Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Advanced drive assist display 5'' TFT coloured screen
  • Bluetooth phone integration system
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Electric speed sensitive power steering
  • Front parking sensors
  • Intelligent around view monitor
  • Intelligent parking assist
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Nissan connect evo 7" touchscreen navigation and entertainment system
  • Outside temperature sensor
  • Push button starter
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Selectable steering
  • Service interval indicator
  • Smartphone integration
  • Stop/start system
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • Aux-in socket
  • Bose premium 8 speaker system
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Radio/CD
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB port

Exterior Features

  • Anti dazzle rear view mirror
  • Auto wipers
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Chrome window surround
  • Daytime running lights dip function when turn signal applied
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated door mirrors
  • High beam assist
  • Intelligent auto headlights
  • LED indicators in door mirrors
  • Matt silver roof rails
  • One touch illuminated electric window controls
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Privacy glass
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Silver door mirrors
  • Underbody vortex generators

Interior Features

  • 2 front 12v sockets
  • 3 height adjustable rear headrests
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Boot light
  • Centre console storage box/armrest
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Configurable luggage board system
  • Dark headlining
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Electric 4-way lumbar support for drivers seat
  • Electric adjust driver's seat
  • Electrically adjustable passenger seat
  • Front and rear door pockets with bottle holders
  • Front and rear seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters
  • Front headrests
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Individual rear seat reading lights
  • Isofix on outer rear seats
  • Leather D shaped steering wheel
  • Leather gear lever
  • Leather knee pad
  • Manual lumbar support on passenger seat
  • Map reading lamp
  • Memory for drivers seat/door mirrors
  • Monoform front seats with plastic backboard
  • One touch electric shade
  • Parcel shelf stow function under luggage board
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Rear headrests
  • Synthetic leather wrapped door handle with contrasting stitching
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel

Packs

  • Heat pack - Qashqai
  • LED pack - Qashqai
  • Safety shield plus pack - Qashqai

Safety

  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
  • ABS, ESP, EBD and brake assist
  • Auto hold function
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front and rear seat belt warning
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti-theft immobiliser
  • Intelligent Key
  • Remote central locking
  • Thatcham Cat.1 alarm

Technical

  • Nissan chassis control (intelligent ride control, intelligent trace control, intelligent engine brake)

Trim

  • Carbon graphite dash trim

Wheels

  • Tyre puncture repair kit

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

130

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1332

Compression Ratio

10.5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

72.2

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

81.4

Engine Code

HR13

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

49.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

57

EC Urban (mpg)

40.2

General

Badge Engine CC

1.3

Badge Power

160

Based On ID

Coin Description

DiG-T 160

Coin Series

Tekna+

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

20E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

88

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

83

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

69

NCAP Safety Assist %

79

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

18000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

180000

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8.9

Engine Power - BHP

160

Engine Power - KW

118

Engine Power - RPM

5500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

192

Engine Torque - MKG

26.5

Engine Torque - NM

260

Engine Torque - RPM

1600

Top Speed

124

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/45 R19

Tyre Size Rear

225/45 R19

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1590

Height (including roof rails)

1625

Length

4394

Wheelbase

2646

Width

1815

Width (including mirrors)

2070

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

55

Gross Vehicle Weight

1870

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1569

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

401

Max. Loading Weight

570

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1500

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

687

Minimum Kerbweight

1300

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.7

On The Road

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Summary

We think Nissan has judged this one perfectly. Time and again the company has been correct in predicting customer demand and having a product right there. That's not about to change. It's worth noting that of all the Qashqai variants that are being offered to the UK public, only two feature all-wheel drive. This is a car that no longer purports to be anything remotely off-road at all. Instead, it's a model that plugs in to what buyers want, offering lifestyle looks, cutting-edge technology and an efficient ownership proposition. Even in these hard times, Nissan realises that a new car purchase needs to come with a dose of feel-good factor - perhaps now more than ever in fact. Given that reality, this Qashqai looks set to cash in.

Background

Some automotive success stories are easy to predict. We all knew that the Audi R8 was a winner as soon as we drove it. Likewise, the Fiat 500 couldn't possibly fail once it made it to the showrooms virtually unchanged from the fantastic Trepiuno show car. But the Nissan Qashqai? That this unprepossessing vehicle should rack up some huge sales came right out of left field. Its predecessor, the Almera, could have been a synonym for mediocrity. Nissan played a really smart move though. They tore up the established supermini/family hatch/family saloon rulebook and started flooding the market with crossovers and SUVs. Some, like the Murano and the Pathfinder, never gelled with the public. Others, such as the X-Trail and the Juke, hit the targets. Then there was the Qashqai, which in 2007 found itself challenging the biggest-selling hatchbacks in the sales charts. A second generation version was launched in 2013 and this car has since been tweaked and upgraded to keep it competitive against an army of mid-sized Crossover rivals. It's these updates that we're going to consider here.

Driving Experience

On the face of things, not much has changed in terms of drive dynamics, though Nissan insists that under the skin, modifications to the suspension, damping and steering systems have resulted in a more refined on-the-road experience, plus refinement's better too. As before, buyers can choose between front and four-wheel drive versions. The front-wheel drive cars get a cheaper torsion beam rear suspension set-up, while those with All-Mode 4x4 get a more sophisticated independent rear suspension. The calibration has been performed in Europe to suit European tastes. Whether you choose front or rear wheel drive, the Qashqai benefits from Active Trace Control which monitors the behaviour and trajectory of the car, and applies subtle braking to deliver a function similar to a Limited Slip Differential, providing the best traction and the least understeer. There's also a dual mode steering system which changes the weighting of the electrically-assisted rack when you select the Sport setting. As ever, buyers get the choice of two downsized petrol engines and two turbodiesels. The petrol units comprise an 115 PS 1.2-litre DIG-T powerplant that drives through a six-speed manual box or a 1.6-litre 163PS DIG-T engine. Most customers will doubtless be drawn to the diesels and here, there's a choice between a 1.5-litre dCi co-developed with Renault, good for 110PS, and benefiting from a revision of the engine's internals to improve refinement. Or the 130PS 1.6-litre dCi unit that is offered in either two or four-wheel drive guises. This engine is also sold with the Xtronic transmission, a stepped CVT gearbox.

Design and Build

As part of this model's mid-term package of upgrades, it gets a smarter look featuring a completely revised front end, including the latest Nissan 'V-motion' grille. The headlamps have also been revised with a new version of the 'boomerang' Daytime Running Light signature. At the rear, the car's instantly recognisable 'boomerang' light motif is extended across the whole lamp, and now includes a contemporary 3D lens effect to enhance the signature shape. There are changes in the cabin too, where an improved layout, higher-quality materials and more advanced technology feature. The 'NissanConnect' infotainment system features a smarter user interface and also new is a D-shaped multi-function steering wheel with premium satin-chrome inserts. It features a new four-way controller for the combimeter display, for more intuitive use and less 'eyes off the road' time. The new range-topping Tekna+ grade includes new seats trimmed in high-quality soft nappa leather and a new option for music fans is a BOSE seven-speaker premium sound system. Practicality is as good as ever, with reasonable space in the back and decent headroom thanks to a relatively low seat height in the back. Boot space is 430-litres and load space flexibility is enhanced by a dual-floor system designed to provide a flexible and versatile load space.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £19,000 and stretch to almost £30,000 for the range-topping all-wheel drive version. Upon closer inspection of this improved Qashqai, most would agree that this is a reasonable ask given the higher quality finish. The trim walk-up shouldn't spark too many surprises either, starting with Visia grade and finishing with a new, plusher Tekna+ variant at the top of the range. Even the entry-level model gets a decent bash at the equipment list, being furnished with cruise control, a stereo with USB and Bluetooth, heated body-coloured mirrors, air conditioning, stop/start and hill start assist. It also gets the usual safety features like ESP stability control, ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and front, side and curtain airbags. Safety-wise, there's an 'Intelligent Emergency Braking' system that features Pedestrian Recognition, plus 'Rear Cross Traffic Alert', to mitigate the risk of low-speed impacts when reversing out of a parking space, is now available on Qashqai for the first time. The car continues to be offered with Traffic Sign Recognition, Driver Attention Alert, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning. And buyers will now be offered the option of 'ProPILOT' autonomous drive capability. Controlling the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways, this will provide consumers with more control of their vehicle and a more confident drive, plus greater freedom when they want it, whether during heavy traffic congestion or high-speed cruising.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol engine manages 129g/km and 50.4mpg while the more powerful 1.6-litre DIG-T petrol unit also records 50.4mpg with emissions rated at 132g/km. The 1.5-litre dCi diesel is the engine to choose if you feel that fuel station pasties and chocolate bars are sabotaging your fitness regime. This gets 74.3 miles per gallon - and the 1.6-litre diesel isn't that much worse. Here you get 119g/km and 61.4mpg if you go for a manual front-wheel drive version, with an equivalent four-wheel drive car registering 129g/km and 57.6mpg. As well as fitting stop/start systems, reducing engine frictional losses, optimising gear ratios and reducing weight where possible, Nissan has also devoted a great deal of attention to the Qashqai's aerodynamics. With a drag co-efficient of 0.32, it cleaves the air very well for a relatively high vehicle. From the elements on show such as the roof spoiler with winglets, to those hidden away like the flat floor design, there's some clever thinking at work here. Another innovation is the Active Grille Shutter system. This closes off airflow through the radiator when not needed. The grille shutter automatically shuts at speeds over 20mph and only opens if sensors detect that the engine needs cooling.