Expert Reviews

First Drive: Nissan Qashqai

Friday 16 June 2017

First Drive: Nissan Qashqai
Summary

Nissan has sold 2.3 million Qashqais since the car’s UK launch in 2007, making it the marque’s most successful model. This means a new version is very important to get right.

The upgraded Qashqai has revised exterior styling, a more refined interior, improved driving performance and increased safety via the Nissan Intelligent Mobility Solutions system. A new flagship grade called Tekna+ has been also been introduced and ProPilot autonomous technology will be added in spring 2018.

Looks & Image

At first glance, the new Qashqai doesn’t look all that new. But take a closer look and you’ll find sleeker front and rear ends, as well as redesigned headlights and taillights.

There’s been something of an overhaul in the cabin, most prominently the revised steering wheel. The interior isn’t stunning to look at, but it has been built with durability in mind.

Space & Practicality

A good SUV needs to have enough space for a family and the Qashqai doesn’t disappoint. There’s a vast amount of headroom in the front, along with lots of useful storage spaces.

There’s a great amount of headroom in the back and legroom is plentiful as well, meaning two adults can sit there without a problem. Like its predecessor, the new Qashqai offers 430 litres of boot space, which stretches to 860 litres with the rear seats down.

Behind the Wheel

The 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 159bhp and 240Nm of torque, which is enough for the Qashqai to be fun for nippy driving. Despite its size, it picks up speed nicely and makes quite a good sound too.

There’s less lean than you would expect from a car of this size and it’s very comfortable for cruising on the motorway. The seats are both soft and supportive, and uneven surfaces are dealt with in an exquisite manner.

Value for Money

The Qashqai starts at £19,295, but it’s not the sort of car where you opt for the basic trim level. The Tekna specification that we tested was worth £27,450 with the 1.6-litre petrol engine.

There’s a generous helping of kit for this money, including DAB radio, satellite navigation, a reversing camera, heated seats and a panoramic glass roof. The ProPilot system that Nissan is planning to introduce in 2018 will give the Qashqai the ability to accelerate, slow down and stay in its lane completely autonomously.

Who would buy one ?

The Qashqai, like most crossover SUVs, is targeted at families. Nissan hopes this new version will especially appeal to those in urban areas because of its practicality, safety and simplicity.

Facts at a Glance

Model: Nissan Qashqai
Price as tested: £27,450
Engine tested: 1.6-litre DIG-T four-cylinder petrol
Power: 159bhp
Torque: 240Nm
Max speed: 124mph
0-60mph: 8.7 seconds
MPG: 48.7 (combined cycle)
Emissions: 134g/km

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