Firstly, a big thank you to our car rental team, Enterprise (leigh near Manchester), for allowing us to test and review another part of their fleet – the Nissan QASHQAI DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.5 dCi Tekna 5dr Manual. Enterprise are very much different to us, in that they offer short-terms solutions to individuals and businesses i.e. daily/weekly/monthly.
For individuals, car rental can sometimes assist those persons who have bad or poor credit. As contract hire is a credit based financial product, it is sometimes difficult for a customer to procure a long-term solution as their credit simply does not suit the product. As rectifying your credit position can take some time, we appreciate that a car (or van) may be required from time to time. With car rental organisations like Enterprise, this offers a short-term and practical solution as this is done on a “non-status” basis i.e. no credit checks.
For a business, car hire can often assist if you have a new employee and you do not want to commit to a long-term product like contract hire until the employee has completed their probation period of 3 or 6 months.
With contract hire, it is a fixed term contract and so if the employee did not work out, you would need to early terminate the contract to return the vehicle – essentially paying an amount equivalent to half the remaining rentals or more. As such, car hire may prove to be a slightly more practical solution (albeit more expensive).
· Pearl – Storm white
· Part leather – Graphite
· 18″ alloy wheels
· Graphite interior trim
The Tekna is the highest specification model within the Qashqai range. As such you get heated windscreen, privacy glass, rain sensing wipers, hill start assist, Bluetooth, around view monitor, cruise control, intelligent park assist, lane separate warning, rear view camera, 5” touchscreen display, sat nav, body coloured exterior, electric folding mirrors (and heated), BOSE premium sound system,. DAB radio, automatic headlights, leather steering wheel, leather upholstery, LED lights, heat pack, LED pack, 60/40 spilt folding seats, intelligent key, alarm, immobiliser, heated front seats and 18” alloys. In terms of additional factory options, consider the upgraded 19” alloys or the glass roof pack for the complete SUV.
In terms of technical specification, company car drivers can note the P11d of £28,180.00 and CO2 at 99g/km for calculation of Benefit In Kind. The 1461CC 6 speed manual engine delivers 110ps, combined MPG of 74.3 and 0-62 times of 11.9 seconds. Service intervals are set at every 12 months or 18,000 miles, so do consider the benefits of a driver maintained vs funder-maintained arrangement.
Without doubt, the mid-size SUV category is the most competitive in the UK’s automotive industry and choosing your ideal leasing option is no easy task. So would you have the Qashqai on lease or would you be heading to the Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tuscon, Peugeot 3008, VW Tiguan or Ford Kuga?
Let us know your thoughts!
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