Our Review of the Nissan Qashqai

Driving the new Qashqai

The new facelift Qashqai comes with a choice of 3 engines - a new 1.3 turbo petrol available as a 140bhp or 160bhp variant, along with the economical 1.5 diesel as seen in the previous model. Both petrol engines are nippy, quiet and smooth, returning up to 53mpg combined and are best suited for urban driving but still perform well on the motorway too. Despite all the bad press surrounding diesel engines, they're still favoured by many who carry out longer commutes, and with a fantastic 74mpg combined plus emissions of just 100g/km of CO2 (NEDC), it's really no surprise. Typical of a diesel engine, the new Qashqai delivers plenty of torque to allow for easy acceleration and overtaking.

A new twin-clutch automatic gearbox is also now available having previously only been seen in the Nissan GTR powerhouse. The new Qashqai maintains its comfortable ride allowing for a small amount of body roll in the corners but when it comes to tackling the British roads and potholes, it's welcome! And when it comes to safety there's certainly no sacrifice which is recognised by it being awarded a top 5 star safety rating from EuroNCAP.

Cost of the New Qashqai

Starting from just £19,995, the base model Visia comes with a decent amount of standard equipment - but upgrade to the Acenta Premium from £22,895 and you get a significant amount more for your money, including NissanConnect Sat Nav with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Alloy Wheels, Dual Zone Climate Control and Rear View Camera with the option of the Smart Vision Pack which includes High Beam Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Anti Dazzle Rear View Mirror, Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, Lane Departure Warning and Front and Rear Parking Sensors.

The N-Connecta from £24,595 includes the Intelligent Around View Monitor for 360 degree vision, as well as Safety Shield Technologies. Step up to the Tekna and you'll benefit from the best technologies including a Bose 8 speaker system and Adaptive Front Lighting System as well as a part-leather trim, all from £26,895.

Finally, the range-topping Tekna+ from £28,095 has all of that, plus Premium Nappa Leather Trim, adjustable drivers seat with memory function and heated front seats.

Verdict: ★★★★★

Nissan have built on their successful formula for the Qashqai - maintaining the original crossover qualities of comfort, space and visibility but adding further features and technology to make it one of the easiest yet safest cars to drive. Couple this with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and great sound from the Bose speaker system - it's a winning combination.

Why not take the new Qashqai for a test drive and experience it for yourself?

*All prices/specifications correct at the time of writing.


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