Nissan Qashqai SUV
Price £18,265 - £28,500
- Great all-rounder
- Excellent build quality
- Low running costs
- Rear visibility could be better
- Rear seats can feel cramped
- Expensive top-spec model
At a glance
"The original Nissan Qashqai was a groundbreaking car and the new model is even better – the new Qashqai shoots straight to the top of its class."
The Nissan Qashqai is the hatchback that thinks it's an SUV. That could have been a recipe for disaster, but Nissan's engineers have pulled out all the stops to ensure this car represents the very best of breed.
That means that it combines the higher driving position and improved versatility of a 4x4 or SUV with the compact dimensions, lower running costs and cheaper price of your average family hatchback. It's a handsome car, too, with a modern look enhanced by chrome trim as well as LED strips in the headlights.
Nissan stole a march on its rivals with the original Qashqai – the class now includes the Peugeot 3008, Kia Sportage and Skoda Yeti – so it's learned many valuable lessons on the way. This goes a long way to explaining why the current Qashqai is so good.
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes the Qashqai so good, because it excels in almost every area. There's a choice of 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre diesel engines as well as 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrols. Despite its tiny capacity, the 1.2 does a good job around town, but the diesels are much better on the open road. We’d recommend the 1.5-litre diesel to most buyers thanks to its ability to return more than 70mpg, plus its 99g/lm CO2 emissions mean you won’t be paying any road tax.
If you want extra performance, four-wheel drive or an automatic gearbox, the 1.6-litre diesel is an excellent choice, too. However, the running costs do increase slightly compared to the smaller engine.
All models in the range are well equipped. Even the most basic version, the Nissan Qashqai Visia, features a Bluetooth phone connection, cruise control and air-conditioning. We’d recommend the Acenta Premium model, though, as it adds separate climate controls for the left and right side of the car, touchscreen sat nav, a panoramic glass roof and a system that can prevent low-speed crashes.
Despite looking like an SUV, the Nissan Qashqai offers frugal diesel engines that make it particularly cheap to run.
The Nissan Qashqai offers a pair of smooth diesel engines, comfortable suspension and predictable handling.
The Nissan Qashqai boasts a refined, hi-tech and solidly built interior with a decent amount of equipment
The Nissan Qashqai offers plenty of storage spaces and clever boot for easy loading.
The Nissan Qashqai boasts a wide range of technology to protect occupants as standard and achieved top marks for safety