What Car? says...
The Nissan Qashqai was the car that really lit a firecracker under the family SUV trend, and it caught on so rapidly that millions of them are now on the road. It’s still going strong today and has evolved to meet changing tastes – notably when it comes to engine options.
And it needed to evolve. You see, while the original Qashqai had the market pretty much to itself, this third-generation model faces tough competition as rival manufacturers roll out their own takes on the hugely successful SUV format.
So, how does the Qashqai compare with the best family SUVs in all the important areas, and which version should you buy? Over the next few pages of this review, we'll tell you all about its performance, interior quality, running costs and more to help you work out whether it's the right car for you.
Once you've decided which make and model is right for you, head over to our free What Car? New Car Deals pages and do a quick search to find out how much you could save off the asking price. There are usually lots of very tempting new family SUV deals.
The latest Qashqai isn't in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Nissan came a disappointing 25th place out of 32 brands. Read more here
We think the Qashqai’s entry-level DIG-T 140 engine and the N-Connecta trim is the best combo. That way you get good performance and efficiency but also plenty of standard equipment, including 18in alloy wheels, a larger infotainment screen, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and privacy glass. Read more here
Our chosen Qashqai trim is N-Connecta It gives you plenty of standard equipment, including 18in alloy wheels, a larger infotainment screen and dual-zone climate control. For a few more luxuries, think about upgrading to Tekna because it adds a heated steering wheel and windscreen, electronically-adjustable and heated front seats and wireless phone-charging. Read more here
The quality of the Qashqai’s infotainment depends on which trim you go for. Entry-level Visia and Acenta Premium both come with an old 8.0in touchscreen system with dated graphics. The more expensive trims have a newer and better 12.3in system. Read more here
The Qashqai’s boot space (455 litres to 504 litres, depending on the version) isn’t as generous as the boots in the Seat Ateca or Skoda Karoq but we still managed to fit seven carry-on suitcases below the parcel shelf. That means there should be enough space for a large weekly shop or a couple of buggies. Read more here
|RRP price range||£26,405 - £41,340|
|Number of trims (see all)||5|
|Number of engines (see all)||3|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol, hybrid|
|MPG range across all versions||40.2 - 53.3|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,672 / £2,819|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£3,345 / £5,639|