Nissan's Qashqai has long proved itself as a key contender in the crossover market, with more than 2.0 million produced since 2007. It appeals to both hatchback drivers looking for additional space and practicality, as well as downsizing buyers seeking greater efficiency and lower running costs.

The new Qashqai is based on the new CMF (Common Module Family) Renault-Nissan Alliance platform and is 47mm longer than before and fractionally lower and wider, giving it a sleek, poised stance while maintaining the crossover style, compact dimensions and raised driving position. Distinctive features - including a clamshell-style bonnet - lend a more premium appearance.

There’s also substantially more innovative technology showcasing here than before. Nissan's Safety Shield technologies now incorporate Forward Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert and Traffic Sign Recognition along with several other driver aids, while Intelligent Park Assist takes the stress out of urban manoeuvres.

The innovation continues with the new Qashqai's powertrain range, which is now wider and more efficient. Every engine uses a turbocharger to reduce capacity, emissions and fuel consumption while maintaining decent performance and CO2 emissions - from only 99g/km. Efficiency is further enhanced by the new car having gone on a serious diet - resulting in 40kg weight loss on some models despite the extensive addition of new equipment.

While front-wheel-drive variants will account for the majority of sales in most markets, four-wheel-drive ALL-MODE 4x4-i versions are also available to match a choice of six-speed manual or all-new Xtronic transmissions.

Qashqai’s cabin is certainly a pleasant place to be, utilising high quality plastics and fabrics, although a wider palette of colours might help to brighten things up a bit. There’s also a well-aligned driving position, easy-to-read instrumentation and comfortable seats. The raised ground clearance gives the driver a lofty view of the road, although rear vision is hampered by a combination of thick C-pillars and a small back window. Thankfully N-tec models get a 360-degree reversing camera as standard, which provides a birds-eye view of the car and the immediate surroundings. There’s plenty of head and legroom for all passengers, while the large boot can be partitioned with false floor panels.

All models come with USB port and Bluetooth, a multifunction steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and automatic lights and wipers. This N-Tec derivative adds numerous desirable gadgets and creature comforts. As standard you get a touch-screen infotainment system incorporating sat-nav (which is clear and easy-to-use) digital radio, lane departure warning system, emergency braking and keyless entry.

On the road the Qashqai belies its size and drives much like a competent hatchback, thanks to tight body control and direct steering. This 1.6 DIG-T 163 petrol turbo rewards with strong gutsy performance (0-62mph in 11.9 secs/124 mph), although the responsive yet frugal 1.5 diesel is the engine most people will opt for.

Despite the decent dynamics though, the Qashqai also scores on comfort, with a smooth ride and good refinement levels.


The new Qashqai builds on the strengths of the highly capable previous generation car, with greater refinement and comfort levels and more technology. All this combines to make Nissan’s small SUV one of the best on the market.

Tech spec:

Nissan Qashqai n-tec
Price OTR: £23,200
Gearbox: 6-speed manual
Power: 163 PS @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 240 Nm@ 2000-4000 rpm
Economy: 47.1 mpg (combined)
CO2 Emissions:138 g/km