What should I look for in a used Nissan Qashqai+2 hatchback?
It’s not unusual to find a Nissan Qashqai+2 in which the third row seats have never been used, so small are they. Most owners bought the +2 for the extra boot space and rear seat legroom that it offers, not the extra seats.
The door locking mechanism can be troublesome, so make sure that all four doors and the boot hatch unlock when you use the key-fob. It’s usually the driver's door that fails.
The interior plastics also feel a bit cheap, so check around the cabin carefully for scratches, knocks and scuffs. Almost all Qashqai+2s will have been family cars, so expect to find some wear and tear.
What are the most common problems with a used Nissan Qashqai+2 hatchback?
All three diesel engines use a diesel particulate filter, and this can clog with soot if the car is not regularly driven at cruising speed for long distances. With many Qashqais spending a lot of their life in town and on the school run, clogged and broken DPFs are not uncommon. This should be given away by an engine management warning light.
The air conditioning also has a habit of letting bacteria build up in the system, leading to an unpleasant damp smell inside the car. It often needs professional attention to cure.
Is a used Nissan Qashqai+2 hatchback reliable?
The Nissan Qashqai is generally quite reliable, but there have been a few reported issues. If the car feels loose and unstable on the road, it probably has worn or even broken suspension dampers, and many Qashqais will have had their shocks replaced under warranty.
A sluggish or unresponsive diesel engine means that the turbocharger or the exhaust gas recirculation valve (or possibly both) has failed and will need replacing. Blue or black smoke on start-up is an indication that the turbo has gone.
An engine that surges, or feels like it’s revving harder than you intend it to is usually just an engine management issue and can be cured relatively cheaply with a software update.
According to data from CAP, the Qashqai+2 is better than the class average when it comes to brake calipers and brake fluid, but not brake discs. It’s worse than average for bulbs, but better for cambelt changes, pollen filters and wiper blades.