Nissan Qashqai Review

Gumtree Rating

4.0 rating

First launched in 2007, the Nissan Qashqai took UK roads by storm thanks to its incredible practicality and even better price-point. While it wasn’t the original crossover, the car was definitely the trailblazer in the compact SUV segment. It ran nearly competition-free until the SEAT Ateca, Mazda CX-5 and Peugeot 3008 made entry. With a good view from the bonnet, looks that slay and affordable running costs, the Qashqai fires on all cylinders – no wonder it features among the top in sales charts. In case you were wondering, the name comes from a nomadic central Asian tribe who tread the highland pastures of Shiraz and the warmer winter lands of the Persian Gulf.

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What we think about the Nissan Qashqai

A well-equipped car that offers a comfortable ride, the Nissan Qashqai is a common sighting on British roads for a very good reason.



Spacious and practical


Sharp looks


Great value for money


Tech may seem dated

Smaller boot compared to rivals

The 2014 second-generation Qashqai has stayed true to its comfort-oriented design, while constant updates have kept things fresh. The latest 2017 facelift brought notably sharper detailing and better interiors. From base-level trim to the range-topping Tekna+ with sports-pack, every Qashqai is well equipped – no one’s getting a raw deal here.

Driving performance of the Nissan Qashqai

Our Driving Rating7 / 10

With an elevated driving position, the Qashqai’s biggest advantage in the family SUV segment is that is has a well-balanced feel with comfortable seat-placement behind the wheel. With noise-reducing interiors, the drive is pleasant and poised. In terms of handling, the crossover does feel a bit sportier compared the rivals, but it does offer some decent control and grip, unlike some others in the segment. Used car buyers will want to keep a lookout for worn-out shock absorbers on the Mk1 generation, but all-in-all the suspension is taut enough to maintain a comfy ride for long journeys out into the country.

Safety and reliability of the Nissan Qashqai

Our Safety Rating8 / 10

For starters, the first-generation received a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, with flying colours in both the adult and child occupant categories. Coming as standard, the Around View Monitor uses external cameras that give a 360-degree view of the car to help with parking manoeuvres. Safety features in the higher Connecta trim include a blind-spot warning, which detects other vehicles located to the driver’s side and rear. This Japanese car is definitely solidly built and is a reliable machine overall.

Under the bonnet of the Nissan Qashqai

Our Engine Rating7 / 10

Engines on the Qashqai have ranged from 1.2-litre to 2.0-litre, with power outputs of 105 bhp to 148 bhp. In the latest iteration, the old 1.2 and 1.6 turbos were replaced by a pair of 1.3-litre, four-cylinder turbos. The most popular choice in the UK market has been the nippy 1.3-litre petrol engine. All engines are turbocharged, meaning no variant will give you any hassle when you need to overtake on the motorways. Of the diesel engines, the frugal 1.5-litre is an efficient choice – it’ll prove pleasantly economical for any long trips on winding roads.

What you'll find in the Nissan Qashqai

Our Design Rating7 / 10

On the design front, Nissan has taken extra care to make sure that the Qashqai goes toe to toe with its rivals. A 2010 facelift gave the car LED tail-lights, while the second-generation 2014 release got a complete makeover with a more modern appeal. A sharp bonnet and distinctive LED running lights are the cornerstone of its classy look – something that remains eye-catching to this day. Full LED tech and 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels are available on the newer, fully loaded trims and jazz things up further.

Comfort and interiors in the Nissan Qashqai

Our Comfort Rating7 / 10

The Qashqai has always scored reasonably well on comfort and is a practical purchase for a family of five. The Qashqai’s +2 model has been replaced by the Mk3 X-trail, but this version can still easily accommodate passengers. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and Nappa leather trims on the Tekna variant give that little extra bit of cosiness (so the kids can get some shut-eye in the back). The dash is well placed, and you’ll find yourself comfortable on long journeys thanks to the good riding position and the electric sunroof on the higher trims. A 430-litre boot means you won’t be shy about packing up and making a quick getaway abroad.

Blue Nissan Qashqai interior

What features you'll find in the Nissan Qashqai

Our Features Rating7 / 10

In the second generation, entry-level trims are well-equipped, with features including air conditioning with pollen filter, cruise control, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity. The range-topper Tekna+ gets an eight-speaker Bose sound system, leather trims and electrically adjustable front seats, apart from the Sports Pack. The 2017 facelift really amped up the feel of the interiors with better quality materials. If you’ve got a particular flavour for tech, we suggest going with the Acenta Premium trim and enjoying its suite of gear, including dual-zone climate control and an infotainment system equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

What fuel efficiency to expect from the Nissan Qashqai

Our Fuel Consumption Rating7 / 10

Low fuel consumption on all models makes the Nissan Qashqai particularly attractive. The frugal 1.5 dCi engine claims a class-topping 74.3 mpg. You can expect about 39.2-41.5 mpg in equivalent petrol variants. If you are looking for a bit more power behind the wheel, go with the 1.7 dCi with the Tekna+ sports pack, which still manages 54 mpg. The range-toppers give you around 40 mpg. Almost all variants since 2011 come equipped with start-stop technology to improve fuel-efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Green-minded buyers should also note that the Qashqai is made right here in the UK at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, which reduces shipping emissions.

Running costs of the Nissan Qashqai

Our Cost Rating7 / 10

The Qashqai will hold your tax bills down thanks to the frugality and the low CO2 emissions. Running cost champ, the 1.5 dCi diesel performs very well with emissions at 100 g/km. If you’re looking to cover fewer miles, the 1.3-litre DIG-T petrol model available in manual should be your go-to choice. It is interesting to note that models with the Smart Vision Pack perform well on the insurance front, as it reduces the chance of low-speed collision. Overall, the Qashqai falls between the 17 and 20 groups, making for a competitive choice in the family SUV segment.

Our verdict of the Nissan Qashqai

4.0 rating

4 / 5 Gumtree rating

A practical car with punchy looks that offers a comfortable ride, the all-day everyday car doesn't disappoint even after years of rough family use.