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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The Qashqai's supple ride, capable handling and spacious cabin make it great for the school run and motorway travel. Great safety record

Against Restricted rear headroom and poor resale values. Some rivals are better to drive

Verdict Verdict An imaginative approach to smaller hatchbacks, the quirky Qashqai is great for younger families

Go for… 1.6 Visia

Avoid… 2.0 Tekna

Nissan Qashqai Crossover
  • 1. The extra height does mean there's some body lean through corners, but there is plenty of grip and the steering is well-weighted.
  • 2. The standard Qashqai can seat five, although shoulder room may be tight in the back. If you need to carry more passengers, look for a +2 version, which has two extra seats in the boot.
  • 3. The 113bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine needs to be pushed hard, while the 139bhp 2.0-litre is smooth and responsive. The 104bhp 1.5-litre diesel handles the car's weight well, while the 148bhp 2.
  • 4. Resale values are lower than that of rivals', but that also means you get more for your money when you buy on the used market.
  • 5. The biggest complaint from owners is a knocking noise from the rear of the car. The culprit is usually a problem with the rear shock absorbers, and means they may need replacing
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