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2018 Lamborghini Urus

The SUV Craze HAS to Stop!

There’s no denying that the world, not just Ireland, has become obsessed with SUVs. SUVs used to be seen as a utility vehicle before it was seen as a luxury car, hence the name Sports Utility Vehicle. Morphing from a Toyota Landcruiser or Land Rover Defender into the shape of a Land Rover Range Rover or Bentley Bentayga.

The latter is a new comer onto the scene. I could hack the likes of the Hyundai Tuscon, Ireland’s best “selling” SUV, or Nissan Qashqai. But, once Bentley came out with the concept to the Bentayga, it seemed like every car manufacturer needed an SUV in their line-up.I felt the need to write this piece after seeing that Lotus have a plan for an SUV in the works. In September 2017, Lotus was bought over by Geely, the owners of Volvo. The SUV will, seemingly, have the underpinnings of a Volvo SUV, probably the XC60 or XC90, but will also be engaging to drive. This sounds rather like the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. A snarling Bi-Turbo V6 puts out 510hp out of the four wheel drive SUV. This same V6 is seen in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

But not only is it Lotus and Alfa who are “answering customers needs”. Porsche have the Macan, Rolls Royce have the soon-to-be-released Cullinan, Lamborghini have the hideous Urus and Land Rover even added an extra Range Rover to the line-up, the Range Rover Velar.

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Stop Buying the SUV!

It has to stop! I am definitely a fan of fast estates, who isn’t? The 2018 SEAT Leon Cupra is one to be commended. It retains the same agile handling as the hot hatch Volkswagen Golf R on which it’s based. Right up to the Daddy of Audis, the Audi RS6. A quick estate makes so much sense on so many levels. While the SUV craze may be the replacement for the hot estate, I just can’t get behind it. Crossovers, SUVs or Jeeps, whatever you want to call it, should be left for people who really need them. Let’s go back to the stone age and leave them as being utility vehicles and 4x4s. Do Jim or Mary down the road need that 2018 Nissan Qashqai to drop the kids to school or do the weekly shop? Similarly, will you welcome a 2018 Lamborghini Urus at your local Cars and Coffee event in a couple of years’ time? I for one, won’t. In the words of Helen Lovejoy, “Won’t somebody please think of the children?!”

2018 Nissan Qashqai Exterior

2018 Nissan Qashqai Review – New Car Review Ireland

There’s a reason the old generation Nissan Qashqai dominated its segment – It was practical and cheap. Exactly what consumers look for when buying in its segment. The Qashqai has been given a makeover for 2018 and I’ve been driving it. Does it live up to its predecessor?

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I’m a single, 23 year old who has no kids so thankfully I have no need for the Qashqai but I can see why it sells so well. From the outside, the old bubbliness of the first generation has been replaced with a sleeker, muscular body painted in Vivid Blue on my press car. The B-Segment SUV sat on 19-inch black and chrome alloy wheels, standard on SVE trim. Due to the nature of larger alloys, road noise is noticeable at higher motorway speeds. I respect the fact that Nissan tried to sound proof the cabin but the reason I know this is because I could see the material used behind some exterior body panels. The grey Styrofoam material could be seen behind the wings when you opened the driver’s door. This and the fact that a lot of the interior plastics are of questionable material, it’s known that Nissan cut corners in terms of quality.

Welcome Into The Interior Of The Nissan Qashqai

Inside this highest spec car, Nissan equipped these super comfortable and great looking Nappa Leather quilted seats. Both the front two seats were electrically adjustable with the driver’s one having memory functions. This interior oozes practicality with the centre console’s armrest doubling up as a two tier cubby hole. The top part is the perfect size for a phone and wallet while the bottom part holds a couple of 500ml bottles of water. Although, the cup holders are massive, my little flat white was lost in them. Still, if you’re a fan of massive take away mugs of coffee in the morning, you’ll be more than happy to know that there are space for two up front.

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This week’s coffee spot – Ebb and Flow, Clontarf.
Said flat white came from my local – Ebb and Flow. The shop, fronting a hairdressers, has been in business since 2015 and is owned by Dave Smyth. But the faces that greet you as you walk in are what I come back for, not only the coffee. The Baristas are always full of chat and are there to brighten up your day.

Ebb and Flow stocks the Irish owned Full Circle Roasters coffee. In the grinder that day was Full Circle’s Single Origin. This fruity coffee makes the perfect flat white. It has strong tones from blueberries, cacao and violet  softly complimenting the flatty nicely.

Ebb and Flow charge €3.00 for a flat white and €2.50 for an espresso.

As For The Infotainment?

I criticised the new Nissan Micra for its infotainment system. To my despair, the system has not been updated for 2018. Although it works just fine, it’s messy. Too many buttons feature on the sides and the graphics look as if Nissan are only discovering colour screens now. There is an upside to the abundance of buttons, however. For someone unlike me who is used to the newest tech, the old school system is easy to navigate with each button doing exactly what you want it to.

 

Do You Even Practicality Bro?

Space to the rear is good. In my driving position, there was plenty of leg and headroom and the outer passengers benefit from a central arm rest. If you pull the short straw and are plonked in the middle, fear not – the transmission tunnel is small so leg room isn’t compromised too much.

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The boot features a false floor split in half so you can decrease or increase the depth of the boot. With it on the top setting, the load lip is minimal so you can slide larger items in and out with ease. To my surprise, the Nissan Qashqai had a full sized spare wheel in the boot. However, this is chucked out if you opt for the Bose sound system.

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Let’s Take to the Road

The Qashqai was never about the drive so look away now if you are looking for something more engaging. The 1.2 DIG-T is a 115hp, 190Nm turboed four cylinder petrol. The petrol makes much more sense to the style of driving I did. I mainly did city runabouts with the odd scoot down the motorway. This resulted in an average fuel consumption of 6.6l/100km over almost 400km. The peak torque of this engine arrives at 2,000rpm. This means that at lower revs, there is little power and the car feels sluggish. However, the reason I would want the petrol over the diesel is because the cabin is quieter than that of the diesel. If the joy of driving matters more to you when it comes to a family car, then lean more towards the Mazda CX-3 or CX-5.

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What Do You Get For Your Money?

The Nissan Qashqai starts at €26,070 for the XE. For this test car, expect to part with €34,320. As standard on SVE is Black Nappa Leather seats, electrically adjustable front seats and Driver Assist Pack including Intelligent Park Assist. The park assist is very intelligent, indeed. The bird’s-eye view is extremely accurate and much more convenient than just the regular parking sensors.

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Would I Buy One?

Will the 2018 Nissan Qashqai be as successful as it’s predecessor? Yes, no doubt. Although its build quality is dubious, its an overall impressive package. With competition from like likes of the Opel Mokka, Skoda Yeti (Soon to be the 2018 Skoda Karoq) and Mazda CX-3, it has a lot to live up to. If €34,320 is too strong, there is plenty of value in lower trim levels.