2018 Nissan Qashqai Review



  Sleek, stylish, roomy, economical, and luxurious, all describe the 2018 Nissan Qashqai. No other crossover on the market offers the same level of value, technology, sporty good looks, and just plain driving pleasure as the Qashqai. Nissan offers the Qashqai in three trims - S, SV, and SL, and in both FWD and AWD. Available in eight-exterior and four-interior colours means even the most demanding buyers will find a colour combination to suit their taste.  


  What's especially nice about the Qashqai is that even the base "S" model comes standard with many features that were considered add-ons in most vehicles, just a few years ago. Every Qashqai comes with a colour touchscreen display, MP3/WMA CD playback capability, a USB port for compatible devices, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for streaming music or making calls. The SV and SL trims get an extra two speakers (totaling six), and SiriusXM satellite radio.  


  Usually, only luxury brands offer heated seats on base models but, Nissan does on many of their vehicles, and the Qashqai is no exception. Every Qashqai also comes standard with full power, air conditioning, front bucket seats, and remote a keyless entry system with alarm, panic, and remote rear-hatch release buttons. A move up to the SV trim adds a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, Remote Engine Start, Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control, and Nissan Intelligent Key with Push-Button Ignition. Leather-appointed seats come standard on the SL version.  


  Safety comes first at Nissan. Along with front, side, and roof-mounted airbags, every Qashqai also comes equipped with Nissan's Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System. SV and SL models come with Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert at no extra charge. The Qashqai SL takes safety even further with included Moving Object Detection and optional Lane Departure Warning and Intelligent Lane Intervention systems.  


  Always a leader when it comes to technology, Nissan seems to add more and more standard tech, every year. Included on all Qashqai trims are:

•   The Nissan Advanced Drive-Assist Display - A small LCD screen located on the instrument cluster between the RPM and KPH gauges. The 4.3-inch screen displays a variety of information including incoming calls, text messages, and service warnings.
•   Siri Eyes Free - Lets iPhone users tap into their phones Siri feature.
•   Five or Seven Inch Colour Display - The S and SV model come with a five-inch colour display while the SL trim gets a larger seven-inch screen. The SL also comes with Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation at no extra charge.  


  A 141 HP 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine powers all three trims. Nissan's Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) comes standard on SV and SL models and as an option on the S trim. AWD is available as an option on the S and SV versions, and the only choice on the top-of-the-line SL. Economy-wise, the 6-speed manual transmission gets a thrifty 8.1/10, while the automatic with FWD gets 7.3/8.8, and the automatic teamed with AWD gets 7.5/9.0. All figures are highway/city, litres per 100 Km.    If you're looking for a 2018 Nissan Qashqai inCalgary, look no further than Royal Oak Nissan. We have an incredible selection of new and used Nissans, offer on-site financing, and have one of the best service departments in all of Canada.    


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