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Nissan Qashqai review

The Nissan Qashqai has been treated to an extensive refresh, and now looks smarter than ever. It’s even more practical too, although its boot still isn’t as big as some other SUVs

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Is the Nissan Qashqai a good car?

Think of the Nissan Qashqai as the automotive equivalent of The Beatles. It’s by no means the first SUV-shaped car to come along, but by combining a compact exterior with good practicality and a raised driving position, the British-built Nissan won itself a huge legion of fans. Alternatives such as the Volkswagen Tiguan and Ford Kuga were quick to follow, too.

This new one should continue that success. For starters, it looks pretty great; its prominent V-shaped grille is larger and more eye-catching than ever before, and those sharp new LED headlights are hard to miss.

From the side you’ll notice a series of strong, smart creases in the bodywork; a black contrasting roof; and a set of snazzy 20in alloys (at least on higher-spec models). The rear of the car hasn’t changed much at all, but that’s no bad thing.

The interior isn’t too shabby either. Earlier versions of the Qashqai never had the flashiest cabins in the world, particularly next to the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan and Peugeot 3008.

This new one improves on that, thanks in large part to an abundance of rich-feeling leather upholstery and smart contrasting finishes. A 12-inch digital instrument binnacle and a 9-inch infotainment suite up the car’s tech appeal, too. Sure, a Peugeot 3008 is still a nicer place to sit, but the Qashqai isn’t quite as bland as it used to be.

The new Qashqai looks great from the outside, and has loads of passenger space in the cabin. It's not quite as dull in here as it used to be, either.

Mat Watson
Mat Watson
carwow expert

Meanwhile, the front seats are comfortable and feature a massage function on range-topping models. There’s plenty of passenger space in the back row, and because the rear doors open to nearly 90-degrees, getting in and out is super easy. The boot is considerably larger than it was before, but still not quite as large as in some other family SUVs.

On the engine front, you’ve got a choice of two petrol engines with either 138hp or 156hp. A six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive is the standard set-up, but if you want an automatic you’ll have to go for the 156hp model. This car can also be had with four-wheel drive. There’s no diesel model this time around, but a 187hp hybrid SUV version will be made available.

Nissan has always been pretty hot on safety features, and this new Qashqai is no different. The automatic versions feature ProPilot with Navi-link, which helps to reduce fatigue by automatically slowing down or speeding up when you’re cruising on the motorway. Think of it as fancier adaptive cruise control. Autonomous emergency braking and flank protection – which help you to avoid collisions, and will come in handy when parking at the supermarket – are also included.

Prices for the limited-run Premiere Edition launch special will start at £29,270 when it arrives in the summer, and more affordable versions will likely be available soon after.

We’ve not yet driven the new Qashqai, but we’ll let you know if it hits the same high notes as its predecessors as soon as we do. In the meantime, you can watch Mat’s video walk-around review below.

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How practical is it?

There’s plenty of passenger space in the new Qashqai, but its boot could be larger

Boot (seats up)
436 - 479 litres
Boot (seats down)
1,368 - 1,598 litres

You definitely won’t feel short-changed if you find yourself sat in the back of the new Qashqai.

There’s ever so slightly more space between the front and rear wheels than there was on the old one, which means Nissan has freed up a bit of extra space for your knees.

The Premiere Edition car gets a glass roof too, and occasionally these can eat into rear headspace. Not so in the Qashqai – there’s still plenty of space for your noggin even with the see-through roof. Lower-spec models that go without should have even more, too.

We haven’t properly tested just how spacious the new Qashqai’s interior storage cubbies are just yet, but we expect good things. The front door bins look usefully large, while there are two usefully-sized cupholders just ahead of the central armrest.

Lifting the lid on that central armrest should reveal yet another storage cubby, and there’s a handy tray just ahead of the gear selector that should be perfect for holding wallets, keys and phones while you’re on the move.

The previous Qashqai didn’t have the largest boot in the world, so it’s good to see that Nissan has addressed this with the new model. It now has a 504-litre boot, which is 74 litres more than what you got on the old one.

Alternatives such as the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Karoq have even bigger boots, but that additional space will still come in handy if you’ve got a stroller or a few sets of golf clubs to load up. The same goes for the new automatic tailgate, which opens the boot at the press of a button.

What's it like inside?

The new Qashqai is nicely finished and an improvement on its predecessor, but still lacks a bit of visual wow-factor

Nissan Qashqai colours

Metallic - Black metallic
Free
Metallic - Ceramic grey
Free
Solid - Flame red
Free
Pearl - Ceramic grey
From £170
Pearl - Ink blue
From £170
Pearl - Pearl white
From £170
Special solid - Arctic white
From £250
Two tone metallic - Black/grey roof
From £400
Two tone pearl - Ceramic grey/pearl black roof
From £570
Two tone pearl - Magnetic blue/pearl black roof
From £570
Two tone pearl - Pearl white/pearl black roof
From £570
Metallic - Blade Silver
From £575
Metallic - Gun metallic
From £575
Metallic - Ink blue
From £575
Metallic - Pearl black
From £575
Special metallic - Burgundy
From £745
Special metallic - Fuji sunset red
From £745
Special metallic - Magnetic blue
From £745
Two tone pearl - Fuji sunset red/pearl black roof
From £1,145
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