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Nissan Qashqai Acenta

The Nissan Qashqai Acenta is a highly recommended alternative to mainstream small family hatchbacks. The Acenta trim is relatively expensive, though.

Going head-to-head with cars like the Volkswagen Golf and more traditional off roaders like the Kia Sportage and Hyundai ix35, the Nissan Qashqai’s beauty has been offering rugged looks and an elevated driving position but without the running costs associated with an SUV.

With the new Nissan Qashqai there’s the choice of three engines, a 113bhp 1.2-litre petrol (called DIG-T 115), a 1.5-litre diesel (dCi 110) and a 128bhp 1.6-litre diesel (dCi 130). All come with a six-speed manual, while an automatic XTronic gearbox is an option on the 1.6-litre dCi 130 engine and on the DIG-T 115.

The Nissan Qashqai has five trim options, the Visia, Acenta, n-tec, ntec+ and Tekna.

Like the model it replaces there’s a long list of standard kit. The Nissan Qashqai Acenta comes with 17-inch alloys, climate control, cruise control, LED running lights, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift lever and electric folding mirrors.

Good points

We think the Nissan Qashqai is the best small SUV or crossover money can buy. Put simply it’s an incredible all-rounder that offers buyers near unbeatable running costs from all of its engines, while pound-for-pound the Nissan has more standard equipment than its rivals.It also has a great interior and a spacious boot and cabin. If that’s not enough the Qashqai has a decent ride and is also good to drive.

Bad points

Rear visibility is poor with the Qashqai and care is needed when parking – making the rear reversing camera a worthwhile option to tick on the extras list.We also think the rear seat is on the cramped side for passengers and the range-topping models are really rather expensive. However the good news is when you come to sell your Nissan Qashqai it will hold onto its value more than most of its rivals thanks to its popularity and tremendous mix of talents.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Electric folding wing mirrors
  • Alarm
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Auto climate control
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Single CD player
  • AUX stereo input
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic wipers
  • Rear electric windows
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Metallic paint

Our choice

Our favourite crossover model in the business works well with the smallest 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine that is not only smooth, but helps the Nissan Qashqai return up to 74.3mpg.

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