2017 Nissan Qashqai review verdict, specs, price and release date

The once class-leading Nissan Qashqai is back post-facelift to reclaim its pla...

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Rory White
14 Jun 2016 22:1 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

A new range-topping trim level, Tekna+, has been added. It adds unique styling and plush Nappa leather seats, but the rest of the trims remains the same: entry-level Visia, followed by Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna.

The Qashqai's 1.5-litre diesel engine also continues to emit a class-leading 99g/km with the right alloy wheels fitted.

But, given that the Qashqai hasn't dramatically improved in terms of its drive, quality, infotainment or space, it's really left to its pricing to take it to the top. Unfortunately, the Qashqai is now more expensive than it was before, and importantly, more expensive trim-for-trim than an Ateca.

As such, while the Qashqai certainly remains one of the best small SUVs you can buy, it doesn't do quite enough at this stage to persuade us it deserves to wear its old crown once again.

We wait to see whether a drive of the cheaper 1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol model on UK roads will change our minds.

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Rated 4 out of 5

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Peugeot 3008

Seat Ateca

Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi 130 Tekna+

Price £30,830

Engine 4cyl, 1598cc, diesel

Power 129bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 236lb ft @ 1750rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-62mph 9.9sec

Top speed 118mph

Official economy 64.2mpg

CO2, tax band 116g/km, 25%

Release date July