Overview of the Nissan Qashqai
Engines and performance for the Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai range comes with a 1.3-litre mild-hybrid petrol unit with outputs ranging from 138 bhp or 158 bhp. While this may sound like a small engine to shift what is a large car, it performs really well. The power is delivered using a six-speed manual gearbox, or there's a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for the more powerful engine.
Nissan no longer offers diesel engines for the Qashqai and there's an all-wheel drive option, alongside the standard front-wheel drive. However, the e-Power mild hybrid system will join the range at some point to offer more power and electric-only driving.
Fuel consumption is around 45 mpg with emissions of 143g/km, though the economy does fall slightly with the Qashqai that is fitted with larger alloy wheels.
The extensive refresh still means the Nissan Qashqai is entertaining to drive, with a suspension that delivers comfort and grip. It's an ideal family SUV to drive around town, and it's no slouch on motorway journeys either.
Equipment and handling
The new Nissan Qashqai has retained all of the elements that made it a bestselling SUV with the running costs of a hatchback.
The exterior styling impresses, and it remains a good-looking car with an impressive interior.
Drivers will also like the ProPilot semi-autonomous technology which is a boon when driving in motorway traffic as the car takes care of the acceleration, braking and steering to keep everyone safe. It also helps prevent driver fatigue on long journeys.
With lots of grip, there's little in the way of body lean when cornering, and the suspension deals with twisting country roads really well.
The interior feels spacious, and the boot is a useful 430 litres in size.
Each trim level features lots of equipment and the Qashqai earned five stars from Euro NCAP when crash tested.
Safety equipment for the Qashqai lease includes electronic stability control, while the 'Smart Vision' pack offers automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind spot monitoring as well as traffic sign recognition.
The interior looks solid and refined with lots of high-tech kit available. Nissan offers an easy-to-use infotainment system, and the standard kit includes a stabilising system when cornering, 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control, a leather-trim steering wheel and smartphone compatibility.
Depending on the trim, the Qashqai also features a 360° camera system, roof rails, tinted rear windows and keyless entry and go.
The range-topper is the N-Motion and it offers larger alloy wheels, Nappa leather upholstery, a premium stereo system and LED signature headlights.