How to spec a Nissan Qashqai
Nissan Qashqai: Two- or four-wheel drive?
The Qashqai has chunky SUV looks and a high-set 4x4-style driving position, but you don't have to go for the heavy, expensive four-wheel-drive system. In fact, the two-wheel drive VW Golf-rivalling Qashqai is a better car than the four-wheel-drive version that's up against cars such as the Land Rover Freelander. Two-wheel-drive versions are also cheaper to buy and run.
Best Nissan Qashqai engines
There are two petrol- and three diesel engines to choose from. We'd stick with either of the 1.6-litre units. The 115bhp 1.6-litre petrol needs to be worked hard, but it should suit the needs of most private buyers, and has respectable average fuel economy of 45.6mpg.
If you (or your company) prefer diesel power, the 128bhp 1.6 dCi is a gem. It has plenty of power, yet it averages 62.8mpg and emits just 119g/km of CO2.
The 1.5-litre diesel is underpowered, while the 2.0-litre diesel and petrol versions are too expensive. We'd also stick with the manual gearbox, rather than the automatic or semi-automatic CVT gearboxes that are available with some engines.
Best Nissan Qashqai trims
There are five Qashqai trims: Visia, Acenta, N-tec+, Qashqai 360 and Tekna. All are reasonably well equipped. Entry-level Visia cars come with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, a CD player, four electric windows and a Bluetooth hands-free telephone kit.
We'd go for Acenta, though, which adds front foglamps, cruise and climate controls, automatic wipers and headlights, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels and lumbar support on the driver's seat.
The N-tec+, Qashqai 360 and Tekna cars have lots of high-tech features, and a light, airy cabin thanks to a panoramic sunroof. However, prices do start to look prohibitively high.
Best Nissan Qashqai options
Metallic paint is always a good option – it gives the car a smart look and makes it easier to sell on when the time comes. Nissan charges £500 for this option.
The Nissan Connect option pack is definitely worth the money. For £700, it adds a colour reversing camera, a decent sat-nav system, CD player and integrated Bluetooth.
Take a look at Nissan's protection pack, too; for £150 you get mats and mudflaps. It's worth asking your dealer to throw these in for free to seal the deal.
There are other personalisation options to make the car feel unique – aluminium side steps (for £479) or chromed mirror caps (£185) – but you will never get that money back when it's time to sell the car on, so we'd avoid them.
Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi Acenta 2WD £21,295
Metallic paint: £500
Nissan Connect: £700
Protection pack: £150
Total price: £22,645
How to haggle for a Qashqai
Our Target Price mystery shoppers say you can knock off at least 9% from the list price of a Nissan Qashqai. Remember you can haggle on the price of the options you choose, too.
Maximum you should pay for our recommended Qashqai £20,539
Read the full Nissan Qashqai review
By Iain Reid