Our Fleet Test Drive: Nissan Qashqai+2 - 7th Report
12 January 2010
Author: Tony Rock
|P11D price:|| £22,970|
|Key rival:|| Vauxhall Zafira|
Apologies if this is a case of statin' the bleedin' obvious but the Nissan Qashqai+2 is so-called because it has two extra seats over the standard five-seat car.
Ordinarily, they double as the boot floor, but occasionally they're raised for ferrying kids+friends between various homes, saving on a second trip. Once you've removed the boot cover, pulling the seatbacks up is straightforward, and involves simply inserting an index finger into the cloth tab and yanking up and back.
Getting into and out of the rearmost seats if you're an adult, however, isn't quite so easy. Both of the seats in the second row slide and tilt forward, allowing entry to the fixed third row, but you'll need to have a certain amount of flexibility to clamber in and out. If you're over about 5ft 10in tall you'll probably knock your head on the roof, too, and will have to travel with your knees up around chest height. Saying that, though, the third row is comfortable (at least it was when I tried it when the car was parked up) and kids think sitting right at the back is a lot of fun. There's even a power point for portable DVD players etc.
|Nissan Qashqai 2 2.0 dCi Tekna|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average consumption||36.1mpg|
|Model price range||£15,395-£25,630|
|CO2 (tax) ||177g/km (26%)|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£100/£199|
|Boot space (min/max)||130/1520 litres|
|Why we’re running it||To be part of Nissan’s |
Intelligent Driver Project
|Positive||Seating arrangement flexibility|
|Negative||Alarm sounds mysteriously |