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2018 Nissan Qashqai: some road tests

The Nissan Qashqai really wasted no time in becoming very popular with Canadian buyers. Already sold elsewhere in the world, the Qashqai quickly became the second most popular vehicle in the Nissan lineup behind the Rogue. With the upcoming arrival of ProPilot technology, the Qashqai is sure to continue its momentum.

We have covered Qashqai many times in other texts. That being said, let's take a look at what the media thinks about Nissan's subcompact SUV.

The Nissan Qashqai is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. In terms of horsepower, the Qashqai is below the competition, but not by much. Its average fuel consumption is a tad above the segment average, but again the difference is minimal. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard on most models while a six-speed manual transmission is offered on the base front-wheel drive model.

We haven't had a chance to drive this variant, and I understand Nissan for not providing us with a manual Qashqai when we first encountered the vehicle in Nashville, Tennessee. This version makes it possible to offer the entry-level model at only $ 19,998 and thus boast of having the most affordable subcompact SUV in the segment, but the vast majority of new Qashqai owners will opt for the automatic transmission. available from $ 21,998.

This is its only real flaw, a flaw that will matter little to many buyers targeted by the Qashqai. This is a subcompact SUV focused on comfort, and at this level it doesn't disappoint. Supple, silent and equipped with enveloping seats, its handling is refined and pleasant, and you quickly feel confident behind the wheel - EcoloAuto.com

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You quickly find a good driving position and the steering wheel feels good in your hand, so much so that you have the impression that the vehicle will be driven with your fingertips. We were a bit disappointed on our first contact, as the steering seemed imprecise when we entered a turn. After talking to the folks at Nissan, we played around in the on-board computer to find, well hidden in a sub-menu, a function that allows you to adjust the steering in Sport mode. This one is much better than normal assist: it is more precise and gives a better feeling of control.

We couldn't test the manual transmission, but the automatic CVT behaved like ... a CVT. It does help fuel economy, but on exertion it pushes the engine up to high revs, making it louder. The power was still sufficient with good torque deployed quickly. In short, when it comes to handling, the Qashqai is not as dynamic as the Mazda CX-3, but it is a bit more than the Honda HR-V. If you've ever been disappointed with the Rogue, perhaps the Qashqai could reconcile you with the brand's SUVs, since it acts a little more dynamic than the latter. - Car guide

Contact us today at L'Ami Junior Nissan to learn more about the new 2018 Nissan Qashqai!