2015 Nissan Qashqai Tekna Dci Auto 1.6 turbo diesel

Summary:

Not a user friendly car around town and not a happy chappie at all

Faults:

The accelerator is too sensitive at low mileage e.g. about 15/20 mph. Very jerky and unpredictable. You never know when you're going to get a response, and the car may take off like a rabbit or just a crawl. Highly dangerous at roundabouts and junctions. The dealer has checked it on the computer and nothing shows up, so consequently they will do nothing. 3 times actually I have mentioned this issue and no satisfaction at any time. This is my 4th automatic car, over the past 15 years, so I know what I am talking about. I don't recommend this car to purchase, as driving it is so stressful. This is a £28,000 car, and for that money you would expect a superb car, but sadly this is not a good car. I'll have to keep it for some time yet as I would lose too much money to change it now, but I will at the first opportunity. As of now, I much prefer to drive my wife's 10 year old Nissan Note.

General Comments:

Good to drive when you get up to around 50/60 mph. Economical enough for an automatic. Road noise is very excessive for a car with this price ticket.

Lovely car to look at. Good driving position.

Floor mats supplied with car are so cheap and nasty looking.

Lights are very low, but cannot be adjusted as all this is automatic. Automatic wipers are not fit for purpose either as intermittent does not wipe often enough in a light shower and I have to go to the constant position.

Great brakes.

Finished off very cheaply with various bits and pieces, for e.g. the radio, speedometer and rev counter covers are covered with some kind of cheap perspex. Should be glass. First time I cleaned them with a cloth they became scratched. Never saw perspex used here before.

Very comprehensive computer system for various functions, but I only hope it keeps working as I can only imagine a breakdown here would be catastrophic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st August, 2016

2010 Nissan Qashqai Tekna 1.6 petrol

Summary:

A good all-rounder

Faults:

The handbrake cables failed - one side at a time. Note that aftermarket ones do not work well at the current time; genuine Nissan are the way to go.

The air conditioning unit began to make strange noises. This was traced to a leaking condenser. Once replaced, with a new receiver/dryer, we have had no further problems.

General Comments:

After 80,000 miles in four years (taking the mileage to over 200,000), our 2002 Toyota Avensis was getting tired and in need of expenditure in excess of its value, so it was time for a replacement.

My wife wanted a dark-coloured Qashqai with the reversing camera and sat-nav, so that narrowed it down to a Tekna or N-Tec. I preferred the look of the facelifted 2010-on model and did not want a diesel nor an automatic. The 2-litre petrol seems quite rare, so a 1.6 petrol was the optimum choice. I found this car and paid £8000. The price was affected by the high mileage, but this does not put me off and as it was ex-lease, it had a full service history.

After a year and putting nearly 20k on it, we remain very pleased. Aside from the issues noted above, it has had 4 oil changes, two air filter changes, two pollen filter changes and a new set of spark plugs. I have done all of this myself. It is fairly easy to work on, although you need to take the undertray off to get at the sump plug, and the spark plugs require the inlet manifold to come off, which is a bit of a pain (but prevalent on a lot of modern cars).

There is quite a lot of surface rust on the front crossmember, which will be sorted out in due course - but I would have expected Nissan to learn their lesson in this regard with the Micra and Almera.

The car drives very well and is practical and spacious for our family of three. I removed the 18" wheels with their 55-profile tyres and fitted 16" wheels with 65-profile tyres - much better ride quality (so useful on our potholed roads) and cheaper replacement costs with little loss of ultimate grip.

The 1.6 engine is a little undergeared (3500 RPM = 70mph) and could do with a sixth gear. Economy is pretty good - we have averaged 38 MPG over the last 20,000 miles, with two-thirds of the driving being in town.

The top-line Tekna specification has all the fruit - leather seats (heated in front), a Bose stereo, Xenon headlights, cruise control, a full-colour satnav (the 2010 maps are fine) and reversing camera, plus a glass panoramic roof.

We aim to keep the car as long as possible, at least until 200,000 miles ideally.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2015