The Nissan Qashqai is one of the UKs best-selling cars, breaking into the market in a way its more humble predecessors, the Almera and Primera, never did.
It isnt hard to see why. Its a well-built, practical, reliable family car, with fashionable pseudo off-road styling, a comfortable and well-equipped interior, and a range of economical engines. Theres also a seven-seater version, for even greater choice.
A new version now joins the fray, the Qashqai 360.
It may sound like a skateboarding move, but the Qashqai 360 actually replaces the n-tec+ trim line. Its named for its newest option, the 360-degree Around View Monitor. Using four small cameras mounted around the car, a central display screen shows you just how close you are to any obstructions, for parking with military precision.
Throw in some part-leather seats and its no surprise that Nissan expects the Qashqai 360 to be a best-seller. The outgoing n-tec+ model accounted for 60 percent of Qashqai sales in 2012.
Other equipment includes gloss black trim both inside and out, 18-inch Onyx alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, a panoramic glass roof, and aluminium pedals. You also get the Nissan Connect system. The display screen doesnt just show that 360-degree view, but also features satellite navigation, and Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity.
360 models can be had with the entire Qashqai engine range, from the petrol 1.6 and 2.0, through 1.5 and 1.6 dCi diesels, to the range-topping 2.0 dCi diesel with an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The whole lineup of 7-seat +2 models is also covered.
The 360 slots into the Qashqai range between the Acenta and Tekna models, offering kit like Nissan Connect and that panoramic roof over the Acenta, but missing out on snazzy Tekna touches like BOSE 7-speaker audio, colour images for the parking camera, keyless go, and xenon headlamps. For the basic 1.6, 360 models cost 1,850 more than the Acenta, and 1,350 less than the Tekna.
Priced from: 19,945 (1.6 manual) to 27,095 (+2 2.0 dCi auto 4WD)
On sale from: Now
The Qashqai gets a solid buzzScore, and theres little to fault it as an all-round family car. Some engines are lacklustre and some models are a little pricey, but it does pretty much everything youd ask of it.
Should you go for the 360? If the kit level sounds good to you, then by all means. The leather-trimmed seats, Nissan Connect system and Around View Monitor should all prove useful during the cars daily duties, making them worth the extra over lower-spec models. Nissan expects the 360 to be a big seller – and we agree.
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