The Nissan Qashqai was the first family car to combine the appeal of a family hatchback with the practicality and toughness of a conventional 4x4. Now in its second generation, it's better in virtually every way. There's a good range of engines, all of which boast low running costs and a choice of two or four-wheel drive. But unlike the original, there's no seven-seat option in the current Qashqai range – for that, you’ll need to step up to the Nissan X-Trail SUV.
- Great all-rounder
- Low running costs
- Comfortable and practical
- Rear visibility could be better
- Rear seats can feel cramped
- Expensive top-spec model
The latest version of the Nissan Qashqai is better than its predecessor in every way, offering more space, more comfort and an extensive range of safety technology. The improved suspension makes for a more comfortable ride and the car remains easy to drive around town. The diesel engines make the Qashqai even cheaper to run, and the car is quieter at high speed, making it a decent motorway cruiser.
Despite these improvements, the cost of the Qashqai hasn't risen, so it's even better value than before. You get lots of standard equipment and Nissan has a decent record for reliability, too. Perhaps the only drawback is the removal of the seven-seat Qashqai+2 model. If you want a Nissan with seven seats, you'll need to pay a little more and buy a Nissan X-Trail.