The Qashqai is a crossover vehicle which is a ruggedly styled concoction of traditional hatchback and four-wheel drive
The used Nissan Qashqai's purpose on earth must be to help me learn to count. This is because they appear to be breeding like newly-wed rabbits, and I have to keep a check on their numbers. When I first previewed the Qashqai in 2007, there were literally only twenty in existence. Now, in 2010, they have sold in such numbers that I need a ninety-foot abacus to keep track.The Qashqai is a 'crossover' vehicle which is a ruggedly styled concoction of traditional hatchback and four-wheel drive. However, it should be noted that this likeable machine is happiest counting-up the miles on tarmac rather than mud-plunging. Wannabe owners can choose from two body styles, the standard five-seater and the Qashqai+2. The latter has a third row of seats making seven in total. Great, more adding. Now, Nissan worked hard to ensure the Qashqai handles properly, and they have been more successful than the bloke who invented the pocket calculator. Despite being noticeably lofty, there is very little body roll to unsettle your maths books, and this crossover vehicle changes direction beautifully. Those who want even more traction can choose a 2.0-litre model that has confidence inspiring four-wheel drive. The robustly constructed Qashqai is available with four engines. These (let's count) are the 1.6-litre 113bhp and 2.0-litre 138bhp petrols, and the 1.5-litre 104bhp and 2.0-litre 147bhp diesels. If my wallet was wondering Nissan's way, I would slide into the 2.0-litre diesel as it hits 60mph in 9.8 seconds and averages 47mpg. It also rests in the sensibly priced road tax band H/£180. Standard equipment, as fitted to the Visia, includes six air-bags, bluetooth, and a glove-box cooler. How did we ever survive without one of those? The Acenta adds automatic headlights and steering wheel mounted audio controls, and the Tekna has leather upholstery and a panoramic sunshine roof. Rumours of a special edition 'adding up' trim are totally unfounded.