DRIVEN: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta

The Nissan Qashqai is 10 years old. When the Qashqai first made its debut on the local market, we’re not sure anyone expected it to do as well as it did. It soon became a favourite and raked in some of the local awards. Now, a decade later, how does it fare in this current form? Pretty well actually.

We had the 1.5 dCi Acenta on test, which has a suggested retail price of R382 900. The interior has the feel of a C segment sedan. It’s spacious and can easily accommodate our family of five. Standard features include push start, heated seats, dual-zone air-con, steering wheel controls for the audio system, on-board computer, cruise control, and handsfree Bluetooth as well as an entertainment system that is MP3, CD, USB, Aux and iPod compatibility.

Safety is taken care of in the form of airbags (driver, passenger, side and curtain), privacy glass, vehicle dynamic control, hill start assist, chassis control, and child-proof rear door locks and much more.


Under the bonnet is a 1.5l 4cyl diesel with 81kW and 260Nm. The other important numbers are as follows:

Performance: 0-100kph in 11.9sec
Price: R382 900
After sales:
6yr/150 000km warranty
3yr/90 000km service plan

One of the highlights of this vehicle is the fuel economy. With various fuel saving techniques and start/stop functionality, the claimed consumption is 4.2 litres of diesel/100 km. While we didn’t quite achieve that, our best consumption was 5.2 litres/100 km with the average now sitting on 6.1 litres. One tank could easily get us through the week on my daily commute and then some over the weekend.

This particular Qashqai is a very capable vehicle and the perfect long-distance companion. If you’re in the market for a family SUV, be sure to give this one a fighting chance.

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