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Five reasons why this motor is The Sun Car of the Year


NOT many things could pack out Wembley.

England, obviously. Ed Sheeran. Adele. No problem.

 The Nissan Qashqai was crowned The Sun Car of the Year for 2021

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The Nissan Qashqai was crowned The Sun Car of the Year for 2021

Now there’s one more thing to add to the list: the Nissan Qashqai.

The original family crossover has found 640,000 happy customers over the past 14 years, enough to fill Wembley SEVEN times over.

Why are we telling you this? Because we’re utterly convinced the all-new Qashqai will continue to win many new fans for many years to come.

The old car was good. You know that. But this new one is next level. And still sensibly priced from just over £24k.

We liked it so much we’ve just crowned it The Sun Car of the Year.

Here are five reasons why…

Posh yet practical. Great stance. Clean lines. Understated.

Designer Matt Weaver compared the Qashqai to an iPhone and we see his point. Good simple design but with all the content you need embedded in it.

Hybrid engines. Intelligent safety systems. Good family space.

Which leads us nicely to the interior. Lots of soft-touch materials, more room in all directions, and the rear doors open wide to 85 degrees to make it easier to eject kiddywinks.

Also, the boot floor is reversible, with one side carpet and one side hard plastic for wellies and wet dogs. The little details count.

Hi-tech. It’s got THREE screens. A 12.3in TFT combimeter, 9in central touchscreen and a 10.8in Head-up display. [1]

That last one projects speed and satnav on to the windscreen in front of you so you keep your eyes on the road.

You’ll also like the intelligent adaptive cruise control which reads speed signs and automatically slows the car. That could save your licence. [2]

Plus, the top-view camera makes parking a doddle, and there’s wireless Apple CarPlay ® and wi-fi for up to seven devices. [3]

 640,000 people have purchased the car in the last 14 years

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640,000 people have purchased the car in the last 14 years

Luxury. We’ve already mentioned the soft-touch materials. Qashqai also has massaging front seats and a heated steering wheel for the first time.

You work hard. You deserve it.

Plus the huge panoramic glass roof lets light flood in. [4]

Hybrid engines. You have two choices. The first is a 1.3-litre turbo petrol with a 12v mild hybrid.

The second, coming this year, is called e-POWER and is really interesting. It uses a petrol engine to charge an electric motor which then drives the wheels.

The result being: instant torque and acceleration of an electric car without range anxiety. And no faffing about with a plug.

This is the stepping stone to our electric future.

Lighter, stiffer body. A bit nerdy but allow us to explain.

Nissan has worked hard in this area because a lighter, stiffer body improves pretty much everything: safety, efficiency, ride and handling.

We all feel better after losing a bit of timber, don’t we?

The cherry on top of course is that the Qashqai is designed, engineered and built in Britain, which makes it personal to a lot of people.

Nip down to your local Nissan dealer for a test drive. You won’t be disappointed.

[1] Features standard from Tekna grade.
[2] It is your responsibility to stay alert, drive safely and be in control of the vehicle at all times. Driver assist features have speed and other limitations and should not be solely relied on. For more information, please refer to the owner’s manual or visit nissan.co.uk/techterms.
[3] Around view monitor and wireless Apple CarPlay standard from N-Connecta grade. Apple CarPlay is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Wi-Fi hotspot available from N-Connecta grade for an additional charge on subscription. Data packages obtained via Orange in accordance with their terms and conditions. Download the NissanConnect app to find out more.
[4] Panoramic roof standard from Tekna grade. Heated steering wheel and massaging seats standard on Tekna+ grade.





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