It had to have been one of the most difficult words to pronounce in the motoring world. It took South Africans years to get it right. In fact, I still have people asking me how to say it or speaking to me with confidence as they say the word, “quash kai,” or “cush kay.” It is, of course, the Qashqai…said “Cash Kai.” Or as some like to term it, “Cash Cow” because of well it has done for the Nissan brand.
The Nissan Qashqai is a firm favourite among families. It first launched in SA back in 2007 and was one of the first crossovers to hit our market. It offered everything a family was after; practicality, space, performance, efficiency, and exceptional value for money. And it continues to do just this. Now only in its second generation, Nissan has added a limited-edition variant called the Midnight Edition which features a black roofline and darkened front bumper insert as well as 19-inch alloys, and gloss mirror caps. It has to remain relevant, as it competes with the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Creta and Honda HR-V to name but a few. Not to mention the recently launched Volkswagen T-Cross.
Inside this Midnight Edition you’ve got some black treatment as well as you can see on the air vents and gear knob. And of course you’ve got goodies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The standard model range has all that you need in terms of spec, but it’s the perceived quality of the Qashqai that makes it so popular. The cabin is somewhat conservative, but it is functional, which is what you want from a practical family car.
Speaking of practical, the boot is a generous 480-litres and you have a 60:40 split rear bench. The space in the rear is pretty generous too with ample leg and headroom. It also shines in terms of safety. Especially when it comes to the top of the range Tekna model that boast Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility which includes features such as Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning and Cross Traffic Alert.
The Qashqai is offered with two engines, a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 85 kW and 190 Nm which sure is punchy enough, but you can also look out for the 1.5-litre turbodiesel. This Midnight edition comes with the 1.2 litre engine mated to a CVT transmission. It is certainly powerful enough, maybe not at pull off initially, but I think that most who are driving this car will be more than satisfied with the power on offer.
Fuel consumption is claimed at 6.2l/100 km on this engine.
The Qashqai Midnight Edition is priced at R480 000, but the Qashqai range starts at R408 400 for the 1.2 Turbo Visia model. It goes right up to R508 400 for the top of the range 1.2T Tekna CVT model.