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's one of the best in its class."

The Nissan Qashqai was originally launched in 2007 and was almost single-handedly responsible for the advent of the incredibly successful crossover market in Europe. The Qashqai was one of the first cars that delivered both the low running costs of a standard family hatchback with the styling and elevated driving position of an SUV.

The current, second-generation Qashqai was introduced at the beginning of 2014 and has much more competition than the first version did back in 2007. It was largely down to the success of the first Qashqai that cars like the Volkswagen Tiguan, Audi Q3, Ford Kuga, Mazda CX-5 and Kia Sportage were launched. The Renault Kadjar arrived even more recently, and is a particularly worthy rival to the Qashqai, perhaps because it shares a number of mechanical parts. There is also the Dacia Duster, which is the budget alternative to all these more expensive mainstream options.

The latest Qashqai is a much more stylish car to behold than the previous model and the range of engines on offer is strong. There are 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines, as well as a 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre diesel. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is particularly adept around town, while the 1.6-litre diesel engine makes the Qashqai a very competent car for motorway cruising, so there are choices for a broad spectrum of buyers.

Our pick is the 1.5-litre diesel, which is capable of an impressive 70mpg. Rest assured, though, that whichever engine you plump for, the Qashqai retains its composed handling, responsive steering and compliant ride regardless.

The Qashqai feels spacious inside and has a big boot. Even the entry-level Visia model comes with a decent level of kit, including a five-inch colour screen for the infotainment system, electric windows all-round, air-conditioning, cruise control and a height adjustable driver's seat.

Euro NCAP awarded the Qashqai the maximum five-star rating when it subjected the car to its crash test programme. Things are not quite as rosy when it comes to customer satisfaction though, with the Qashqai only managing a mid-table result and Nissan doing poorly as a brand in our annual Driver Power suvey.

In our best 4x4s and SUVs video below, we compare the Nissan Qashqai to two of its biggest rivals: the Mazda CX-5 and the good-value Dacia Duster:

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 
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2.8 /5 based on 52 reviews
38%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
2 Feb 2016
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