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Nissan Qashqai review

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7 Nov 2016 17:03 | Last updated: 28 Sep 2018 19:54

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Nissan Qashqai hatchback running costs

The Qashqai isn’t cheap to buy, but reasonable resale values help make up for this, so its total bills over three years are comparable with those of many inferior rivals. That said, a Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq will hold onto more of their value after three years.

Fuel economy figures are also impressive. Although the 1.5-litre diesel can’t match its claimed figures, it still got a thrifty 51.9mpg on our True MPG cycle. Even the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol should manage more than 40mpg when driven carefully.

The 1.5-litre diesel 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 is neither cheap to buy nor to run.

Nissan Qashqai hatchback equipment

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, 17in alloy wheels, power-folding door mirrors, driver’s seat lumbar adjustment and automatic lights and wipers.

Our favourite, however, is N-Connecta, which brings luxuries such as a 7.0in touchscreen with sat-nav, a 360deg camera system, privacy glass and front and rear parking sensors. It also has 18in wheels, keyless engine starting and lots more safety kit, which we’ll talk about in detail later.

Tekna models are too pricey to recommend and the bigger 19in alloy wheels ruin ride quality, but for those who must have a lot of toys Tekna comes with heated leather seats, LED headlights and a heated windscreen. Meanwhile, Tekna+ has more luxurious nappa leather seats, lumbar adjustment and a Bose sound system.

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Nissan Qashqai hatchback reliability

Nissan as a brand disappointed in the most recent What Car? reliability survey, finishing 29th of 32 manufacturers – below Skoda, Seat, Peugeot and Vauxhall.

Meanwhile, the Qashqai was the worst-performing family SUV, with a woeful average of 89 faults per 100 vehicles.

Batteries, bodywork and non-engine electrics topped the list of problem areas, although it wasn't all bad news, because most cars were fixed in less than a week for free.

At least you get the peace of mind of a three-year/ 60,000-mile warranty that includes breakdown cover.

Nissan Qashqai hatchback safety and security

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, standard on more expensive models) adds cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking, which brakes for you if the system detects that you’re about to hit the vehicle in front and haven’t braked at all.

Nissan now 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 is seamless in operation and has an intuitive user interface.

Currently, ProPilot is available as an option on Tekna and Tekna+ and comes as standard on Pilot One Edition. Nissan says the system will be available on lesser models in the near future.

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.

An alarm and engine immobiliser help protect against thieves, prompting security experts 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

The Nissan Qashqai is a fine SUV that is a pleasure to live with and makes a terrific family car

  • Comfortable ride with smaller wheels
  • Very quiet 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel
  • Efficient engines
  • Top-end versions are very pricey
  • Ride is harsh with 19in wheels
  • Important safety kit optional on lower trims
There are 5 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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£20,138
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OUR PICK
N-Connecta
Our favourite trim is N-Connecta, because it brings luxuries such as a 7.0in touchscreen with sat-nav, a 360deg camera system, privacy glass and front and rear parking sensors. It also has 18in whe...View trim
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Tekna
Tekna brings heated and electrically adjustable part-leather seats, LED headlights, a self-parking system and even more safety features than you get with N-Connecta, including a system that alerts...View trim
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£24,034
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Tekna+
Tekna+ comes with luxurious nappa leather seats and LED headlights, but it makes the Qashqai extremely expensive, placing it against premium rivals with which it can’t realistically compete...View trim
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£25,147
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