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Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13) review

(2007 - 2013)
Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Nissan Qashqai hatchback?

Because the Nissan Qashqai straddles the SUV and family hatchback camps, there are loads of potential alternatives, although it depends on whether your budget fits an early example or a newer car.

Family hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf are plentiful at any budget or year, and while they don’t have the Qashqai’s raised ride height and driving position, they have nearly as much space inside and come in a wide variety of specifications to suit all preferences.

The first-generation Hyundai Tucson could be considered a rival to the early Qashqais, but it’s much noisier and nowhere near as comfortable. It’s also more expensive to run.

The Hyundai ix35, which was introduced in 2009, is far closer to the Nissan in concept and it offers plenty of equipment and a five-year manufacturer warranty.

What alternatives should I consider to a used Nissan Qashqai hatchback?

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Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)
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Verdict

While the Nissan Qashqai isn't notably larger than regular family hatchbacks, it has a lot more presence and a 4x4-like driving position.

  • Economical diesel engines
  • Raised driving position
  • Comfortable ride with the right wheels
  • Reliable
  • Good selection available on the used market
  • Not that spacious in the rear
  • Potential diesel particulate filter issues issues
  • More stylish alloy wheels detract from comfort