2020 Nissan Qashqai – Upgraded and very efficient -For a real facelift, it is still too early, Nissan has missed his “draft horse” only one last year. This time it was enough “just” for a new engine, but it has it all. In Barcelona, the new 1.3-liter gasoline engine with up to 160 hp should be presented. After a two-hour flight, on which a nice elderly lady and her dog “boss” from the Catalan capital flocked to me, the Nissan expected Team us in the middle of the city to introduce the new engine with seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
For the first time at Nissan. I have to admit, to date, I’ve never driven a Nissan Qashqai and was very curious to see what the little crossover has on the box. Already the theoretical presentation promised a sporty and direct driving experience as well as an improved acceleration from the stand, apart from the reduced noise level. I could not wait for the practical test the next day.
2020 Nissan Qashqai Redesign & Updates
For the first ride, the 160 hp version was provided directly. One should not be lumpen. The charged 1.3-liter four-cylinder with petrol particulate filter and Euro 6d Temp classification, which becomes mandatory from September 2019, purrs quietly like a kitten but has the power of a full-grown lion. Goes well, one would say and is fun. More power and torque, a direct response and an even power development characterize the engine, which in addition to a quieter driving experience also contributes to the good mood.
I like it, especially the quiet engine. He is definitely fun. The interior is quite noble for a small SUV. Nappa leather seats with quilted surfaces, a flattened down steering wheel and of course the new NissanConnect infotainment system. Even though we were not allowed to test it directly in the car so as not to accidentally delete the preset routes, we were able to catch up at a terminal in the hotel. The system allows easy Internet updates for maps and software and has in all trim levels above the entry-level version Vista on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can unlock additional features via a new smartphone app called “Door to Door Navigation”. The route can be planned at home or in the office and sent to the navigation system. The included service TomTom Premium Traffic provides with real-time traffic data for even better route guidance with more precise travel times. Very handy, especially if you can plan the routes before the ride comfortably at the kitchen table and set.
2020 Nissan Qashqai Performance
In between, we swapped the vehicles to test the other engines. The 140-hp version of the 1.3-liter delivers with 240 Newton-meters more torque than its predecessor and here you can tell the difference to the 160-hp brother. Because when it comes down to it, he weakens a bit on the chest. When consumption differs, the various performance levels hardly: The 140-horsepower variant officially needs 5.3 liters per 100 kilometers, the stronger engine also. Of course, this always depends on the route and driving style. As the values are likely to correct quickly upwards.
The recommendation is thus clear to the 160 Hp version, whether with manual or with a dual-clutch transmission. You just have to switch less and you do not feel like you have to push in between when you’re in the lower revs. The big engine just makes you more cheerful and reacts faster to accelerator commands. I notice that in the winding streets of Catalonia and miss the stronger engine a bit. You can tell that something has happened here. The injection system has been improved, the shape of the combustion chamber, the turbocharger, and the friction have been reduced. Nice side effect: the service intervals have been extended from 20,000 to 30,000 kilometers.
2020 Nissan Qashqai Price
Luckily, not much has happened to its predecessor in terms of price: The 140-hp Qashqai is available from 21,350 euros, which cost 160 hp, 2,050 euros more. And who wants to drive automatic, is with 1,700 euros here. For the time being, however, the test car, with which we drive a bit into the mountains on the final lap, is enough for us. Hey, if already SUV, because already SUV.
Conclusion: Small but oho. The Nissan Qashqai is characterized as a compact but powerful crossover and with the new engines, he should still win a few more fandom. He is quiet, extremely agile and makes the mood, even if the smaller engine a few weaknesses are noted. But that should not be particularly significant in the city and let’s face it, the Catalan mountain landscape does not have everyone on the doorstep.