Nissan Launches New Qashqai - Here's What You Need To Know

What am I looking at?

This is Nissan's new Qashqai - successor to the already incredibly successful Qashqai in the swollen crossover sector.

What's new?


That's not wholly true - some of the engine range comprisesexisting Renault-Nissan units already found not only in the Qashqai but elsewhere in both ranges - but otherwise this is an entirely new car for 2014.

What powers it?

There's a range of small capacity petrol and diesel engines available for the launch cars. The petrol engines use Nissan's direct injection DiG-T technology and come as either a 115hp 1.2 litre or a 150hp 1.6 litre, both offering around 50mpg combined.

Diesel cars use the most recent iterations of Renault dCi engines and come as either a 110hp 1.5 litre or a 130hp 1.6 litre. While the more powerful 1.6 returns a pretty creditable 64.2mpg in manual cars (61.4mpg in the automatic), the 1.5 headlines with a pretty impressive 74.3mpg.

Anything else?

Nissan hasbeen hard at work refining just about every aspect of the previous Qashqai, so while this new one is pretty unmistakeably still a Nissan Qashqai, it's a bit more in every department.

Alongside the external and internal reworking, Qashqai buyers get a suite of electronic assists that Nissan say are part of its vision for a future where no accidents occur - it's even planning autonomous vehicles that are commercially viable by 2020. The assists include front collision avoidance, high beam assist, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, moving object detection and driver attention support - so if blinking amber warning lights are your thing, the Qashqai will suit you down to the ground.

How much will it cost me?

It's early days in the cycle yet - the new Qashqai won't be on sale until February 2014 - so prices and trims aren't yet on the board. However, you can reasonably expect the new Qashqai to step in where the outgoing model leaves off and that means entry level prices in the region of 17,000, topping out above 25,000 for the top spec 4WD versions.

Any alternatives?

And how! The crossover market is incredibly densely packed, with every major manufacturer offering something of similar heft for similar money. Nissan enjoys a position in and around the best models in the class already with the current Qashqai, but there's serious competition from the Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai ix35, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Kia Sportage.

Though perhaps not as well rated, the Ford Kuga and Toyota RAV-4 are certainly competitors and for the more expensive models buyers may want to look at more the prestige and chic MINI Countryman and perhaps even the BMW X3.

In a line?

A tricky second act in an even trickier market - but it's the sector leader for a reason.

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