As kids, few of us dream about being trapped in the boot of growing up to own a Nissan Qashqai 1.6 DCI diesel. We dream of supercars, but then reality -- along with double-dip recessions, mortgages and families -- shatter these dreams into a million tiny shards.
Thank goodness then, for cars like the brilliant Nissan Qashqai. It can't shred tarmac, but for grownups living in the real world, it's far better than a supercar. It has comfortable suspension, plentiful cubby holes, a highly adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, and a boot so big it can double as a makeshift playpen for your offspring.*
It's no slouch, either. The 1.6-litre DCI engine -- new in the range -- is punchy and delivers lots of power and torque, so you can have fun with it after you've dropped the kids off at school. It's also extremely frugal considering the massive lump of car it has to pull around. It'll do 62.8mpg while emitting 119g/km of CO2.
The onboard equipment and technology is very good, for the most part. The panoramic glass roof gives you a huge window to the skies and brightens up the cabin immensely. Meanwhile, Nissan's Around View Monitor system -- available on the n-tec+ versions -- uses cameras to place a birds-eye view of the car on the dashboard display, which helps tremendously with parking in tight spaces.
As you'll learn in the video, the Qashqai is a brilliant piece of machinery in almost every respect. It isn't a car you necessarily dream of owning as a youngster, but it's definitely a car you'll be happy waking up every day to as an adult.
*Please don't try this at home. The child used in this video is a highly trained stunt baby.