Nissan Qashqai Review

The Nissan Qashqai is well known as being the car that started the trend for mainstream family SUVs, despite the fact that Nissan took a bit of a risk when they launched the first generation Qashqai back in 2006 and subsequently invented the crossover family SUV.

The current third generation, the All-New Nissan Qashqai SUV, was revealed in 2021 and brought with it a new style into an increasingly competitive market.

Read through our Qashqai review for a guide to the new model to help make your decision.

Design and Style

The All-New Nissan Qashqai SUV has a much needed facelift from the second generation Qashqai that came before it. Like others in the Nissan family it has ditched the rounded and bubble like body for something more muscular with strong lines and sharp details.

Practicality has been a key objective in the third generation Qashqai range. There are storage areas in the doors and in the front centre armrest, the rear seats also go completely flat when they're folded down for additional space and the boot itself has two luggage boards which allow you to configure your space in 16 different ways. The doors also open wider than you expect, meaning that it's much easier for car seats to be lifted in and out. There's no doubt that it's designed with families in mind.

The new model is also around 60kg lighter with the bonnet, doors, and front wings all aluminium and the tailgate plastic, meaning that its a much lighter drive than before.

Interior

The interior of the Nissan Qashqai has been upgraded too. Previous iterations weren't quite as exciting, particularly in comparison to other family SUVs.

The materials feel much more upmarket than in previous models, with premium cloth a standard for the seat fabrics, and soft finishes to the dashboard and doors with double stitching around the edges. More premium models upgrade these fabrics further for a more plush cabin and are paired with electric seats and even massage functions at the top spec. The centre console has two power outputs from the second trim level onwards, making it easier to stay connected.

The Nissan has previously fallen short with technology when compared to rivals the Acenta Premium adds in the 8 inch colour touchscreen, and is a welcome addition from the Visia model. Adding the heads up display and large 12.3 inch digital display in higher spec models makes the new Qashqai a practical, well-rounded family car.

Comfort and Practicality

The All New Nissan Qashqai SUV has gained a small amount of space when compared to the previous model. It's now 4425mm in length but still shorter than the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Hyundai Tucson and the Ford Kuga. There's less disparity in the height, with the Qashqai coming in at 1625mm and the Tucson next at 1665mm. The Kuga and Tiguan are then 1666mm and 1675mm respectively.

Whilst not as large as some of its rivals it's still a roomy family SUV. The doors now open to 85 degrees which makes getting child seats in and out much easier, and there's ample storage throughout the cabin thanks to the glove box, centre armrest, and door bins.

The maximum boot space with all five seats in use is 504 litres, only 35 litres behind the Tucson. It does reduce to 436 litres if you choose the Tekna+ so it's definitely worth knowing when you look at your trims. The Ford Kuga offers up to 526 litres with all five seats in use as the rear row can slide, however you then look at seriously restricting your passengers legroom by doing this. With the seats folded you can get a maximum of 1447 litres and the seats fold completely flat, which is definitely a bonus point for the new Qashqai.

Performance and Engine Options

The engine options for the latest Nissan Qashqai have slimmed down their engine options and completely discarded diesel as part of their plan to become a carbon neutral company by 2050. The available options on the Qashqai therefore all have mild hybrid assistance and come as a 1.3 litre petrol engine with varying power outputs.

Mild hybrid cars features a small battery pack which works with the combustion energy at certain times, like when you're pulling away, to help to improve fuel economy and performance. Whilst traditional hybrid cars can run power from the electric motor a mild hybrid cannot and is there to take pressure off the combustion engine.

The first option is the DIGT140 2WD which comes with a six speed manual gearbox and is available on all trims apart from the Tekna+ and is the only option for the Visia trim. It's 0-60mph time is 10.2 seconds with a combined mpg of 44.7 and CO2 emissions of 143 g/km. As the name suggests, it gives 140PS which is a little punchier than the entry engine for the Tiguan at 130PS.

The next option is the DIGT158 2WD which is also a six speed manual with a power output of 158PS. It's available from the Acenta Premium trim onwards and offers the same combined mpg of 44.7 and emissions of 143 g/km as the DIGT140 but has a quicker 0-60mph time. It comes in at 9.5 seconds, 0.7 seconds quicker than the entry engine.

The DIGT158 also comes with an automatic gearbox, again on all trims aside from the Visia, and is a little quicker than it's manual counterpart at 9.2 seconds to reach 60mph. You're looking at a combined mpg of 44.7 again and 124 g/km of CO2 emissions. It's performance isn't too different from the manual at all.

The final option is a four wheel drive version of the DIGT158. It keeps the automatic gearbox and is available on the N-Connecta, Tekna, and Tekna+ trims. It's a little slower, with a 0-60mph time of 9.9 seconds, and less economical with a combined mpg of 41.2 and 155 g/km of emissions. However, as a four wheel drive it will improve your traction and gives you a really SUV feeling as you drive.

If you're looking for something even more environmentally friendly, Nissan does have a selection of electric cars, such as the Nissan ARIYA which is a great alternative.

Trim Levels

The All New Nissan Qashqai SUV has five different trim levels available: Visia, Acenta Premium, N-Connecta, Tekna, and Tekna+, all with varying levels of technology and features available.

There's a large list of standard equipment available which includes useful features like electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, a cap less fuel filling point, an engine start button, multifunction steering wheel, and automatic LED headlights with LED daytime running lights.

The new Qashqai range starts with the Visia, a pretty basic option. You can expect some styling options like a shark fin antenna, 17 inch steel wheels, and black cloth seats whilst it also comes with adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, rear parking sensors, and a 7 inch colour combimeter.

The Acenta Premium is a more exciting offering with a rear view camera added, driver's seat manual lumbar support, 17 inch alloys, a leather covered steering wheel, auto folding mirrors, a rain sensor, and Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

Upgrading again brings you to the N-Connecta and adds things like privacy glass, a rear bumper with silver insert, anthracite cloth seats, and 2 rear USBs. There's also more advanced options like wireless Apple Carplay, front parking sensors, an around view monitor with moving object detection, 12.3 inch combimeter, and a 12.3 inch NissanConnect display. It's a much more modern feeling cabin to use.

The Nissan Qashqai Tekna adds even more technology to your model. There's a power tailgate, the driver's seat has 8 way electric adjustability, the drive assist system, a 10.8 inch driver head's up display, front LED adaptive headlights, front and rear LED indicators, and the heat pack which includes heated seats, steering wheel, and windshield. Aesthetically it adds 19 inch alloy wheels, manual lumbar support for the passenger seat, part Syntech leather and cloth seats, black headliner for the cabin, and a glass roof.

The final trim level is the Tekna+ and it's definitely the most luxurious feeling of them all. It upgrades the passenger seat to electric adjustment and adds 4 way electric lumbar support for both it and the driver's seat and a massage function. They are also premium quilted leather seats with additional blue trim. Elsewhere the Tekna+ has 20 inch alloy wheels, the door mirrors tilt when you put the car into reverse, and the sound system is upgraded to the premium Bose sound system which has 10 speakers.

Reliability and Safety

The New Nissan Qashqai has a five star Euro NCAP rating and performs better in every category in comparison to the prior model. It also outperforms the Hyundai Tucson, the Honda HR V, and the Vauxhall Mokka in every category, highlighting Nissan's commitment to making it one of the safest cars in its class.

As a standard, there is a selection of safety and driver assistance equipment that comes with the latest Nissan Qashqai. This includes lane departure warning, intelligent front emergency breaking with pedestrian, cyclist and junction assist, forward collision warning, blind spot warning, blind spot intervention, rear automatic braking, and driver attention alert.

These all work with you as you drive to support you and your reactions should you miss anything. However they are only assistance and it is important to remain alert as you drive and not rely on any of these.

The Nissan Qashqai SUV also comes with a 3 year or 60,000 mile manufacturing warranty (whichever milestone comes first) and has the option to be extended annually as long as your car is under 10 years old and 100,000 miles.

Prices

The new Qashqai is well placed in the market in terms of price. The entry level Visia model starts at £25,505 which is £700 less than the notoriously budget friendly Skoda Karoq and as much as £3000 less than the Ford Kuga or the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The Acenta Premium then starts at £28,105 followed by the N-Connecta at £30,275. These are more in line with competitors like the SEAT Ateca so it's really a case of comparing trim levels to get the right combination for you.

The Tekna trim begins at £32,815 with the Tekna+ beginning at £36,325, which is an £11,000 jump from the Visia model. It's worth noting that a highest trim Tiguan is still more expensive than this but the top line Kuga and Tucson are all in the same ballpark.

Summary

The Nissan Qashqai is designed as a family SUV, and has been from it's original design. From being the original crossover to now it's managed to adapt to the market and keep relevant with every new generation. It's kept its roots as a functional family car whilst proving that it knows it way around great features and can offer something as exciting as the new models that have come in its wake.

The new Qashqai brings the model back to top form and easily makes it a strong contender in the SUV class. It's definitely an option that you should consider for your next family SUV.

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