Nissan Qashqai Review

The Nissan Qashqai is a cross-over SUV designed to appeal to more than one sector of the market. The Qashqai sports an SUV stance and lower body shape. The top portion of the Qashqai boasts a sportier look giving the Nissan a very attractive and unique appearance.

The Nissan Qashqai provides excellent ground clearance even though it is not a true off-roader it is well worth paying a little extra for the added benefits of a cross-over SUV. The Qashqai boasts a sleek curvy body style abandoning the traditional square styling of regular SUVs.

The Qashqai is 4.3 metres long and is larger than most C-segment hatchbacks. The Nissan Qashqai also weighs less and is more manageable. The Nissan Qashqai comes standard with two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive is offered as a cost option.

The Qashqai offers a choice of engines varying from a 2.0-litre petrol model to a diesel option. The Qashqai was designed as an on-road vehicle with excellent handling and a smooth ride.


The Qashqai is not a true 4X4 but it does carry additional weight and that means fuel economy will suffer. The initial purchase price is competitive with good equipment levels and low running costs.

The Nissan Qashqai provides a spacious cabin with good head and legroom all-round. Buyers who opt for the panoramic roof will find rear headroom compromised. The boot is large and can accommodate a good deal of cargo.

The Qashqai’s instrumentation is attractive and functional. The centre console is set high and is convenient to use. The Nissan Qashqai provides functional, user-friendly controls.

The Qashqai provides large and supportive seats. The cabin is spacious and comfortable and although the Qashqai provides a sportier ride the quality and comfort of the ride are not compromised.

The Nissan Qashqai is a simple car to park. The drive position provides decent all-round visibility. The Qashqai’s rear pillars limit rearward vision slightly but shouldn’t pose any major problems. Some higher spec models come equipped with parking sensors or reversing cameras.


Life Style

The Qashqai provides an excellent driving experience. It rides and handles well and body roll is minimized and grip is good. The Qashqai’s steering is weighty and the overall ride quality is excellent.

The Nissan Qashqai would make a terrific family vehicle. Cabin space is more than adequate and the Qashqai’s boot is large and accommodating. The 4-wheel drive option will also be appealing for many families.

The Qashqai is an unlikely first car. It is too large for what most novice drivers require. The Qashqai is easy enough to drive and handles well but will probably be too expensive for most first time buyers.

The Qashqai sports a unique and stylish design with an impressive interior and exterior quality. The cabin boasts a superior quality feel. Nissan has produced a line of successful 4X4 models. The Qashqai will help contribute to Nissan’s positive image

Security and Safety

The Qashqai comes standard with remote central locking and an automatic locking mechanism. The Qashqai comes standard with an engine immobilizer but only higher spec models include an alarm as standard.

The Qashqai’s standard safety features include six airbags, ABS. ¬†ESP is fitted as standard on some models and is offered as a cost option on other models.

The Finishing Touches

The Nissan Qashqai’s standard audio system includes a radio and CD player with four speakers. Upgraded systems include a sat-nav system, a reversing camera, and a six CD auto changer. The standard unit delivers excellent sound quality.

The Qashqai’s exterior design looks more impressive in bold colours. The cabin colour is mostly black with the exception of the Qashqai’s seats that tend to come in an array of colours. Cabin plastics are soft and of good quality.


The Nissan Qashqai may look like an SUV but performs more like a family wagon. The Qashqai delivers excellent cabin space coupled with a pleasant and unique exterior design. The Qashqai provides everything that buyers have come to expect from Nissan and much more.