4.1 out of 5 4.1
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Qashqai line-up strengthened by new E-Power hybrid

Nissan Qashqai SUV Review Video
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At a glance

New price £25,515 - £40,015
Lease from new From £258 p/m View lease deals
Used price £19,590 - £34,320
Used monthly cost From £489 per month
Fuel Economy 39.9 - 44.9 mpg
Road tax cost £165
Insurance group 11 - 19 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Striking styling, quality interior
  • Lots of tech that works well
  • Seriously refined E-Power hybrid

CONS

  • Weak 1.3-litre mild-hybrid 
  • No high-performance version
  • No more diesel models

Nissan Qashqai SUV rivals

Volkswagen
Tiguan
4.4 out of 5 4.4

Written by Keith Adams on

The Nissan Qashqai has long been a family favourite. In 2007 the first-generation model helped kickstart the popularity of family-sized SUVs, while the 2013 version refined the breed and upped the ante in terms of driving experience. However, the opposition has well and truly caught up, and although the Qashqai Mk3 is bang up-to date and sporting an exciting and new design language, it has some truly capable rivals vying for your attention.

But we reckon the Qashqai is more than good enough to compete strongly with the excellent Kia Sportage, SEAT Ateca, Skoda Karoq and the big-selling Volkswagen Tiguan as well as see off the brilliant Hyundai Tuscon and evergreen Ford Kuga. However, all of these rivals have a larger range of drivetrains to choose from, with plug-ins and electric versions on the table, depending where you look – this is not the case at Nissan.

In terms of design, Nissan isn’t trying to rock the boat too much with the Qashqai. The two-tone paint works well by tricking the eye into thinking it’s a bit smaller than it really is, while the razor-edge style allows it to stand out from the crowd. Inside it’s a restrained affair without much in the way of colour, but the quality of the trims and materials will please buyers who are increasingly turning to more premium models for their monthly outlay.

Nissan has recently added the innovative E-Power hybrid to the Qashqai lineup, which offers a solid 190hp, and an easy driving experience, and despite not needing to be plugged in, the ability to drive around town on battery only. This means buyers now have the choice of 1.3-litre petrol mild hybrids in two different outputs, or the 1.5-litre petrol full-fat hybrid. The lack of a diesel model might have been seen as a set-back a few years ago, but in today’s market, it doesn’t seem to be holding back sales at all.

Broadly we’re impressed by the amount of kit the Qashqai offers too. Even base level cars get LED lights, intelligent cruise control and parking sensors. On the other end of the spectrum, the most expensive models come with 20-inch alloys, massaging seats and a Bose sound system.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Nissan Qashqai including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it’s like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Nissan Qashqai SUV rivals

Volkswagen
Tiguan
4.4 out of 5 4.4

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