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CRUISING: Price - £29,995 (test drive)

WHEN MY Vivid Blue Nissan Qashqai arrived I was mightily impressed. The colour caught my eye as did the new sexy lines on the next generation of this popular Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).

The latest edition of the Nissan Qashqai combines stunning looks with efficient aerodynamics, allowing you to enjoy city driving at its best. Launched in UK March 2007, the Nissan has sold over 1,000 units worldwide since then and if this new car is anything to go by, that figure should rise comfortably.

With new headlights, redesigned alloys and bold front grille, the Qashqai is more sophisticated and dynamic than ever before. Featuring a range of stunning style updates, including the bold V-Motion front grille, redesigned bonnet and luxurious new seats the Qashqai has never looked, or felt better. Upscaled down to the last detail, the ultimate urban crossover has been fine tuned to perfection.

Sink into the lasting comfort of Qashqai’s seats: with their new monoform design, high quality Nappa leather and soft 3D quilting fi nish, the pews in
this impressive new Nissan surround you in lasting, luxurious comfort. Talking about comfort, among the plethora of convenience aids include, heated front seats, height adjustable driver’s seats, intelligent auto headlights, electric speed-sensitive power steering et al.

Please note that the Vivid Blue premium metallic paint at £745 is not cheap but will certainly draw admiring glances. The Qashqai offers a high driving position for a commanding view in city traffic. It feels spacious, too, with a modern, versatile interior – although rear legroom is a little tight.

The first-generation Qashqai came in a seven-seat Qashqai+2 version, but this isn’t offered in the current model, so if you want seven seats, you’ll either need to step up the bigger Nissan X-Trail. You get five trim levels. There’s the mid-level Acenta and N-Connecta, which both come with desirable kit like front foglights and alloy wheels.

The Visia is a little spartan, while the range-topping Tekna and Tekna+ trims get luxuries like the aforementioned leather upholstery, but are rather more expensive.

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