The most obvious visual changes are at the front, where the Qashqai gets a larger grille which cuts into the bumper. This is flanked by more aggressive looking air intakes, while higher-spec cars now feature adaptive LED headlights.
The rear end has also been improved, with a new bumper and lights.
Engines and driving
Without doubt the Qashqai remains one of the most comfortable cars in its class.
For 2017, the suspension and steering have been revised to improve stability and settle the ride a bit more.
Fortunately, the engines never create too much noise, even when pushed hard. This contributes to impressive overall refinement. Nissan have added thicker glass and more sound proofing materials, whilst also improving airflow around the car, so wind and road noise are always kept to a minimum. This is good for those who think more effort should be put into noise reduction for motorways thus providing comfort in travel.
Interior and equipment
The facelift brings upgraded dashboard materials and a new steering wheel design. It's this flat-bottomed wheel that makes the biggest difference, looking and feeling of a high quality.
All models now get a DAB radio, as standard, and the automatic emergency braking system recognises pedestrians as well as cars. Plus, there's a new range-topping Tekna+ trim, the main attractions of which are plush nappa leather seats, an eight-speaker Bose sound system and a huge panoramic glass roof.
Safety experts at Euro NCAP awarded the Qashqai the full 5 stars, with the car scoring well in the adult and child occupant categories.
Nissan has a Safety Shield technology, which features heavily in the new Qashqai. It has clever features such as:
- front collision avoidance (autonomous braking)
- lane departure warning
- blind spot warning
- traffic sign recognition
- new stand still assist
- rear cross traffic alert
There are also cameras to help you park and detect moving objects behind the car when you’re reversing meaning the Qashqai will pretty much park itself!