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Which used crossover is best?

I am looking to buy a second hand crossover. The two that come to mind is the Skoda Yeti and the Nissan Qashqai. I don't do many miles, so want a petrol. Which model should I buy?

Asked on 22 February 2015 by car_nut80

Answered by Honest John
The Yeti 1.8TSI 4x4 is by far the best to drive. Better than a Mk VI Golf GTI. The front wheel drive small petrol engines can have timing chain trouble and if automatic problems with their gearboxes. The 2.0TDIs are not as pleasant to drive as the 1.8TSI, but the six-speed wet clutch DSG is reliable.

The Qashqai 1.6 petrol engine is fairly useless: lacks power and the low gearing has it screaming at 70mph on the motorway. The 1.5DCI is a Renault engine, not too bad but better pre-2010 without the DPF. The bigger 2.0 petrol and diesel engines are better. But no Qashqai is fun to drive. Best to stick to 16 or 17-inch wheels, too.
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