- Roomy interior
- Sharper looks
- Bigger boot
- More tech and safety kit than before
- Low emissions across the range
- Bulkier than before
- It’s no off-roader
The original Nissan Qashqai has been a sales success in the way the iPhone has for Apple. It was one of the first cars to popularise the so-called ‘crossover’ genre, blending elements of family hatchbacks, people carriers and off-roaders and becoming a commercial success in the process. Over two million have rolled off the production line since its launch in 2007.
So the follow-up has big shoes to fill, then. This is the all-new Nissan Qashqai, wider and longer but also lighter and more efficient than before.
It’s a thoroughly competent addition to the crossover class that offers an improvement over its predecessor in every area. Greater practicality, more efficient engines and a nicer interior all combine to make it a family car that’s well worth your attention.
The outgoing Qashqai was beginning to look and feel its age and the new car has a far more contemporary appearance, both inside and out.
It’s on the inside that the biggest leap has been made, with more up-to-date design cues and higher quality materials. Fit and finish still isn’t perfect but it is an improvement over its predecessor.
Top trims enjoy a new ‘NissanConnect’ multimedia system displayed on a seven-inch touchscreen, with digital radio and smartphone connectivity. Happily, for the cabin’s main controls Nissan has stuck to conventional buttons and dials which are logically laid out and easy to use.
Interior storage space is improved with a large central storage box between the front seats. To make room for this the Qashqai now uses an electronic parking brake switch rather than the conventional handbrake of old.
There’s more space for passengers too, with greater headroom than before. One slight niggle is that over-the-shoulder visibility is still restricted by the large rear pillars, making checking the Qashqai’s blind spot tricky at times.
Luggage volume has increased by 20 litres and the boot floor is made up of two panels, which can be repositioned to create either a deeper boot or a totally flat load area when the rear seats are folded down. There’s also space under the boot floor to stow the parcel shelf when not in use.
This time there’s no Qashqai +2 version – that will be replaced by a separate seven-seater model in the near future.
Two petrol and two diesel engines
There are four engines available from launch: a pair of petrols and a pair of diesels, all turbocharged.
The two diesels, 1.5- and 1.6-litres respectively, are likely to make up the majority of sales in the UK. The 1.6-litre diesel is available with the choice of two- or four-wheel drive, and also has the option of a CVT automatic gearbox (the four-wheel drive version is manual only, though).
On the road the Qashqai performs very well. Although it does feel bulky, it’s very easy to drive with safe, assured handling. Particularly impressive is the lack of engine noise at motorway speeds.
The first-gen Qashqai was a big seller among company car drivers and we can expect more of the same from its successor with 60 percent of sales expected to be in the fleet market. Most relevant to fleet buyers is the 1.5-litre diesel, which has CO2 emissions rated at just 99g/km making for attractively low tax costs.
Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are attractive across the range as a whole in fact, with even the largest petrol engine averaging a claimed 50mpg with CO2 emissions of 132g/km.
The all-new Qashqai is a strong performer that builds on the success of the original – it’s well worth considering even against the likes of the Mazda CX-5 and Skoda Yeti. For everything you need to know, click through the categories above and below for our detailed Nissan Qashqai review.
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