It didn’t take long for the original Nissan Qashqai to quickly become one of the best suv cars out. Praised as an ideal car for families looking for something sleek with the space of a 4x4, Nissan hit the jackpot. So, how does the latest model compare? Check out our review below to find out.
Impressive safety kit
More modern interior
Smaller boot than competitors
Average infotainment system
As one of the first cars to really popularise the crossover, the Nissan Qashqai has held its reign impressively well. It simultaneously offers the feel of a 4x4 and a hatchback, with that extra space for growing families.
The third generation of the model, the latest Qashqai, has a lot to live up to. It’s not the smoothest drive, but the Qashqai was never really designed for petrolheads. Where the Qashqai shines is its practicality. With just a little bit of everything, it’s always been a top choice for families. The upgrade even has sleeker styling and more modern tech.
Nissan ditched the diesel in its move towards eco-friendly driving, and all of the 1.3 litre petrol models now have mild-hybrid assistance. You won’t see a huge difference compared to plug-in hybrids, but the change does boost overall fuel efficiency.
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The entry level Qashqai comes relatively well-equipped. It offers impressive standard safety tech like adaptive steering, a speed limiter, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and more. You can even upgrade this with the Smart Vision Pack if safety is your top priority.
The tech is average for the model, but pales in comparison to the higher specs as there’s just a DAB radio rather than infotainment screen.
Move up to the Acenta Premium, and you have a variety of additional features. You get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six speakers, 17-inch alloys, ambient lighting, and a pull-down rear armrest with cupholders.
The N-Connecta offers the first real improvement on tech, with a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Nissan Intelligent keyless entry, and the Smart Vision Pack included.
The Tekna includes almost all of the features you find across the Qashqai specs. You get 19-inch alloy wheels, a self-steering parking system and a part-leather interior.
The highest spec Qashqai, the Tekna+ comes with everything. The interior comes fully kitted out in black Nappa leather, or you can even upgrade to a cool plum colour. Silver mirror caps and memory adjustment keeps you safe in style.
You wouldn’t think sleek and muscular would go together, but somehow, the Qashqai does it. The mid-sized SUV/crossover has all the qualities of a sturdier 4x4, packaged into a practical everyday car.
Though comparable to its many competitors, a two tone roof/body option and front C slash headlights offer that something a little different. Moving up the specs you get bigger alloys, the option of a glass roof, roof rails, and adaptive LED lights.
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The driving experience for previous versions of the Qashqai didn’t quite measure up to the car’s impressive rating. So, how does the latest version drive?
It hasn’t quite redeemed itself, but the Qashqai has improved the overall driving enjoyment.
The old diesel models have been put aside, replaced entirely by petrol models available either in manual or automatic. The manual versions can feel a little stiff, and combined with a fairly sensitive clutch, you could find yourself stalling frequently if you can’t get used to it. The automatic version, a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), is much like a regular automatic and smoother to drive.
Drivers unaccustomed to cars with high driving position may initially feel out of place in the Qashqai. The driving position is fairly high, and could take some getting used to. However, with an increased view of the road, you should ultimately feel safer.
The driver’s seat and steering column are easily adjustable, so there’s no problems finding the perfect position to suit you.
Crossovers like the Qashqai are rarely made to have superior handling, and the Qashqai clearly doesn’t prioritise it. However, the latest version is much lighter, which should improve the feels of the car’s manoeuvres.
The Qashqai’s standard models all have rear suspension, and generally drive well. With the higher spec Tekna+ you get a multi-link suspension to help the vehicle to ride smoothly on bumpy terrain.
Nissan Qashqai Interior
The Qashqai has gone a long way to improve the interior, now noticeably more stylish.
The upgrade to the Qashqai’s interior has it more in keeping with the model’s notoriety, but only if you opt for a higher trim. The entry-level models, Visia and Acenta, come with a basic graphite cloth upholstery. More premium trims offer a partial leather interior, with the option to upgrade to full Nappa leather.
Despite the hefty technological upgrade, the Qashqai still falls short of really impressing. It does have most features you’d expect like USB input, Bluetooth, and a voice controlled sat-nav. The Tekna+ model even has an additional rear seat USB port so the kids don’t have to fight over who gets the charger. Everything is easily accessible, and almost every feature or control is operable with the quick click of a button.
If you’re looking for one of the best family cars, the Qashqai’s practicality makes it a great option. The slight increase in size from the previous model means a roomier interior that offers a lot of space for a compact crossover.
4,394 mm L x 1,806 mm W x 1,590-1,595 mm H
The Qashqai has a substantial boot size at 504-litres, making it ideal for family trips, sports gear or a trunk full of IKEA furniture. The space has increased from previous models, but if you’re deliberating between the Qashqai or Hyundai Tucson, or the Qashqai or Peugeot 3008, the Qashqai falls a little short.
Though it’s reasonably flat, the Qashqai has a higher boot that could make some items difficult to load. The space is also reduced slightly in the higher spec versions that offer a customisable floor to divide the boot into sections.
Most comparable models offer slightly bigger boots, but the 504 litre capacity is pretty generous. You could easily fit a pram, or even two suitcases. Unless you know you really need extra space, there should be plenty of room for everything you need.
Changes to the latest model have really improved the Qashqai’s interior space. Knee and shoulder room has substantially increased, and three passengers should fit comfortably with little issue. There is a raised hump on the floor of the middle seat however, which could make longer journeys less comfortable if you’ve got three adults in the back.
For drivers with young passengers, the Qashqai is extremely practical. Car seats can easily fit through the wide opening doors, and Isofix mounts are accessible behind removable clips on each side.
The general rear space is about average for a crossover, but headspace is just on the tight side. If you’re likely to have taller passengers in the backseat often, you probably don’t want to opt for the panoramic sunroof.
Though the most recent Qashqai model hasn’t been tested, the previous version scored an impressive 5 star rating. The latest version should follow suit, with an impressive list of car safety features.
Even the entry level model offers adaptive steering, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and a rear cross traffic warning. Higher specs come with the addition of self-steering parking systems, and surround view to help you manoeuvre carefully.
Although Nissan waved goodbye to all of the diesel models, the new petrol versions come with mild hybrid assistance. Though you can’t plug the car in to charge, the energy lost while braking is directed to a small battery. This helps to improve the car’s performance while accelerating, and should reduce overall fuel consumption.
All models come with a 1.3 litre petrol engine, the Visia and Acenta Premium offering 44.1mpg, while the N-Connecta, Tekna and Tekna+ return 43.5mpg. Each has mild hybrid functionality, and though limited, gives slightly improved fuel efficiency.
As the all-electric and plug-in hybrid models are yet to appear, drivers have just two options. The first slightly lower powered engine with 138bhp generates 143g/km of CO2, while the higher 156bhp increases to 156g/km of CO2.
Below you can see the varying insurance groups of the different trims available for the Qashqai.
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There generally aren’t many complaints about the Qashqai’s reliability. So why do reliability ratings suggest otherwise?
Nissan reliability certainly isn’t terrible, and the manufacturer takes a number of spots on the Reliability Index. There just isn’t much to rave about. The crossover finished 52nd in a 75 car list in the Driver Power Survey, with drivers rating the interior quality and infotainment poorly. It came 40th in the Reliability Index with a score of 37, where the lower the score is, the better.
With few complaints over the Qashqai’s reliability, we reckon it’s a good bet.
The Qashqai has a standard Nissan warranty of 3 years/60,000 miles.
However if your vehicle is approaching 3 years old, you can take out Nissan extended warranty. Available cover levels depend on the age and mileage of your car, but it generally covers your electric and mechanical components.
If you opt for a standard length Nissan Qashqai lease deal, you’ll be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty for the full contract period.
Ordering a service plan with your Qashqai will most likely work cheaper than paying out to a bunch of different garages or dealers. You get the option of:
2 year service plan at £440
3 year service plan at £640
4 year service plan at £840
You can even pay this monthly so you don’t have to cough it all up when you pay for your car.