Qash and Carry; the Nissan Qashqai Is Great to Transport the Family and Has Models for All Budgets and Needs, Finds DEREK STEWART-BROWN
Byline: DEREK STEWART-BROWN
BUILT in Britain, Nissan's Qashqai is one of the Japanese manufacturers' biggest success stories.
Among the overall top-10 sellers in the UK, the mid-sized Nissan offers all the versatility you can want from an everyday motor.
It's a family car, an SUV and a bit of an off-roader all in one sexy package - and you can load it with extras.
The high driving position and roomy but compact interior, which has the ability to absorb a whole family and their clutter, has made the Qashqai a winner since it was launched in 2006.
Back then, it was seen as quite a quirky looking car, although it has since spawned a number of imitators, including the Skoda Yeti and Peugeot 3008.
But none have had the overall appeal of the Nissan.
A series of makeovers later, and the popular Nissan is now a very refined machine.
The trim levels available - Visia, Acenta and Tekna - offer excellent spec.
And there's a special n-tec version - a stunner that comes with a rear parking camera.
Choose the Tekna and you can opt for a 360-degree camera set-up that you might expect from a car costing three times as much.
Nissan have also priced the various Qashqai models from just pounds 16,000 upwards, which offers great value.
The number of variations across the range in terms of engine sizes and trim levels is extraordinary and it's possible to spend as much as pounds 28,000.
Despite the huge volume of sales, expected to reach 500,000 next year, the market for a second-hand Qashqai is buoyant and the residual values are extremely good. …