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Nissan Qashqai Review
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Nissan Qashqai - Overview
The Nissan Qashqai is the car that popularised the mid-size SUV as an alternative to a regular family hatchback. The Qashqai has rugged looks but the practicality and efficiency of a hatchback. The current second-generation Qashqai has recently been facelifted to keep the car ahead of its competition and continue its leadership of the sector.
What is the Nissan Qashqai like to drive?
The Nissan Qashqai has always managed to strike the perfect balance between offering an involving drive and a comfortable ride that any good family car should provide. The steering is pleasingly direct making the car simple to judge road positioning. This is helped by the raised seating position.
The latest revisions, including additional sound deadening in the doors and wheel arches, plus thicker rear window glass have also done a great job of improving the car’s refinement.
Additionally, the 1.6-litre diesel has also been upgraded to be smoother and more refined.
The result is a car that delivers a great combination of agility and comfort in a desirable package.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 1.2 DIG-T 115hp, 129g/km CO2 (26% BIK), 50.4mpg
- 1.6 DIG-T 163hp, 134g/km CO2 (27% BIK), 48.7mpg
- 1.5 dCi 110hp, 99g/km CO2 (23% BIK), 74.3mpg
- 1.6 dCi 130hp, 116-129g/km CO2 (27-29% BIK), 57.6-64.2mpg
- 6-speed manual
- CVT automatic
Nissan Qashqai trim levels explained
There are five trim levels available for the latest Nissan Qashqai running from the start point of Visia to the top spec Tekna+.
- DAB radio
- USB port
- Cruise control with speed limiter
- Chassis control
- 5” infotainment screen
- Aux socket
- Trip computer
- Powered and heated door mirrors
- 16” steel wheels
Acenta (in addition to Visia)
- 17” alloys
- Auto lights & wipers
- Front fog lights
- Dual zone climate control
- Auto-folding mirrors
N-connecta (in addition to Acenta)
- 18” alloys
- Keyless start
- 7” touchscreen
- Sat nav
- Smart vision safety pack
- Rear privacy glass
- Roof rails
Tekna (in addition to N-connecta)
- Bose stereo
- Safety shield pack
- 19” alloys
- LED headlights
- Part leather trim
- Heated front seats
- Powered driver’s seat
- Heated windscreen
Tekna+ (in addition to Tekna)
- Upgraded leather seats
- Memory driver’s seat
- Powered passenger seat
- Panoramic glass roof
How to spec the Nissan Qashqai
While the Nissan Qashqai range is extensive, picking the best version for company car use is simple. All versions are well equipped, but N-connecta, which sits in the middle of the trim levels, is packed with essentials and a few additional items that will keep the driver happy and the residual values strong. Specification includes sat nav, roof rails and a safety pack, plus a large 7” control screen added to essentials such as Bluetooth, USB sockets and a digital radio that come as standard on all Qashqais.
The best engine to select is the 1.5-litre diesel. It feels more powerful than the claimed 110hp would otherwise suggest and it’s a refined and willing engine too. It’s also the most economical powerplant available in the Qashqai.
Nissan Qashqai Interior – what’s it like?
The Nissan Qashqai has always been one of the most family friendly cars in the class and in this latest iteration it maintains that reputation. Rear seat head and leg room is great for both children and adults and the rear doors open wide to make fitting child-seats easy. The 430 litre boot space is much bigger than most small family hatchbacks, which is why so many have moved from such cars into the mid-size SUV sector.
It’s no surprise the Qashqai is the best-selling car in its class. Great practicality, rugged yet stylish looks, a comfortable ride, and handling that’s sharp enough to entertain means there’s many reasons to add one to your shortlist.