The Nissan Qashqai isn’t cheap to buy, but strong resale values go a long way towards making up for this, so its total bills over three years are comparable with those of many inferior rivals.
Its fuel economy figures are also impressive. Even the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol managed more than 40mpg in our real-world True MPG tests, while you should get more than 50mpg from either diesel.
The 1.5-litre diesel version is particularly tempting if you’re a company car driver, because its sub-100g/km CO2 emissions help keep tax bills down. On the other hand, the turbocharged 1.6 petrol version is neither cheap to buy nor to run.
Nissan Qashqai equipment
You have to pay big money to get some features
Entry-level Visia models come with air-conditioning, Bluetooth and cruise control, but they miss out on lots of desirable kit, so we’d recommend going for a higher-spec model if you can.
Acenta trim is certainly worth considering, because it adds dual-zone climate control, alloy wheels and automatic lights and wipers.
Our favourite, however, is N-Connecta, which brings luxuries such as sat-nav, front, side and rear cameras, and front and rear parking sensors. It also has 18in wheels and keyless engine starting.
Range-topping Tekna models are too pricey to recommend, even though they get heated leather seats, LED headlights, a heated windscreen and 19in wheels.
It’s worth noting that Nissan has offered some of the more appealing options – such as the Connect 7in touchscreen infotainment system – as part of bigger packs rather than on their own. Other tempting equipment such as the clever around view monitor aren’t even optional and require a jump in trim to obtain.
Nissan Qashqai reliability
Nissan and the Qashqai both have strong reputations
This model was too new to be included in our last ownership satisfaction survey, but the previous-generation Qashqai was rated one of the most reliable cars in the small SUV class, so the signs are promising.
Nissan as a brand also performed well in our most recent reliability survey, finishing 11th out of 38 manufacturers, and ahead of many premium brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
Nissan Qashqai safety & security
Plenty of airbags on all models; high-tech features on higher trim levels
All Qashqais come with six airbags, stability control and emergency brake assist, which automatically applies maximum braking pressure if the system detects that you haven’t braked hard enough in an emergency. The Smart Vision Pack (optional on Visia and Acenta trims, and standard on more expensive models) adds lane-departure warning and automatic emergency braking, which brakes for you if it detects that you’re about to hit the vehicle in front and haven’t braked at all.
The Qashqai also received the maximum five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2014, with scores of 88% for adult protection, 83% for child protection and 69% for pedestrian protection.
An alarm and engine immobiliser help protect against thieves, prompting security experts Thatcham to give the car a maximum five stars for resisting theft. It also received four out of five for resisting being broken into.
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This entry-level trim gets most essentials, including air-conditioning, Bluetooth, remote central locking, four electric windows and cruise control. However, its basic infotainment system doesn’t include a DAB radio, and you don’t get front or rear parking sensors, either.
Worth a look because it takes the basic Visia spec and adds dual-zone climate control, 17in alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, and snazzy interior ambient lighting. You still have to live without parking sensors a DAB radio, or sat-nav, though.
Our pick N-Connecta
This is our favourite trim because it adds front and rear parking sensors, an around-view camera system, plenty of extra safety features and, notably, Nissan’s Connect infotainment system, which brings a 7in touchscreen and satellite navigation. It’s quite a step up in price from Acenta trim, but we think it’s worth it.
This trim adds part Alcantara, part leather seat trim, electrically adjustable and heated front seats with lumbar adjustment, and a panoramic glass sunroof.
Range-topping Tekna spec brings heated and electrically adjustable leather seats, LED headlights, a self-parking system and even more safety features than you get with N-tec, including a system that alerts you if another car is in your blindspot. It’s really expensive, though, and it comes with 19in wheels that harm ride comfort.