Qashqai has become a reliable feature of the top-of-the-line sales charts for years now, and this all-round offering was further boosted by an upgrade in 2017 and a plethora of different engines and gearboxes in 2019. That said, rivals like the SEAT Ateca, Mazda CX-5 and Peugeot 3008 among others, are offering tough competition in this class.
Qashqai offers a decent experience of driving, with low noise and passenger comfort appearing as its key assets. Within, the Qashqai is comfortable, and the consistency of the construction is good, although the overall design is not as fascinating as some rivals.
Engines, performance and drive
The initial Nissan Qashqai was unexpectedly enjoyable to drive, but the new model has a more serious approach. The sound and motion levels in the cabin have been greatly improved, with far less road interference and engine noise finding its way inside-especially on the motorway.
In a number of corners, the Qashqai is fairly constructed. The electrically assisted guiding is clear and unexpectedly weighty, while the grip is abundant. Nissan’s Active Trace Control uses the brakes on the independent wheels to help you keep to your preferred cornering line, but it seems like the car never really settles when you turn in, while there’s not much traction on the deal.
MPG, CO2 and running costs
The fuel consumption and Carbon emission are decent across the Qashqai range thanks to the launch of a new, more powerful engine lineup in 2019.
The most powerful in the series is 1.5L diesel in seven-speed DCT form: the combined efficiency of 53.3mpg is high, whereas the Carbon dioxide emissions of 138g/km are competitive for this type of vehicle. There is very little change in these statistics in opting for a manual model, although there is a small decrease in overall performance. Keep in mind that, in each situation, the smallest wheel choice is the return of the best economy.
Interior, design and technology
The second group Qashqai looks much more up-to-date than the first model. The basic appearance is a traditional crossover, with an elevated ride height, roof rails and big plastic trim offering a familiar gritty off-road look.
Up front, the Qashqai has a pointed nose inspired by the new Micra, angled headlamps (with full LED technology on some models) and distinct LED running lights, while the dual chrome bars on the grid add a touch of elegance. At the back, the modified LED tail lamps extend across the corners of the car and onto the rear door.
Reliability and safety
With strong ratings for exterior design and quality construction, along with respectable scores for infotainment, convenience and operating costs, Qashqai owners seemed to be satisfied.
The Qashqai had an average reliability ranking, with 23.4 percent of owners reporting issues with their vehicles. However, this did not deter Qashqai from being the fourth best-selling car of the year in 2018.
Nissan has improved the situation with its Protection Shield technology, which is a big feature of the new Qashqai. It includes clever features such as front collision prevention (autonomous braking), collision warning, drowsiness detector, blind spot warning and traffic signal recognition. There are also cameras to help you park and track moving objects behind the car as you turn around – the Qashqai will even park itself.