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PROS

  • Distinctive styling
  • Spacious cabin
  • Comfortable
  • Good to drive
  • Hugely popular

CONS

  • Poor rear visibility
  • Rear seats don't fold completely flat
  • Dated dashboard design
  • Cheap-feeling interior plastics

PROS

  • Distinctive styling
  • Spacious cabin
  • Comfortable
  • Good to drive
  • Hugely popular

CONS

  • Poor rear visibility
  • Rear seats don't fold completely flat
  • Dated dashboard design
  • Cheap-feeling interior plastics

Nissan Qashqai rivals

Peugeot
3008
4 out of 5 4.0
Hyundai
ix35
4 out of 5 4.0

The Nissan Qashqai is described by the Japanese firm as a crossover - in other words it's a cross between a normal hatchback and an off-roader. This may sound like an odd notion but the result is a real success and the chunky styling looks great.

It's actually an indirect replacement for the Almera and an alternative to cars like the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Honda Civic. If you're after something different from the norm the Qashqai (pronounced Cash-kye) fits the bill perfectly.

It is feeling its age a little now but continues to be an enormous seller, partially due to a strong presence in the fleet market. Newer rivals such as the Skoda Yeti are arguably a better buy these days, but the Qashqai is still extremely popular, and for good reason.

Designed and built in Britain

The interior may be beginning to look dated, but all versions of the Nissan Qashqai are well equipped, comfortable and good to drive. Four-wheel drive derivatives are available but the majority of models in the UK are standard front-wheel drive.

The Qashqai is also a very British car - it was designed and developed in the UK and is built at Nissan's plant in Sunderland. More than 2.0 million examples have been produced since the car was launched in 2007.

Strong range of engines

A selection of five engines is available. There’s petrol power in the shape of a 1.6-litre engine making 115bhp and 157Nm of torque, pulling the Qashqai to 62mph in 11.9 seconds with a top speed of 113mph.

There’s also a 2.0-litre petrol engine which makes 138bhp and 138Nm, hitting 62mph in 10.1 seconds with a top speed of 121mph.

The diesel engines consist of a 1.5-litre dCi unit making 109bhp and 240Nm, hitting 62mph in 12.4 seconds and 110mph flat-out; a 1.6-litre version making 128bhp and 320Nm, meaning 62mph is possible in 10.3 seconds and top speed is 118mph; and finally a 2.0-litre diesel making 148bhp and 320Nm meaning a sprint to 62mph in 11 seconds and a top speed of 117mph. The latter two diesel engines are available with both two- and four-wheel-drive.

A refresh for 2010

In 2010 the Nissan Qashqai received a refresh with a new front end, suspension tweaks, extra sound insulation and weight reduction. A 'Pure Drive' model that delivers less emissions and improved fuel economy was also introduced.

So this is a car that promises much from its blend of style, economy and practicality – but does it have what it takes to carve out a niche in a market dominated by some of the best-selling models around? Read on for the full and comprehensive Nissan Qashqai review to find out.

Nissan Qashqai rivals

Peugeot
3008
4 out of 5 4.0
Hyundai
ix35
4 out of 5 4.0