Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Small SUV Big on Value

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Small SUV Big on Value

Article excerpt

Unlikely to cause as much excitement as a full set of those ridiculous miniatures from Woolworths, the compact Nissan Qashqai line-up is complete.

Packed with the latest safety kit and as well as high-end Nappa leather-covered seats, the Ti grade starts from $37,990 plus on-roads.

That price puts the top-shelf Qashqai, pronounced "cash-ky" for those confused, within stretching distance of lower grade prestige variants like the Audi Q2 or Infiniti Q30, but right in the mix against the best compact SUV offerings including the Mazda CX-3 Akari, Toyota C-HR Koba and Hyundai Kona Highlander.

VALUE

Nothing is left on the options list, and for the $9000 jump over the base ST model you get the special leather 3D quilted seats with electric adjustment for the front two chairs, keyless entry with push-button start, seven-inch colour touchscreen with satnav and digital radio, panoramic sunroof, as well as dual-zone aircon.

The Qashqai was updated in December when Nissan introduced more sound-deadening materials and improved use of soft-touch materials.

Stop-gap N-Tec models are still being phased out and while they are equipped similarly, the Ti adds the better seats, radar cruise control and functionality that can steer the car if it starts to wandering outside the lane without indication.

Servicing intervals are every 10,000km or annual, with the average price over 12 visits $315.

The warranty is short by mainstream standards at three years or 100,000km, with roadside assist for the same period. Kia leads the way with seven and unlimited kilometres, while Hyundai, Mazda and Volkswagen (selected models) offer coverage for five years.

An extended warranty deal is available for another three years as long as it hasn't covered more than 150,000km.

DRIVING

Across the range is the standard four-cylinder petrol engine and unfortunately the Ti doesn't gain any additional zip. …

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