A spaced out 7-seater

Bobby Cheetham

NISSAN’s 7-Seater Qashqai+2 Accenta is one of those understated vehicles that goes about its business quietly, efficiently and without fuss. This seven-seater vehicle’s dimensions have been increased to accommodate a third row of seats, without losing the distinctive crossover proportions of the original.

Indeed, Nissan’s mid-size crossover is ideal for the growing young family who need a vehicle to cover most daily needs and then, on weekends, have enough space for all the goodies and gadgets one needs to make life bearable on a leisure breakaway.

The secret to this is the fold-down seats that can be configured in many options to allow for bulkier luggage. Just about anything, including the kitchen sink, can be accommodated with ease in the Qashqai+2 two-litre Accenta.

Purposefully designed to cater for those who need more space and flexibility, yet without any compromise on styling, the vehicle is set to build on its success locally and abroad with more than 5500 units sold.

Recent updates reinforce its position as a stylish crossover, which combines the dynamic driving characteristics of a sporty hatchback, with the robust, solid virtues of a compact SUV.

The most notable visual change is at the front, where an enhancing makeover has taken place.

All-new bonnet, front bumper, distinct new grille and headlamps give the crossover an air of premium sophistication, presence and quality.

At the rear, the new combi-lamp design with 12 LED stop-tail function, inner reflectors, bright chrome graphic, transparent outer lens and dark chrome bezel finishes – add to the aggressive sporty appeal.

In addition, the new aerodynamic spoiler enhances the body side characteristics and gives a very distinctive appearance in the daytime, with the LED lighting offering a unique signature in the urban night.

Simultaneously boosting the urban-adventurite look and commendable levels of practicality, the vehicle features sleek and practical roof rails as standard fit on the 2.0 litre model.

Inside, the vehicle features an innovative upgraded design to the main display for added clarity and legibility. A redesigned drive computer is positioned between the two dials.

The thin film transistor (TFT) shows instantaneous and average fuel consumption, mileage, time, cruise control and speed limiter settings among others, providing the driver with an easy- to-understand interface with their car.

The addition of the footwell illumination provides for a welcoming warm ambience on getting into the car.

Additional oddment storage has been created for added convenience, with storage space at the base of the central cluster, which is ideal for a mobile phone or portable audio player.

A new storage space for parking tickets, keys and swipe cards located below the ventilation controls, adds to the convenience.

Power comes from a four-cylinder 2.0 litre petrol engine, which produces maximum power of 102kW at 5200rpm, with maximum torque of 198Nm at 4400rpm.

The vehicle reaches 100km/h in an acceptable 10.5 seconds and has a top speed of 193km/h. The CO2emissions level is rated at 199g/km.

Combined fuel consumption figures for the model are given as 8.5 l/100km.

It is priced at R345900.


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