Review

Nissan Qashqai SUV

Price  £18,545 - £28,910

Nissan Qashqai SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Great all-rounder
  • Low running costs
  • Comfortable and practical
Cons
  • Rear visibility could be better
  • Rear seats can feel cramped
  • Expensive top-spec model

At a glance

The greenest
Acenta 1.5 dCi 110PS 5dr £21,880
The cheapest
Visia 1.2 DIG-T 115PS 5dr £18,545
The fastest
Tekna 1.6 DIG-T 163PS 5dr £25,300
Top of the range
Tekna 1.6 dCi 130PS 4WD 5dr £28,910

"The original Nissan Qashqai was a groundbreaking car and the current model is even better – it shot straight to the top of its class."

The market for crossovers (vehicles that combine the virtues of family car with those of SUVs) might not be as large as it is were it not for the Nissan Qashqai. The original model was launched in 2007 and established a dominant position that the current model has built on. The new car is recognisably a Qashqai, but sharper lines and LEDs in the headlights have really smartened it up, without making it look too extreme.

Of course, the class the original Qashqai helped to create is now full of very talented rivals to suit all pockets. They range from the Dacia Duster at one end to the Audi Q3 at the other. In between are the Skoda Yeti, Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage and Ford Kuga – to name but a few. Nissan's sister company Renault has its own answer to the Qashqai, too – the Renault Kadjar.

Despite this breadth of competition, the Qashqai remains a very desirable car, not least because it's so good in so many important areas. There are four engines to choose from: a 1.2 and 1.6-litre petrol, plus a 1.5 and 1.6-litre diesel. The 1.2-litre petrol is actually quite lively around town, but if you do more mixed driving including more open roads and motorways, the larger 1.6-litre is a better choice.

Despite this breadth of competition, the Qashqai remains a very desirable car, not least because it's so good in so many important areas. There are four engines to choose from: a 1.2 and 1.6-litre petrol, plus a 1.5 and 1.6-litre diesel. The 1.2-litre petrol is actually quite lively around town, but if you do more mixed driving including more open roads and motorways, the larger 1.6-litre is a better choice.

If you do more than 15,000 miles a year, you’re better off with one of the diesels, since they’re powerful and economical. Our pick of the pair is the 1.5-litre, which can do more than 70mpg. Whatever engine you end up choosing, the Qashqai is entertaining to drive, with supple suspension, good steering and a body that doesn’t lean too much in corners.

The Qashqai is a spacious car with a roomy and well-designed boot. Standard equipment is very good, with even the basic Visia model having a five-inch colour screen, all-round electric windows, a height-adjustable driver's seat, cruise control and air-conditioning.

The Qashqai is a safe car, as demonstrated by the five-star crash safety score it was awarded by Euro NCAP, but it could be more reliable. It did reasonably well overall in our recent Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but patchy reliability was a frequent complaint from owners.

Watch our Best 4x4s and SUVs video, which compares the Nissan Qashqai to the Mazda CX-5 and Dacia Duster, to see how three impressive SUVs stack up:

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.8 / 5

Despite looking like an SUV, the Nissan Qashqai offers frugal diesel engines that make it particularly cheap to run

Engines, drive & performance

4.2 / 5

The Nissan Qashqai offers a pair of smooth diesel engines, comfortable suspension and predictable handling

Interior & comfort

4.5 / 5

The Nissan Qashqai boasts a refined, hi-tech and solidly built interior with a decent amount of equipment

Practicality & boot space

4.5 / 5

The Nissan Qashqai offers plenty of storage space and a clever boot for easy loading

Reliability & safety

3 / 5

The Nissan Qashqai is very safe, but owners are critical of reliability

What the others say

4.3 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
“The new Nissan Qashqai was marked down for reliability and build quality in our Driver Power 2014 customer satisfaction survey, but it ranked 21st out of 150 cars.”
4.5 / 5
“The Nissan Qashqai's practicality credentials have been boosted for the new-generation model, with greater interior space and luggage capacity.”
4 / 5
“While the ride can be a little jittery around town over patchy surfaces, it smoothes out nicely on motorways and A-roads.”
9 / 10
"The latest Qashqai builds on the strengths of that original model, offering more style, space and equipment, along with better fuel economy and sharper handling."
What owners say 
2.8421052631579
2.8 /5 based on 38 reviews
37%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
2 Jul 2015
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