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Nissan Qashqai review

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Nissan Qashqai hatchback running costs

The Qashqai is a bit cheaper to buy than the equivalent Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq, especially when you factor in dealer discounts. But assuming you’re buying privately and change cars every three years or so, there’s a good chance either of those rivals will end up costing you less in the long run, thanks to their slower predicted depreciation.

Monthly PCP costs are competitive enough, if nothing to write home about, although the Qashqai is a cheaper option than many of its rivals if you’re planning to lease.

Fuel economy is also impressive. Although the 1.5-litre diesel couldn’t match its claimed figures in our tests (few cars do), it still averaged a thrifty 51.9mpg on our True MPG cycle. Even the 138bhp 1.3-litre petrol managed 41.3mpg, although the more powerful Seat Ateca 1.5 averaged a healthier 44.5mpg.

If you’re a company car driver paying benefit-in-kind tax, it’s worth noting that versions with 17in wheels emit the least CO2. N-Connecta and Tekna models come with larger wheels as standard, but you can swap to smaller wheels for no extra charge.

Nissan Qashqai hatchback equipment

Entry-level Visia models come with air conditioning and cruise control, but they miss out on lots of desirable kit, including alloy wheels, so we’d recommend going for a higher-spec model if you can.

Acenta Premium trim is certainly worth considering, because it adds 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers and various infotainment upgrades (see infotainment section), as well as the visibility aids we mentioned previously. All things considered, this is our favourite trim.

However, we can certainly see why you’d be tempted by N-Connecta, which adds privacy glass, bigger wheels and keyless entry. You get more safety kit, too, which we’ll talk about in detail later.

Tekna models are too pricey to recommend and the bigger 19in alloy wheels they have ruin ride quality, but for those who must have a lot of toys, Tekna comes with part-leather seats and a panoramic glass roof. Meanwhile, Tekna+ gets you more luxurious nappa leather seats.

2019 Nissan Qashqai door trim

Nissan Qashqai hatchback reliability

Nissan as a brand disappointed in the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing 26th out of 31 manufacturers – below Skoda, Seat, Peugeot and Vauxhall.

Meanwhile, the Qashqai was the second worst-performing family SUV; only the Range Rover Evoque was reported as being less reliable.

The warranty is nothing special: you get a three-year/60,000-mile warranty that includes breakdown cover as standard. Kia and Hyundai offer the longest warranties in the class – up to seven years for the former.

Nissan Qashqai hatchback safety and security

All Qashqais come with six airbags 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 standard on the more expensive trims) adds traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking, which brakes for you if the system detects that you’re about to hit the car in front and haven’t braked at all.

Further safety systems are fitted to N-Connecta models and above, including blindspot monitoring, driver fatigue detection and rear cross-traffic alert.

Nissan also offers its semi-autonomous driver assistance system on the Qashqai. ProPilot will take care of the steering in certain situations (such as motorway driving) while keeping you a set distance from the car in front. The system isn’t worth paying for, though, because the steering isn’t especially smooth. ProPilot is available as an option on N-Connecta trim and above.

The Qashqai 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. However, it’s worth noting the standards have increased significantly since then, so the Qashqai would be unlikely to score such impressive marks if it were tested today. Both the Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca were tested more recently and still score higher marks for adult and pedestrian safety.

An alarm and engine immobiliser help to protect against thieves, prompting security expert Thatcham Research to give the car a maximum five stars for resisting theft. The Qashqai also received four out of five for resisting being broken into.

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Verdict

Although the Nissan Qashqai is no longer our favourite Family SUV, it remains a very good proposition. If you choose wisely and keep to 17in alloy wheels, it's one of the more comfortable cars in the class (but not far off the worst with 19in wheels, so be warned), and the range of engines introduced for 2019, especially the 138bhp 1.3-litre petrol, are quiet and more than potent enough. In the main it's practical, too, although cars like the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq have more room and the Karoq in particular, better seating flexibility that can make your life easier. Still, there's little doubt that you should have the Qashqai sat squarely on your shopping list.

  • Comfortable ride with smaller 17in wheels
  • Quiet and smooth 1.3 petrol and 1.5 diesel
  • Surefooted handling and easy to drive
  • Top-end versions are very pricey
  • Ride is overly harsh with 19in wheels
  • Important safety kit optional on lower trims
There are 7 trims available for the Qashqai hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Visia
This entry-level trim gets most essentials, including air conditioning, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, remote central locking, four electric windows and cruise control. If you can, it’s worth going up to...View trim
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Acenta
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 w...View trim
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N-Connecta
We can certainly see why you’d be tempted by N-Connecta, which adds privacy glass, bigger 18in wheels and keyless entry. You get more safety kit, too, including blind spot warning and a rear cross...View trim
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Acenta Premium
Acenta Premium trim is well worth considering, because it adds 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, power-folding door mirrors, a height-adjustable passenger s...View trim
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Tekna
Tekna brings part-leather (heated front) seats, with power adjustment on the driver's side, LED headlights, a self-parking system, a heated windscreen, a BOSE sound system and adaptive cruise contr...View trim
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N-Motion
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Tekna+
Tekna+ comes with luxurious quilted nappa leather seats, memory recall for the driver's seat and power adjustment for the passenger's seat, but it makes the Qashqai extremely expensive, placing it...View trim
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