My car keeps stalling - is there an obvious reason?

I've had a Nissan Qashqai 1.2 from new for two years. I quite like the car but even after two years I still stall it, usually at an inconvenient moment. Maybe I'm too long in the tooth for the automatic/electric handbrake system. I've had two X-Trails before the Qashqai with which I towed caravans and had no problems with stalling. I do wonder whether it being a small engine is a factor. Are there any similar cars which still have the old handbrake? Thanks.

Asked on 17 June 2020 by

Answered by Andrew Brady
First of all, have you had your car checked by a garage? Are there any warning lights? There could be issues if it's stalling regularly.

Does your car have the auto brake hold feature? This might make your life easier - with it switched on, you don't have to faff around with the electronic parking brake. Just come to a halt and let it hold the car still until you're ready to move off. Otherwise, it's just a case of practice and getting used to the clutch action. Maybe your Qashqai is quieter than your X-Trails - we rely on sound to work out how much throttle is required, and if a car is too refined it can be more difficult to judge.

Otherwise, manual handbrakes are approaching extinction, particularly in crossover SUVs. You'll find one on a smaller car like a Ford Fiesta, but that's quite different to your Qashqai.
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