Nissan Qashqai (2014­-present)

A family favourite, the Nissan Qashqai has been upgraded with new styling and technology

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Comfortable and well equipped
Versatile and practical
Cheap to run

Weaknesses 

Restricted rear visibility
Limited boot space
Owners report poor reliability and build quality
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Nissan Qashqai Diesel Hatchback 1.5 dci [115] tekna+ 5dr

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So popular that it outsells the Vauxhall Astra, Audi A3 and Honda Civic, the Nissan Qashqai has been a hit since the first version arrived in 2007.

That's because it was the first successful crossover car, which took the bits that owners loved about hatchbacks such as the Astra - like comfort, good fuel economy and nimble cornering - and combined them with the higher driving position of an off-roader. Since then, there's barely a car company that hasn't followed suit: even Ferrari is rumoured to be planning a crossover.

But the Qashai remains the most popular car of its type in Britain, and has just been updated with design tweaks outside, including a new front bumper and headlights. Inside, the quality of materials has been improved - particularly when it comes to the steering wheel, which feels much more substantial than the plasticky one on cars built before summer 2017.

The interior is practical, with plenty of cubbyholes for storage and space for two adults to sit comfortably in the back (it's cramped with three). A pair of thinner front seats introduced in 2017 has also increased rear legroom, while headroom is sufficient for most adults.

That practicality stretches to the design: don't expect the drama of the Peugeot 3008's digital cockpit, or the retro-style of the Mini Countryman. Instead, the dashboard has a straightforward layout that's clear and easy to use. Useful equipment includes an optional heated windscreen and 360-degree camera, which gives drivers a view round the entire car when manoeuvring in tight spots. It comes as standard on well-equipped N-Connecta cars.

The official price starts at just under £19,300 but there are some good Nissan Qashqai offers to be found. It’s just as well because the Qashqai’s rivals have caught up with it, particularly when it comes to space.

A single bulky baby buggy fills much of the Nissan's 430-litre boot (which expands to 1,598 litres when the split-rear seats are folded down). The Renault Kadjar is has a bigger, 472 litre loadspace. The Mazda CX-5 and Peugeot 3008 have larger boots (506 and 520 litres), while the new Volkswagen Tiguan goes one better with 615 litres and a superbly comfortable ride.

The Qashqai revolves around comfort too. It's not quite as smooth as the Tiguan, but does a good job of remaining settled on bumpy roads. The light steering requires little effort and encourages the driver to make calm progress because it’s no fun to drive quickly in corners, where it leans too much for comfort. It drives much like a Renault Kadjar, which shares its mechanical parts with the Qashqai. For sharper, more stable cornering and a more involved feel, the Mazda CX-5, Seat Ateca and Peugeot 3008 are better choices.

Four-wheel-drive versions of the Qashqai are less likely to get stuck in slippery conditions and these models (as well as those with the most powerful petrol engine) have better suspension for a slightly more comfortable ride.

A range of four engines (two petrol, two diesel) offer options to all buyers. Both manual and automatic cars are smooth, and you'll get real-world fuel economy of around 50mpg from the most efficient diesel (ignore the unrealistic official figure of over 70mpg).

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Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
430 litres
Width: 
1806mm
Length: 
4394mm
Height: 
1590mm
Tax (min to max): 
£140 to £200 in first year, £140 thereafter / Pre-April 2017 cars: £0 to £130

Best Nissan Qashqai for... 

Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Visia
The most frugal engine and the cheapest trim level is a decent combination: it returns around 50mpg in real-world driving and it comes with air conditioning, digital radio and Bluetooth, plus electric windows and mirrors. Even the steel wheels look ok.
Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DiG-T N-Connecta
You'll save around £2,000 by opting for petrol rather than diesel (based on the manufacturer's price); fuel economy is a reasonable 40mpg, compared with the diesel's 50mpg; and you won't have to worry about any future diesel charges. N-Connecta cars come packed with extra safety equipment, a sat-nav and 360-degree camera.
Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi Acenta
The most powerful diesel Qashqai isn't the fastest (that's the 1,6-litre petrol), but it offers the most useful performance in a car of this type: a big shove of power that's useful for towing or carrying heavy loads. Acenta trim comes with Intelligent Ride Control, making it smoother over bumps.
One to avoid – Nissan Qashqai 1.6 DIG­-T Tekna
The fastest Qashqai is faster than the average family car, but performance isn't spectacular; you might as well save £1,500 and get slightly better fuel economy with the smaller petrol engine. Tekna+ trim is lavish, but makes the Qashqai the same price as a Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Nissan Qashqai History 

  • January 2014 Sales of the current Nissan Qashqai begin in Britain
  • December 2014 43,000 Qashqais recalled over potential towbar fault
  • March 2015 xTronic automatic gearbox introduced
  • April 2015 Addition of 1.6 DIG­-T petrol engine to the range
  • January 2015 Acenta Premium, n-tec and n-tec+ trims are replaced with N-Connecta offering sat-nav and extra safety equipment.
  • July 2017 Updated Qashqai goes on sale with design tweaks and new Tekna+ trim

Understanding Nissan Qashqai car names 

  • Qashqai
  • Engine
    1.6 dCi
  • Trim
    N-Connecta
  • Gearbox
    xTronic
  • Engine
    The engine's size is given in litres - in this case, 1.6-litres. Diesel engines carry the letters dCi, while petrol versions are known as DIG-T
  • Trim
    This dictates which equipment comes as standard. From bottom to top, the Qashqai’s trim levels are Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta, Tekna and Tekna+
  • Gearbox
    Qashqai's fitted with an automatic gearbox are badged xTronic

Nissan Qashqai Engines 

Petrol 1.2 DIG­-T, 1.6 DIG-­T
Diesel: 1.5 dCi, 1.6 dCi

The cheapest Nissan Qashqai has a 1.2-litre petrol engine that's badged DIG-T. Official fuel economy - measured in a laboratory -  is reasonable, at around 50mpg, but falls to around 40mpg in normal driving, which is backed up by estimates from the Equa Index, which lists real-world fuel economy figures based on detailed road tests.

The 1.2-litre engine is your only choice if you want a petrol-powered Qashqai with an automatic gearbox. If you're often carrying a full load of passengers and luggage, then it can feel underpowered when you're accelerating.

The biggest petrol engine, the 1.6-­litre DIG­-T goes in completely the opposite direction. It's got plenty of power to get the Qashqai moving fast, taking 8.9 seconds to get from 0-62mph, which is brisk for a family car. Fuel economy is a little poorer, at around 37mpg in real-world driving. Cars with this engine are fitted with slightly more comfortable suspension.

The 1.5-­litre diesel in particular is a bit more balanced. Although it's less powerful than the smaller petrol engine, it doesn't need revving as hard, and so feels livelier. The official fuel economy figure of more than 70mpg is impressive, but the reality is closer to 50mpg when the car is driven on the road.

Less efficient, but more powerful, the 1.6-­litre diesel is a good choice for those who expect to work their Qashqai hard, towing loads or covering lots of motorway miles. it's the only engine available with four-wheel drive, and you can also opt for an automatic gearbox (but you can't have both together). Expect around 46mpg from the manual car and 43mpg from the auto.

FuelOfficial fuel economyPowerAcceleration (0-62mph)Top speed
1.2 DiG-TPetrol50.4mpg115hp10.6sec (12.9)115mph (108)
1.6 DiG-TPetrol48.7mpg163hp8.9sec124mph
1.5 dCiDiesel74.3mpg110hp11.9sec113mph
1.6 dCiDiesel62.8-68.9mpg130hp9.9sec (11.1)118mph (114)

Figures in brackets are for automatic cars

Nissan Qashqai Trims 

Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta, Tekna, Tekna+

The small steel wheels fitted to the least expensive Qashqai Visia don't look bad by the standard of steel wheels, but they are a little dowdy, compared with higher trim levels. Equipment isn’t too stingy, though, with air conditioning, cruise control, digital radio, Bluetooth and power­adjustable heated door mirrors all coming as standard.

Acenta has much better-­looking 17­in alloy wheels, a leather-covered steering wheel and gearknob, rain­-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control, so that both front passengers can select the temperature of the air around them, and a fold-down armrest for the rear seats.

Nissan Qashqais can be upgraded with equipment packs, which offer a series of options for less than if they were bought separately. Particularly good value on the Visia and Acenta models is the Smart Vision Pack, costing under £600, which includes automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, headlights that automatically switch to main beam when the road is clear (Acenta models only), and a warning if you drift out of the white lines on the road.

Visia and Acenta are only available with the least powerful petrol and diesel engines. For more engine options, you'll need to choose a Qashqai N-Connecta. With a list price of almost £2,000 more than Acenta cars, these versions are considerably more expensive (and considerably more popular, accounting for almost half of all sales) but do offer useful additional equipment, including a dashboard touchscreen with sat-nav and an excellent 360-degree camera, which gives you a bird's-eye view all-round the car, which can minimise the chance of clouting kerbs or bollards while manoeuvring.

The Smart Vision Pack comes as standard, as do bigger 18in alloy wheels.

Beyond that, the Tekna trim offers leather seats, an automatic parking system, which steers itself into a space and large 19­in alloy wheels. You can downgrade to 17-inch wheels, which give a more comfortable ride, free of charge. At an official price of more than £2,000 more than N-Connecta cars, it's expensive for many buyers, but there are sometimes offers and lease deals that make these cars more afforordable.

The Tekna+ trim added in 2017 includes (for an additional £1,000 compared to Tekna models) luxurious nappa seat leather with ‘3D quilting’, lumbar support in the front seats, satin silver door mirror caps and roof rails, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system.

Nissan Qashqai Reliability and warranty 

Reliability hasn’t been the Qashqai’s strong suit but it has improved in recent years and finished a respectable 44 out of 75 in the 2017 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey.

Owner feedback suggests that earier cars from the current generation were more troublesome. Electrics and software problems were most common issues; they won't necessarily leave you stranded but could mean frustrating extra visits to your dealer. If you’re buying a used Nissan Qashqai, it’s wise to find one with some warranty.

The standard warranty covers just three-years and/or 60,000 miles, which isn’t as good as many of its rivals – especially the Hyundai Tucson (five years) and Kia Sportage (seven years).

Used Nissan Qashqai 

The popularity of the Nissan Qashqai means that it doesn't plummet in value as soon as it's delivered: after three years, it's predicted to still be worth just under half (45%) of its new price.

Even so, it has been three years since the current model first went on sale, so there are increasing numbers of second-hand cars and some good used Nissan Qashqai deals, particularly on better-equipped cars (which are more popular, meaning that there are more second-hand examples available) that lose more of their value. There's even a reasonable amount choice of the less-popular four-wheel drive and petrol cars.

Some trim levels are no longer available with new Qashqais but represent great used buys. The Nissan Qashqai Acenta Premium is worth seeking out, as it was fitted with a large amount of extra standard equipment over the Acenta. This included a full-length sunroof, which brightens up the interior, sat-nav, a digital radio, and the Smart Vision Pack with features like automatic emergency braking and front and rear parking sensors.

The pre-summer 2017 update versions should also prove good value. These look slightly different, with a grille that's separate from the number plate. Inside, a round steering wheel (revised versions have a flat-bottomed steering wheel) will identify the older car.

With a number of enhancements to the Qashqai in the 2017 revisions (cars will be registered after July), it's worth trying to get hold of one of these, but weigh up the relative costs: you could find a big difference between cars that are only a few months difference in age.

Nissan Qashqai Prices

Nissan Qashqai Acenta

1.3 dig-t 160 acenta 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,422

You could save up to: £2768

1.3 dig-t 160 acenta [comfort pack/tech pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,728

You could save up to: £2852

1.3 dig-t 160 acenta [comfort pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,981

You could save up to: £2804

1.3 dig-t 160 acenta [tech pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,169

You could save up to: £2816

1.3 dig-t 160 acenta premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,854

You could save up to: £2796

1.3 dig-t acenta 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,012

You could save up to: £2678

1.3 dig-t acenta [comfort pack/tech pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,318

You could save up to: £2762

1.3 dig-t acenta [comfort pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,571

You could save up to: £2714

1.3 dig-t acenta [tech pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,759

You could save up to: £2726

1.3 dig-t acenta premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,444

You could save up to: £2706

1.5 dci [115] acenta 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,088

You could save up to: £4282

1.5 dci [115] acenta [comfort pack/tech pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,395

You could save up to: £4365

1.5 dci [115] acenta [comfort pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,648

You could save up to: £4317

1.5 dci [115] acenta [tech pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,836

You could save up to: £4329

1.5 dci [115] acenta premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,521

You could save up to: £4309

Nissan Qashqai N-Connecta

1.3 dig-t 160 n-connecta 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,208

You could save up to: £2882

1.3 dig-t 160 n-connecta [executive pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,049

You could save up to: £2936

1.3 dig-t 160 n-connecta [glass roof pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,631

You could save up to: £2909

1.3 dig-t 160 n-connecta [glass roof/exec] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,472

You could save up to: £2963

1.3 dig-t n-connecta 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,798

You could save up to: £2792

1.3 dig-t n-connecta [executive pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,639

You could save up to: £2846

1.3 dig-t n-connecta [glass roof pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,221

You could save up to: £2819

1.3 dig-t n-connecta [glass roof/executive] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,062

You could save up to: £2873

1.5 dci [115] n-connecta 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,876

You could save up to: £4394

1.5 dci [115] n-connecta [executive pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,717

You could save up to: £4448

1.5 dci [115] n-connecta [glass roof pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,299

You could save up to: £4421

1.5 dci [115] n-connecta [glass roof/exec] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,140

You could save up to: £4475

Nissan Qashqai Tekna

1.3 dig-t 160 tekna 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,370

You could save up to: £3020

1.3 dig-t tekna 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,960

You could save up to: £2930

1.5 dci [115] tekna 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,038

You could save up to: £4532

Nissan Qashqai Tekna+

1.3 dig-t 160 tekna+ 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,498

You could save up to: £3092

1.3 dig-t tekna+ 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,088

You could save up to: £3002

1.5 dci [115] tekna+ 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,166

You could save up to: £4604

Nissan Qashqai Visia

1.3 dig-t visia 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,038

You could save up to: £2552

1.3 dig-t visia [smart vision pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,555

You could save up to: £2585

1.5 dci [115] visia 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,114

You could save up to: £4156

1.5 dci [115] visia [smart vision pack] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,631

You could save up to: £4189