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Ever-popular crossover is packed with equipment and inexpensive to run

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PROS

  • Interior is roomy and very comfortable
  • Sharp exterior styling and solid build
  • All models come well equipped
  • Engine range is very good

CONS

  • Boot not as big as in rivals
  • Interior looks and feels dated
  • Infotainment system trails rivals
  • You see them everywhere

PROS

  • Interior is roomy and very comfortable
  • Sharp exterior styling and solid build
  • All models come well equipped
  • Engine range is very good

CONS

  • Boot not as big as in rivals
  • Interior looks and feels dated
  • Infotainment system trails rivals
  • You see them everywhere

Verdict

The Nissan Qashqai is a high-riding crossover, offering an alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. It's arguably one of the first crossovers, and kicked off a burgeoning craze for SUV-style family cars. It shares a platform and engines with the Renault Kadjar, but also needs to tempt potential buyers of the Skoda Karoq, SEAT Ateca, Ford Kuga, Fiat 500X, Peugeot 3008 and Vauxhall Grandland X

However, because of the Qashqai's dimensions, it manages to sit between other SUVs in terms of size. For example, it's halfway between the Hyundai Kona and Tucson, and the same can be said of the Volkswagen T-Roc and Tiguan, as well as the Kia Stonic and Sportage. And while the Qashqai has been around for a while now, it's still incredibly popular with UK buyers wanting to switch from normal hatchbacks into something high-riding with a greater feeling of space and safety. In fact, more than two million Qashqais have rolled off the production line in Sunderland since 2007. 

Nissan Qashqai 2018 specs: interior is packed with kit and solidly built

Since this version of the Qashqai was launched in 2014, many rivals have come and gone that are more competitive than ever. Nissan has paid attention and, in 2017, gave the Qashqai an extensive facelift with a sharper look and - more importantly - an interior that felt higher quality, too. It's well-equipped in any trim level, but higher-spec N-Connecta, N-Motion, Tekna and Tekna+ models come with a vast kit list lavished on them and a more premium feel to the roomy cabin. All models have plenty of sound deadening meaning it's a quiet place to be as well, with a quiet and relaxed feel on the move. 

However, the overall interior quality is still a little underwhelming when you consider top-spec cars reach £30,000. The leather is soft and plush, but some of the switches inside you'll find on much cheaper Nissan models, and look and feel dated, especially compared with rivals with a more sophisticated feel inside. The cabin is well suited to the rigours of family life, though, with plenty of room front and rear. Higher-spec cars get a full-length panoramic glass roof, which provides a bright and airy interior; just watch out as it also nibbles into rear headroom.

Nissan Qashqai interior

Nissan Qashqai practicality

Interior storage space is taken care of by a large central storage box between the front seats, while there are numerous cubbies and compartments to store keys, wallets and mobile phones. To make room for this, the Qashqai uses an electronic parking brake switch rather than a conventional handbrake lever. One slight niggle is that over-the-shoulder visibility is still restricted by the large rear pillars, making checking the Qashqai’s blindspot tricky at times. Most models get a single or 360-degree surround-vision parking camera to make up for it, but they're not the highest-resolution cameras out there. Luggage volume stands at 430 litres (somewhat smaller than many rivals) and the boot floor has a clever trick up its sleeve: it’s 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.

Nissan Qashqai engines: 1.3-litre DIG-T petrol and two dCi diesel engines

The range of engines available in the Qashqai has varied over its life-cycle. From late 2018, the range consists of a 1.3-litre DIG-T turbo petrol with a choice of two power outputs – 140hp and 160hp. It’s an engine that you’ll also find under the bonnet of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class in the form of the A 200, as well as its Renault Kadjar sister car. This 1.3-litre turbo replaced the 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre DIG-T units which produced 115hp and 163hp respectively. Overall, the new 1.3-litre engine is far smoother and punchier than what it replaces, yet we've yet to see any evidence that it can come close to its claimed average fuel economy in the real world. 

If you prefer diesel power, there’s a familiar 1.5-litre dCi with 115hp and is the most economical option for the Qashqai. It’s not quick, but with a smooth power delivery and impressive claimed fuel economy, it’s a good choice if you cover long distances. There’s also a 1.6-litre dCi with 130hp, which is replaced in 2019 with a new 1.7-litre dCi diesel with 150hp. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available. If you buy one of the older 1.2 or 1.6-litre DIG-T engines, your automatic option uses a CVT, while newer 1.3-litre DIG-T cars make use of a newer DCT (dual-clutch transmission) ‘box shared with Renault. It’s more responsive and smoother than the old CVT, and is a good fit with the Qashqai’s range of updated powertrains. 

The new Qashqai performs well on the road. It’s very easy to drive with safe, assured handling and admirable ride comfort, which remains pliant even when specified with large alloy wheels (rims of between 16 and 19 inches are available). The comfortable-yet-supportive seats on all models help boost the car's comfort levels. Numerous Qashqai accessories are available to tailor your car (see the Feature section of our review here).

Nissan Qashqai safety: ProPilot driver assistance technology

Added to the Qashqai range in 2018 was a suite of driver assistance and safety systems dubbed ProPilot. Launching as a standalone model called Pilot One Edition, ProPilot comes with adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist (on automatic cars) as well as blindspot monitoring and intelligent lane keep assist systems to keep you in the middle of your lane without straying across the lines. This equipment is also available as an option pack called Drive Assist Pack on models with manual gearboxes. It comes with all the equipment listed above, but without traffic jam assist, as this only works on cars with automatic transmissions.

The latest Nissan Qashqai remains one of the default choices in the burgeoning family crossover sector for good reason. It may not be outstanding in any one area, but cleverly achieves high scores in virtually every discipline, making it a tricky benchmark to overlook – especially at such democratic prices

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Nissan Qashqai?

The Nissan Qashqai remains one of the default choices in the family crossover sector for good reason. It may not be outstanding in any one area, but cleverly achieves high scores in virtually every discipline, making it a tricky benchmark to overlook – especially at such democratic prices.

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