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Nissan Qashqai SUV - Reliability & safety

The Nissan Qashqai benefits from a lot of standard safety features

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3.9 out of 5

Owners Rating

2.7 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

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Nissan Qashqai reliability

Nissan bosses may be scratching their heads if they scan through our 2022 Driver Power survey. After all the work that has been done to improve the Qashqai, it seems owners still prefer the old one. The Qashqai Mk2 came in 27th place out of 75 cars ranked, while the newer Mk3 could only finish 57th.

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Owners don’t like the smoothness of the gearbox (although this should improve now the e-Power hybrid is on sale), while front-seat comfort and handling are poorly rated as well. Visibility is said to be good, though, and few owners have reported issues with their cars. Practicality, safety features and value all got reasonable marks.

In the same survey, Nissan as a brand posted a slightly better score, coming 15th out of 29 manufacturers. One in five owners reported a fault in the first year.

Safety

The Qashqai was awarded a top five-star Euro NCAP safety rating in December 2021, which is good news for families planning on buying one. Nissan has fitted a comprehensive array of safety features as standard, the likes of which you’d often be expected to pay for by other manufacturers.

There are systems that monitor your blind spots, check that the driver is awake and alert, and monitor any traffic crossing your path behind you. The auto emergency braking function includes junction assist and pedestrian and cyclist detection, while the high beams are automatic and the lane-keeping system prevents you from leaving your lane accidentally.

That’s on top of all the features that are now obligatory, such as a system that contacts the emergency services in the event of a collision and a couple of ISOFIX child seat points.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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