Will a 2015 Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi be suitable for muddy terrain and long commutes?

I want to trade in my 2011 diesel Nissan X-Trail 2.2 for a slightly smaller 4WD. I commute 50 miles a day, but need a 4WD for rough farm tracks. I have a budget of about £20,000 - £25,000 after trading in my old X-Trail, which is in poor condition and has done 140,000 miles. I've seen an ex demonstrator 2015 Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi 130PS N-TEC with 5000 miles on the clock. It comes on 18-inch tyres and I don't need all the extras, but would this be a good buy at £19,995, minus the £5000 for my X-Trail? This vehicle has probably only done short journeys, could there be DPF problems in later life? What do you suggest?

Asked on 4 May 2017 by

Answered by Honest John
I'm driving a Kadjar 1.6 dCi 4x4 which is the same thing but a bit bigger. Very good. Slow acceleration from a standstill, though, and only about 48mpg. They do actively regenerate their DPFs very heavily if used for repeated short runs from cold. Fans come on. These cars are also far better on 17-inch wheels with 215/60 R17 tyres than on 18-inch or 19-inch wheels and tyres.
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