Sunday, September 24, 2017

Luxury Ride on a Shoestring Budget?

                                     Review: 2017 Nissan Qashqai

Nissan’s 2017 Qashqai may be the leader of the pack when it comes to the most ‘features on a budget’ — however… luxurious? It is not.

You can get into a base model Qashqai at about $20,00, but if you want all the bells and whistles that the SL offers, you’ll be looking at somewhere around $30,000. I consider the Mazda CX-5 to be a strong competitor with this vehicle, and if you go for the top model in that class (GT) it’ll set you back about $35,000. You do the math.

Even though I don’t consider the Qashqai to be luxurious — it’s just not pampering enough, and the quality lacks in the interior and exterior features — I also don’t consider it to be a basic vehicle. This small SUV has everything that you could possibly need for a comfortable ride. And it looks good!

My likes:
  • Great stereo, Sirius radio
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Can connect your phone apps with the entertainment system
  • USB outlets (front)
  • Eco option, excellent fuel efficiency
  • Side mirror collision alert
  • Navigation directions appear in front of the driver when a turn is near, speed limit is displayed on main navigation screen, finds the fastest route based on traffic
  • Looks good, similar to the Murano in style yet an inch smaller than the Rogue 
  • Fun name; fun, smooth ride
  • Nice, comfortable, leather seats; heated front seats

My dislikes:
  • You need to download their app to use extra entertainment features, can’t just bluetooth your phone
  • Manual seat adjuster for front passenger, no USB outlet for back passengers, no heated seats for back passengers
  • No massage option for driver and front passenger
  • 1/4 sunroof — not full length of the vehicle 
  • No quick release for the trunk, you have to press the button under the trunk and physically close it (unless I missed something) — this is so old school and inconvenient
  • It’s unquestionably a 4-cylinder, no pickup
  • The back-up camera isn’t the greatest, I touched another car’s bumper and it didn’t even beep (no vehicles were damaged!)

I realize I’m much more picky than most when it comes to determining the ‘luxuriousness’ of a vehicle — so I will share that my passengers were ‘adequately impressed’ with this SUV. If you’re looking for functionality and comfort — you may want to consider the Qashqai — first, maybe figure out how to say it.

Luxury, New Car Blogger
Amanda Risser

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