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Old 09 February 2015, 18:11   #1
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I am looking for a new car and one that is capable of towing my Tornado 5mtr RIB and the vehicle I am considering is one of the latest generation QQs. The model I am thinking of is a 1,6 dci Diesel 4X4 model with the 130hp motor. Now I know all you 4X4 guys will come back and say its a hairdressers car etc and not a proper 4X4 and after doing a lot of towing with a Nissan Patrol I would completely agree. However, will it do the job and has anybody got one and used it on the occasional beach like Abersoch, Morfa Nefyn or a weedy slip somewhere and can comment first hand what they are like?

I recall somewhere reading that the 4X4 system on the QQ is the same as the X-Trail, which I have seen recover various small power craft off beaches all over the coast.

My RIB comes under the 750 Kg weight limit so it isn't big or heavy.

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Old 10 February 2015, 04:08   #2
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Had 2ltr Qashqai to tow a 7.5m Vipermax with a 250 Evinrude on the back.
Great car ,no problems
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Old 10 February 2015, 05:58   #3
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I have qashqai 1.5 diesel and occasionally use it to tow my 5.8 tornado. Very sluggish but don't know if 1.6 would be any better
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Old 10 February 2015, 07:01   #4
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I would guess a 1.6L will struggle a little up some of the steeper slips/beaches. I had a 2.0L Honda CR-V which is similar in terms of being a "soft-roader" and its occasional 4WD system. It was fine on concrete slips, but struggled to grip at low tide with slippy concrete.

It also nodded lots over bumps in the road with the boat on the back (although it is around a 1300kg trailer which was getting towards the 1800kg max capacity tow weight).
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Old 10 February 2015, 08:21   #5
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750kg boat it will be fine, get it bought.

If you are not happy, get the thing remapped, i got my xtrail done not long ago purely for towing...WHAT a difference.

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I would guess a 1.6L will struggle a little up some of the steeper slips/beaches.
I think it'll be the torque you miss rather than overall power. Father in law recently replaced his 2lt QQ for a 1.6 diesel model. Apparently the peak power is about the same but you have to rev it harder due to the smaller displacement. You'll have to work it harder but think of all the money you'll save when you're NOT towing.

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It also nodded lots over bumps in the road with the boat on the back (although it is around a 1300kg trailer which was getting towards the 1800kg max capacity tow weight).
I'm going to be towing a 1600 trailer behind a Seat Exeo ST shortly. The Exeo (which is basically a rebadged old model A4) is rated for 1600 - 1800 depending on the gradient according to the handbook. I guess I'll need to pay special attention to the hitch weight.
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Old 10 February 2015, 09:46   #7
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Chap opposite me HAD one for his tintent said it was a great car but wouldn't pull the skin of a rice pudding any hills he was into 3 & 2 gear so he swapped it for a Hyundai which is similar to a Kia sorento I think
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Have friends with two different models, they love the cars except the load space they both say is crap, They cant even carry their dogs easily
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Chap opposite me HAD one for his tintent said it was a great car but wouldn't pull the skin of a rice pudding any hills he was into 3 & 2 gear so he swapped it for a Hyundai which is similar to a Kia sorento I think

Almost forgot he had it breathed on as well big waste of time according to him
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chip and remap are obviously very different things. chip is indeed a waste of time....remap costs 3-4x more for a reason.

i got my xtrail remapped 2 weeks ago, i was a non believer but 30 day money back guarantee i thought why not.....amazing difference. a friend with the same xtrail as me was so impressed he booked his in too!

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