For The Nissan Qashqai is economical, classy inside and extremely refined. It’s also one of the most practical small SUVs.
Against Some versions are pricey and the ride is a little jittery around town.
What Car? says
The Nissan Qashqai is the finest small SUV on the market. It’s thoroughly deserving of our 2014 Car of the Year award.
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There are 13 Nissan Qashqai versions available
Target Price team says:
The Nissan Qashqai is one of the quietest and classiest cars of its kind, as well as one of the most practical and best to drive. Yes, it’s more expensive than some rivals, but it's worth the extra – especially when you consider how well it should hold on to its value.
Cheapest are the 1.2-litre petrol models. They’re fine for driving around town, although on faster roads you have to rev the engine hard to keep up with traffic.
The 1.5-litre diesels are our favourite: the engine is smooth and quiet, and gutsy enough from low revs, while low CO2 emissions help keep tax bills low.
Of the trim levels, we reckon Acenta makes the most sense; you get a decent amount of kit without spending the sort of money that would buy you a larger SUV, such as the Mazda CX-5. You should consider adding the Smart Vision Pack, which includes lane-departure and collision-warning systems, automatic switching between high and low headlight beams, and traffic sign recognition.
Reader test team says:
I don't understand how What Car made it car of the year so soon after it was launched!! I was very disappointed to find out how noisy the car is to…