The Nissan Qashqai is one of the best-selling SUVs on the market thanks to its great range of engines, fabulous ride quality and tempting price. This means it gets a superb wowscore of 8.9 and, as a result, won carwow’s 2015 Car of the Year Award.
The Nissan is a great choice for lots of people, but there are plenty of other family SUVs that make worthy rivals. We’ve put together a list of 10 cars that can take on the mighty Qashqai.
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1. Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage is a big rival for the Qashqai, and the latest model is better-equipped than ever to take it on. From the outside, the bold new styling might be somewhat divisive, but the interior has taken a significant leap in terms of comfort and quality. Passenger space has increased, while the controls have been de-cluttered thanks to a new infotainment system.
There are a number of engines to choose from and, while all are more efficient than the old model, the best choices remain the diesels – even the least potent 1.7-litre 116hp unit has the torque to deal with most situations, while sipping fuel at a rate of 62mpg.
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2. Renault Kadjar
The Renault Kadjar shares lots of parts with the Qashqai, so it carries over lots of its qualities, too. It keeps the Qashqai’s brilliant ride comfort and light, intuitive controls making it a doddle to drive. Inside, quality is on par with the Nissan but, thanks to a little French flair, the dashboard feels a little more special. Interior space is also very similar to the Nissan but the Kadjar will give you an extra 42 litres of boot space – making it one of the biggest in class.
While it shares the Qashqai’s sublime ride comfort, there are fewer engines to choose from. The 1.5- and 1.6-litre diesels offer decent acceleration for those motorway journeys and will return over 60mpg. It’s also offered with a dual-clutch automatic which is preferable to the Nissan’s noisy CVT, making it better for auto buyers.
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3. Suzuki Vitara
The Suzuki Vitara is a funky looking SUV and its £13,999 price undercuts the Qashqai by quite a margin. Step inside and you’ll see why – build quality is faultless but the perceived quality of plastics can’t compete with the Nissan. If you can put up with the cheaper feel, however, the standard kit list includes cruise control and climate control.
On the move, the Vitara is a fun car to drive and, while it won’t be as comfortable as a Qashqai on longer hauls, its eager engines and limited body roll give it a feel of a much smaller, nippy hatchback. Fitted with the 1.6-litre diesel engine, a Vitara in two-wheel-drive guise is frugal too – a theoretical 76mpg is possible, while road tax is just £20 per year
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4. Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson is a great family vehicle thanks to its cavernous and durable interior. While looks are subjective, we reckon this is one of the best looking options in the conservative family SUV segment. The boot is just as family friendly with a whopping 513 litres of capacity – around 80 more than a Qashqai.
From behind the wheel, the Tucson is easy to drive considering its size and, while it can’t compete with the Nissan’s outstanding ride quality, all the engines are efficient and powerful enough to make the Tucson feel at home on the motorway. The torquey 2.0-litre diesel can muster over 50mpg, too.
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5. VW Tiguan
The new Volkswagen Tiguan will hit showrooms later this year and early indications suggest it’ll be one of the best small SUVs on the market. Under the bonnet will sit a range of powerful, frugal engines including a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol model – unusual for an SUV.
There’ll also be 615 litres of boot space, putting it among the best in class. The classy exterior looks are matched by an all-new cabin with Volkswagen’s latest infotainment system. It’s still not officially on sale, but we expect prices to be similar to the current model – around £22,000 – meaning a basic model will cost you around the same as a mid-range Qashqai.
6. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the only hybrid to make this list and, while its plug-in technology makes city driving extremely frugal, from the inside it feels just like the conventionally powered Outlander. Interior quality is respectable and there’s 463 litres of luggage space, too – impressive considering the boot shares space with the batteries.
It’ll run on electric-only power for 32 miles before needing the help of the petrol engine so, if you do lots of short journeys, you’ll be using next to no fuel at all. Thanks to the savings on offer through carwow, combined with the £5,000 Government grant, a PHEV could be yours for the price of a mid-range Qashqai.
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7. Skoda Yeti
The Skoda Yeti was one of the first compact SUVs on the market. Its build quality is as high as ever and the boxy shape makes it a practical choice. That said, the interior does feel a little dated compared to the Qashqai but that shouldn’t put you off – lots of passenger space and its 416 litre boot makes it remains a cheap, practical alternative.
The Yeti is a comfortable place to be once you get under way – ride quality is impressive and it feels quiet and composed on the motorway. Although they’re all frugal, some engines make a better choice than others – the 2.0-litre diesel offers the best mixture of power and economy. Its torquey nature ensures it never feels underpowered and you can expect around 55mpg, too.
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8. Ford Kuga
The Ford Kuga offers an excellent blend of driving fun and SUV practicality. Although it suffers from some body roll, the Kuga’s handling is composed and it’ll be even more so if you pick a four-wheel drive model. The cabin is spacious and comfortable, although the dashboard’s layout may take some getting used to.
The 1.5-litre petrol engine is relatively frugal and opting for the most powerful 180hp version means you get an automatic gearbox. The 2.0-litre diesel will be the go-to choice for most though and, while it’ll return over 60mpg, you’ll be paying a hefty £130 of tax per year.
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9. Ssangyong Tivoli
The Ssangyong Tivoli is the Korean manufacturer’s attempt to break into this crowded compact SUV market and, at £13,000, it’s the cheapest car on this list. Being the new kid on the block means it isn’t that popular yet, but that shouldn’t put you off – there’s lots of interior space and overall quality is by far the best Ssangyong has offered to date.
It can’t compete with the refinement some alternatives offer, but it’s hard to argue considering the Tivoli undercuts them significantly on price. The 1.6-litre petrol engine is more than acceptable, although it can feel a little underpowered on longer trips. Opt for the diesel and you’ll get more torque while using less fuel – a claimed 65mpg is possible.
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10. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is an SUV with handsome looks and a huge boot, but it’s often overlooked because of its steep £22,000 list price. However, opting for a mid-range Qashqai trim with a few options will set you back about the same price. This balances out even more when you consider that even basic CR-Vs are well equipped with climate control, cruise control and an infotainment system.
Reliability and quality are top priorities for Honda so you’ll enjoy hassle-free motoring for years. While the 2.0-litre petrol takes refinement to another level, the 1.6-litre diesel is the more frugal option – the least powerful version claims to average in excess of 70mpg, while the annual tax bill of £30 will help keep costs down, too.
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