 12:38
Don't let Nissan catch you calling the new Qashqai+2 an MPV. Like its jacked-up hatchback little brother, this is one of Nissan’s growing family of ‘crossover’ vehicles – mainstream cars with a pinch of 4x4 here and a hint of people carrier there. Just think of it as a Qashqai hatch but with a couple of extra seats. It’s a flavour car buyers seem to like – the Qashqai is the fastest-selling car in Nissan’s history, racking up 250,000 sales in Europe since its launch in March 2007. For Qashqai, read cash cow...
The Qashqai+2 is 211mm longer than the regular car, but Nissan hasn’t taken the lazy route and just extended the rear overhang. There’s a 135mm increase in the wheelbase, which gives a much-needed boost to legroom for passengers in the middle row. There’s more space for luggage, too, up from 410 to 550 litres (when seats six and seven are folded into the floor).
Definitely not. Nissan says seats six and seven have been designed for passengers of up to 1.6 metres in height, but it’s hard to see anyone being comfortable back there for long. Although the middle row tilts and slides forward to make getting to the third row easier, the opening is narrow and the sloping roofline and thick rear pillars add to the claustrophobic feel. Think of the third row as the automotive equivalent of the naughty step, and make the kids sit there as punishment.
Look upon the Qashqai+2 as a five-seater with two (very) occasional extra seats, and it starts to make more sense. The extra legroom in the middle row is a big improvement, and the seats can be slid back and forth to trade passenger space for more luggage room.
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RE: Nissan Qashqai+2 2.0 (2008) CAR review
Seems like the Nissan Qashqai +2 is to allow the brand to hit back at the 7 seater small people carriers like the Zafira, and judging by sales numbers it seems to be working.
07 February 2011 13:02
i guess those two bonnet bulges are to make the driver think it's a 300-SL?
29 August 2008 15:33
Yes I would'nt buy one but the Qash and the Kuga strike me as the acceptable face of the 4*4 fad.
29 August 2008 10:27
A Qash Qow indeed - I quite like this qar even if it tries to be a kind of pseudo 4x4 which I generally don't like! Quriosly Qovetable!
28 August 2008 17:07
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