Nissan Qashqai named best tow car of 2014

The new Nissan Qashqai has been honoured with two accolades at the Tow Car Awards 2014, including the top honour for Overall Winner.

Nissan’s popular family crossover car also won in the 1,400kg-1,549kg (kerb weight) category.

Tow Car Awards 2014

Helping to decide the winners of this year’s Tow Car Awards were judges from the Camping and Caravanning Club and from magazines including Practical Caravan and What Car?

They tested a record 56 cars, including many offerings from premium brands, before deciding that the latest Qashqai was the pick of the bunch.

The specific version of the new Nissan Qashqai which has won the two Tow Car Awards this year is the ‘Acenta Premium’ trim model with the frugal 128bhp 1.6-litre dCi diesel engine. This particular Qashqai is currently priced at £25,780 and emits just 115g/km in CO2.

The new Qashqai was launched in the UK market earlier this year and it boasts a maximum towing weight of 1,800kg. That represents an impressive 400kg improvement compared to the previous-generation Qashqai.

Judges of the 2014 Tow Car Awards were also impressed by the new Qashqai’s stability at speed, impressive performance, plentiful torque, smooth braking, and effortless hill-start ability. The Qashqai’s practical interior and spacious 430-litre boot also pleased the Tow Car judges.

The Tow Car Editor at Practical Caravan magazine, David Motton, commented: “The new Nissan Qashqai has already impressed What Car? enough to be named the 2014 Car of the Year.

“It didn’t take long behind the wheel to discover that the Qashqai has what it takes as a tow car, too. There was strong competition for the top prize this year, but the Qashqai’s towing ability, practicality and build quality make it the stand-out tow car champion of 2014.”

Motton added: “The first thing we look for in a tow car is stability at speed. This is one of the Qashqai’s greatest strengths – its unflustered approach to towing puts the driver at ease. Long journeys towing with the Nissan should prove hassle-free.”

New Nissan Qashqai Awards

Less than six months since it was first launched, the new Qashqai has already amassed an impressive collection of awards. Other recent honours include the Car of the Year accolade from What Car? magazine and DieselCar magazine’s New Car of the Year award.

The new Qashqai has also confirmed its strong appeal towards business car operators and drivers by winning the Best Crossover accolade at this year’s Fleet World Car Awards.

Prices for the new Nissan Qashqai range starts at £17,995 for the ‘Visia’ trim model with the 113bhp 1.2-litre DIG-S petrol engine.