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Nissan Qashqai review

2021 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 54.1
” Qashqai line-up strengthened by new E-Power hybrid “

At a glance

Price new £27,145 - £42,715
Used prices £13,472 - £31,625
Road tax cost £180 - £600
Insurance group 11 - 26
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Fuel economy 39.9 - 54.3 mpg
Miles per pound 5.9 - 8.0
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Available fuel types

Petrol

Hybrid

Pros & cons

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

Written by Keith Adams Published: 22 April 2024 Updated: 22 April 2024

Overview

The Nissan Qashqai has long been a family favourite. In 2007 the first-generation model helped kickstart the popular mid-size SUV class, while the 2013 version refined the breed and upped the ante in terms of driving experience. The third-generation model continues these winning ways, by packing the latest tech, and consistently being one of the UK’s bestselling cars. In fact, it was the UK’s most popular new car overall in 2022. 

We reckon the Qashqai is more than good enough to compete strongly with the excellent Kia SportageSEAT AtecaSkoda Karoq and the big-selling Volkswagen Tiguan as well as see off the brilliant Hyundai Tuscon and evergreen Ford Kuga. Many of these are available with a wider choice of powertrains, not least plug-in hybrids, which aren’t offered on the Qashqai. 

In terms of design, Nissan isn’t trying to rock the boat too much with the Qashqai. The optional 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. 

Topping the range is the innovative E-Power hybrid, 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’s more unusual for diesel to be available than not to be. 

Broadly we’re impressed by the amount of kit the Qashqai offers too. Base level cars get LED lights, adaptive cruise control and parking sensors, though miss out on a touchscreen, which feels remarkably penny-pinching these days. On the other end of the spectrum, the most expensive models come with luxuries such as 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.