- What makes the Nissan Qashqai so popular
- Global sales weakness
- Pleasant, elegant appearance
- Comfortable seating comfort
- Standard consumption cannot be achieved
What makes the Nissan Qashqai so popular
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Even if it looks like an SUV and is in this class at the Federal Motor Transport Authority: The Nissan Qashqai is more of a higher-ranking Golf classmate with estate qualities…n.
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The tested version 1.6 dC has front-wheel drive, six-speed manual gearbox and a start-stop system. Its dimensions are length: 4,330 meters, width: 1,783 meters, height: 1,623 …meter.
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The turning circle is 10.6 meters, the wheelbase is 2.630 meters; the curb weight is 1,540 tons.
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The plastic desert in the cockpit is noticeable negatively.
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The trunk volume of the Qashqai is 410, with the rear seat folded down 1513 liters.
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In the Audi Q3, on the other hand, the luggage space ranges from 460 to 1365 liters.
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The 2.0 TDI version of the front-wheel drive SUV has a six-speed manual gearbox and also a start-stop system; and has the dimensions length: 4.463 meters, width: 1.851… Meters and height: 1,597 meters.
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The turning circle is 11.8 meters, the wheelbase is 2.603 meters; the curb weight 1.445 tons.
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Audi has had the Q3 on the market since 2011.
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Its cockpit looks higher quality compared to the Qashqai.
According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority, the Qashqai is the best-selling SUV in Germany. The Japanese doesn’t even need to shy away from a comparison with the high-quality Audi Q3. Even if it falls out of the ordinary.
D.he SUV buyers love the Nissan Qashqai. In Germany, the Japanese is number one in this category, which is evident from the latest quarterly figures from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The bestseller VW Tiguan, on the other hand, is still at the top of the SUV segment. The authority in Flensburg has redistributed the class of all-terrain vehicles into "real all-terrain vehicles" and "SUVs" – and thus put an import bestseller into the spotlight: the Nissan Qashqai.
Between January and April, 8803 buyers opted for the Qashqai, strictly speaking a mix of sedan, station wagon and SUV, 7704 units for the BMW X1 and 7,466 for the Opel Mokka. The Tiguan registered 19,958 registrations, the off-road vehicle division includes the Audi Q3 (7613 units) and the Audi Q5 (7092).
In contrast to the number one among SUVs, the Qashqai, the KBA has been accounting for compact SUVs, such as the Audi Q3 and VW Tiguan, in the real off-road vehicle segment since January because they were approved by the M1G type approval. The Flensburg company is now listing models with an “off-road character”, ie those without M1G type approval, for example BMW X1 and Nissan Qashqai in the new SUV segment.
Global sales weakness
The cross-sector market weakness for passenger cars also had an impact on sales of SUVs and off-road vehicles in Germany. It collapsed by 3.3 or even 5.3 percent. Therefore, the previous year’s record of more than 460,000 SUVs / SUVs sold will be difficult to beat this year. “However, it will remain by far the fastest growing market segment and will continue to gain in importance,” says car expert Ferdinand Dudenhoffer from the Center Automotive Research (CAR) at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
SUVs stand for more profit, more sales and are therefore a great opportunity for car manufacturers. This is clearly demonstrated by the manufacturers’ worldwide sales of SUVs. Toyota came onto the market in 2006 with the RAV4, the first "shrunk" off-road vehicle, and by the end of 2012 had sold around 2.79 million vehicles worldwide. With the Qashqai (outside Europe it is called Dualis), Nissan pushed the crossover trend in 2007 and delivered almost 1.82 million Qashqai / Dualis to customers by the end of 2012.
The Qashqai as a bestseller in the Nissan model range contributes significantly to the success of the Japanese manufacturer and thus to the result of the Renault-Nissan alliance, which was sealed in 1999. Its architect, Carlos Ghosn, is now the boss of both Nissan, Renault and Allianz. He restructured and reorganized Nissan at the end of the 1990s and led the then ailing group into Allianz. Today Nissan has a 15 percent stake in Renault and the French car company holds 43.4 percent of the shares in Nissan, for which it invested around 6.79 billion euros until 2002.
Pleasant, elegant appearance
One reason for success is the Qashqai. You can choose between front-wheel and all-wheel drive, five or seven-seater – the Qashqai + 2 with a longer wheelbase – as well as two gasoline and three diesel engines with outputs from 110 hp to 150 hp. The moderate base price from 19,890 euros is also attractive in this segment.
A comparison with the Audi Q3, according to the readers’ poll of ADAC-Motorwelt 2012, the “favorite car of the Germans”, the pleasing design of the German competitor becomes clear. The Qashqai clearly loses out here. In traffic it is still a pleasant appearance, depending on the paintwork, even elegant.
The big difference can be seen in the interior. The appearance of the hard-shell case when entering and the somewhat disdainful dashboard devalue the Qashqai. This is not just due to the choice of materials and the cost-driving premium ambience with lounge feeling in the Audi Q3. The dashboard styling can be done better by other Asian manufacturers, such as the Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage as well as the Toyota RAV4.
Comfortable seating comfort
Overall, the occupants feel more pleasantly and comfortably accommodated in the Audi Q3 than in the Qashqai. The seats are more comfortable, the noise is lower and the automatic climate control is easier to adjust. Both SUVs offer generous space in all seats with an overall high payload (Q3: 600 kilograms; Qashqai: 545 kilograms). The workmanship of the Audi is a tad better, as is the material quality.
The front-wheel drive cars are safe and agile to drive, the driver only wants more feedback when it comes to steering. They have a comfortable chassis and are easy to operate – the central display and control unit of the Q3 is great and a premium attribute.
Although the 1.6-liter four-cylinder of the Qashqai has a smaller displacement and, with 130 hp, a little less power than the Q3 with 2.0 liters and 140 hp, it has the same maximum torque of 320 Newton meters as the Audi, and is thus different both are insignificant in terms of mileage. In the sprint to 100 km / h, the Qashqai needs 10.3 seconds, 0.4 seconds more than the Q3, whose top speed of 202 km / h exceeds that of the Qashqai by 12 km / h.
Standard consumption cannot be achieved
The consumption calculation shows that they have one thing in common. The diesel consumption per 100 kilometers measured on the roll test bench in the EU standard cycle – 4.5 liters for the Qashqai (CO2 emissions 119 g / km) and 5.2 liters (137 g / km) for the Q3 – cannot be achieved in everyday driving . The calculated in practice is identical for both with 6.4 liters and the range with a full tank of over 900 kilometers is comfortable.
The Toyota RAV4, 2.2 D-4D shows that fuel consumption can be even lower despite the start-stop system. With a curb weight of 1.68 tons, the SUV with a 2.2-liter diesel engine and 110 kilowatts (150 hp) and four-wheel drive, which is around four hundred pounds, consumes just 0.3 liters more than the less powerful Qashqai and Q3 with front-wheel drive.
The Nissan Qashqai is an all-round good SUV. For the base price of 19,890 euros there is the Visia equipment line with a 1.6-liter petrol engine (117 hp). The tested top version Tekna with a standard panoramic glass roof and an assistant that visualizes the all-round view with four cameras and makes parking a lot easier, costs 33,100 euros (all-wheel drive another 1,500 euros).
Audi makes it clear that there is a difference between premium and best-standard cars, be it the lounge feeling for the occupants and the numerous optional infotainment and assistance systems. The price: As a front-wheel drive, the Q3 starts with a 2.0 TDI engine (140 PS) from 30,250 euros, as a Quattro 1950 euros more. The well-equipped test car costs 42,700 euros.
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