- Exceptional interior
- Efficient engines
- Refined ride quality
- Expensive when new
- Not as fun as a Yeti
- Not much else
Best-selling compact SUV is a class leader
The Nissan Qashqai, since its first introduction in 2006, has changed Nissan’s brand image. Nissan is a manufacturer that was previously associated with sensible elderly motoring, but the Qashqai, along with its newer sibling, the Juke, changed things massively. The Qashqai is good-looking, practical crossover SUV, and is the epitome of stylish family motoring. It’s been a huge success for Nissan, and the Qashqai is today the 5th best-selling car in the UK.
The second-generation Qashqai, released in 2013, featured a complete redesign, with improvements in nearly every area.
Sophisticated design, exceptional quality
The inside of the Nissan Qashqai is one of its strongest points. There are few family cars on the market with such a well thought out, well constructed cabin. Quality is to be seen throughout, and there’s also plenty of practical space, perfect for day-to-day family needs.
The dashboard design of the Qashqai really is a model of what a contemporary, family environment should look like. The new Qashqai has ditched the hard plastics often found throughout the Nissan range, in favour of luscious soft-touch plastics, which give the dashboard a prestige feel. There’s also chrome additions to entry-level models, with black gloss featuring on more expensive trims. All in all it’s a pretty impressive package.
Space wise the Qashqai also impresses. With 439 litres of boot capacity, there’s enough room for a big family shop, a couple of buggies, or even a trip to the golf club. Compare it to close rivals and the Qashqai is even more impressive. The Skoda Yeti only manages 416 litres, and it easily beats even the biggest of family hatchbacks.
Spec levels in the Qashqai are pretty impressive, though entry-level models aren’t the best equipped. The cheapest Visia trim comes with cruise control, air-con, and Bluetooth connectivity, but most family buyers are going to want more than that. The N-Connecta trim is the best balanced both for now, and for resale values, and adds dual-zone climate control, alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, sat-nav, parking cameras, and parking sensors. The full family package.
Overall, the inside of the Qashqai is a perfect blend of quality, design, practicality, and spec. It’s advisable to avoid the entry-level trim unless you’re not going to use the extras that higher specs bring. Regardless, the Qashqai has a top-end interior that’s going to please family buyers.
Comfortable and refined
Most family buyers are going to value comfort and refinement above all else. The Qashqai ticks both boxes. The car was designed and tested in the UK, so the suspension and chassis is adjusted to cope with even the poorest of surfaces.
For a SUV, the Qashqai feels positively car-like to drive. Steering is well weighted, and you can even throw it into a hairpin bend without it feeling unsafe. There’s also plenty of grip, which is ideal for British winters, and poor surfaces. It’s not as much fun to drive as a Skoda Yeti, but it’s definitely an assured car on the road.
Road refinement is an area in which the Qashqai really excels. The latest Qashqai improves on road and wind noise, which makes the Qashqai a much more pleasant car to drive on long motorway journeys. The British-designed suspension system also comes into play on rough b-roads, ironing out all but the worst of potholes. It’s also good to drive around town, with speed humps being taken care of without too much of a fuss.
Gearbox options in the Qashqai come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six-speed manual transmission, that’s well weighted, and features a relatively short shift, which makes changing gear a doddle. The CVT automatic box is an option for some models, though it can be a little noisy at times, and gear changes feel almost artificial.
Good range of efficient, clean engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Qashqai, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s a good range of power outputs, with most focused on reliable family motoring.
If it’s power that you want from your Qashqai, there’s unfortunately not hot version, though this is a family car. The quickest engine in the lineup is the petrol-powered 1.6 DiG-T which produces 163bhp, and a 0-62mph time of 9.1 seconds. It’s not going to break any land speed records, but it’s still pretty quick for such a spacious car.
The eco-friendly buyer will more than likely want to go for the diesel-powered 1.5 DCI engine. Producing just 99g/km of C02 is mightily impressive for a car of this size, so you can help save the planet, whilst also saving yourself some money on road tax. This engine is also the best option for money savers. With up to 74.3mpg available, you can save yourself plenty of money at the petrol pumps as well, meaning more money for life’s other luxuries.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Qashqai, you’re going to have enough power to get you through day-to-day life, as well as having enough fuel efficiency to save you money at the petrol pumps. C02 levels are also kept low throughout the range, which makes for low road tax, and a greener planet.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, impressive standard equipment
Like nearly every car in its class, the Qashqai easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 88% in adult protection, 83% in child protection, and 69% in pedestrian safety, the Qashqai scores highly. There’s also six airbags as standard, as well as stability control, and emergency brake assist. More expensive trims add automatic emergency braking, and a lane assist warning system, that is sure to be useful for those who regularly use motorways.
Excellent value for money, so long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Nissan Qashqai offers buyers exceptional value for money. This obviously varies from model to model, but generally speaking, the range boasts impressive fuel consumption levels, and low levels of C02 emissions. The 1.5 litre diesel is the pick of the bunch if you really want to save yourself some money, but no model in the range is particularly expensive.
Insurance wise this again depends upon which trim and engine size you go for. Generally speaking though the Qashqai is a reasonably priced car to insure. The cheapest option in the range is the recommended 1.5 dCi N-Connecta, which is in group 13, whilst the most expensive option is the range-topping 1.6 dCi Tekna 4WD, which tops out in group 19.
Depreciation is one area that particularly affects the Qashqai, but only for the first year. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Nissan Qashqai is the UK’s best-selling SUV for good reason. It offers family buyers the perfect balance of interior quality, ride refinement, impressively efficient engines, and safety. This complete package is hard to compete with, so it’s understandable why UK buyers continue to look no further than the Qashqai when they’re looking out for their next family car.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.