Nissan Qashqai

5/5
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Verdict

The Nissan Qashqai has to be one of the most popular crossover SUVs ever built. The last model was a massive success in Ireland and since the introduction of the second generation, sales have been swift for the manufacturer. The Qashqai won the APMP Irish Car of the Year award in 2015, and with good reason too.

Performance

Our test model housed a 1.5 litre diesel engine that offers 109 bhp. This isn’t the most powerful offering in its class but the engine power is smooth and efficient. The official figure for accelerating from 0-100 km/h is 11.9 seconds. The quickest engine variant available is the 1.6 litre DCI engine with two-wheel drive. This offering can bring you from 0-100 km/h in 9.9 seconds. If your mileage dictates that you should be opting for a petrol engine there is a 1.2 litre DIG-T available as well as a 1.6 litre option. The 1.2 will bring you to 100 km/h in 10.8 seconds, whereas the 1.6 will cover the same distance in 9 seconds.

Ride & Handling

The steering is well weighted within the Qashqai and it deals well with corners well. The Qashqai is surprisingly good in holding back on body roll in corners – especially when you consider the size of the vehicle. The Qashqai soaks up bumps well and is particularly smooth on motorways.

Refinement

The diesel engine that we tested is brilliantly refined. It stays hushed even when putting pressure on the accelerator. In terms of road and wind noise, the Qashqai is nicely insulated for sound which is again surprising considering the dimensions of the vehicle. It’s clear that Nissan took great care in designing the cabin of this vehicle.

Quality & Reliability

This generation of Qashqai is much more comfortable than the outgoing model. Everything is laid out in a way that’s driver focused. The dash and centre console are chunky and the interior feels padded and enclosed without feeling claustrophobic. The driver’s seat and steering wheel offer a good range of movement, so it’s hard not to get comfortable in here. The Infotainment system is easy to use too. The first generation Qashqai was a great car but somehow Nissan managed to make the new version even better. In terms of style it became a much more attractive package and when you throw in all of Nissan’s latest technological equipment into the mix this SUV becomes nearly irresistible.

Safety & Security

Safety is taken very seriously by Nissan and their vision for the future is to have zero accidents in their vehicles. To promote this the manufacturer now incorporates what they call “Nissan Safety Shield” into their vehicles. This includes aids like Front Collision Avoidance, this warns drivers if they are getting too close to the car in front and if necessary it applies the brakes automatically. Other aids include Driver Attention Support, which checks the drowsiness of drivers. This works by monitoring the driving style of the first ten minutes and then the system reacts to changes in driving.

Space & Practicality

Head and leg room to both the front and rear is excellent in the Qashqai. The boot offers 20 litres more than the outgoing model and it now has a capacity of 430 litres whereas the new Renault Kadjar offers 527 litres. The back seats fold flat, which means that the Qashqai can be versatile too when it comes to load space.

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Key Facts

New Price
€25,620
Make

Nissan

Model
Qashqai
Variant
1.2 PET XE
First year of model production
2014
Engine (L)
1.2
Transmission
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Crossover

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
Average Cost Per 200km
€15.24
Cost of filling a tank
€72.27
Average L/100km
5.8
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
55
Fuel Tank Range (km)
948
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
129
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
113
Top Speed
178 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
10.8
Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo Charged
Torque
190

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
430
Air Conditioning
Yes
Automatic Parking
No
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
60:40 Split
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Parking Sensors
No
Power Steering
Electric speed sensitive power steering
Reversing Camera
No
Kerb weight
1318
Tyre Size Front
215/65 R16
Tyre Size Back
215/65 R16
Wheel Base
2646

Warranty

Warranty All Components
3 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Warranty Car Body
6 to 12 Years warranty
Warranty Paintwork
3 Year warranty
Warranty Mileage
100000
Warranty Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Hill Start Assist

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The Nissan Qashqai is the family hatchback that thinks it's an SUV. That could have been a recipe for disaster but Nissan's engineers managed to blend the qualities of both vehicle types to produce a brilliantly well-rounded product.
Top Gear
Well made, more refined and nice to live with. Nissan has nailed it.
What Car
The Nissan Qashqai is a superb small SUV that is a pleasure to live with.

Security

High Adjustable Seats
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
No
USB Connectivity
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
430 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
215/65 R16 mm
Tyre size back
215/65 R16 mm
Length
4377 mm
Width
1806 mm
Height
1590 mm
Wheel Base
2646 mm
Front Track (mm)
1590 mm
Kerb weight
1318 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1860 KG
Turning circle (m)
10.8 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent, spring
Front Brakes
Disc
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
113 bhp
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