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  • Launched in 2021
  • SUV
  • Petrol, Hybrid
  • Launch year
    2021
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Hybrid

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Andy Brady

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Revamped crossover better than ever

Best bits

  • Extremely versatile with big boot, fold-flat rear seats and wide rear door openings
  • Interior feels considerably posher than before
  • Innovative new hybrid model on its way

Not so great

  • Lethargic petrol engine
  • Firm ride on 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Most desirable models are expensive

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Overall verdict on the Nissan Qashqai

"The old Nissan Qashqai was way past its best yet its reputation for value for money and versatility meant it continued to sell in huge numbers. Fortunately, the third-generation model is by far the best Qashqai ever sold, putting it in good stead against hugely competitive rivals like the Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008."

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There's been a noticeable move upmarket with the new Qashqai, with an interior that could almost compete with more premium alternatives like the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40. Emphasis on 'almost', though – and we've only spent time in the top-spec Tekna+ model. This desirable derivative comes fully loaded with quilted leather massage seats, a Bose sound system and a smart nine-inch infotainment system. Oh, and a price tag of more than £34,000.


Fortunately, not all Qashqai trim levels are so pricey. The range kicks off with the £23,500 Visia model – a proper 'hire car spec' car if ever we saw one. The mid-range Acenta Premium has all the kit you'd need, though, including 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear-view camera and an eight-inch media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


Initially, the Qashqai will only be available with a 1.3-litre petrol engine. This has mild-hybrid tech but it's nothing to get excited about – the 12-volt system will do little more than provide a small power boost under acceleration and keep your lights on as you coast to a stop with the engine off. There are two power outputs available, while buyers get the choice of a manual or CVT automatic gearbox and two- or four-wheel drive.


For a truly innovative system you'll need to wait for the new e-Power unit. It's unusual, even by hybrid standards, as there's no direct link between the petrol engine and the wheels. Instead, it basically acts as a generator for the electric motor, providing all the benefits of electric vehicles with few of the drawbacks.


The Nissan Qashqai has never been a particularly sporty choice and that remains the case today. Rivals like the Mazda CX-30 and SEAT Ateca are more agile, while the Skoda Karoq is a more comfortable alternative. We’ve only tried the Qashqai with its 20-inch alloy wheels which, although they look smart, aren’t great for ride quality or refinement.


It’s practicality where the Qashqai shines the most. From the generous stowage areas to the rear seats that fold flat, doors that open incredibly wide and extensive list of standard safety equipment, there’s no doubt that this is a car designed with families in mind. We’d like to spend a bit more time with a more affordable model (on smaller wheels) before forming a true verdict, but the Qashqai finally offers the competition a true run for its money.

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Nissan Qashqai

1.3 DiG-T 160 [157] Acenta Premium 5dr DCT

  • 2020
  • 2,487 miles
  • Wessex Nissan Gloucester
  • Gloucestershire, GL12SQ
£495 off£21,995£22,490
PCP: £392.42/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £392.42, Customer Deposit: £3,299.00, Total Deposit: £3,299.25, Optional Final Payment: £9,832.00, Total Charge For Credit: £5,412.37, Total Amount Payable: £27,407.37, Representative APR: 12.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.25%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Nissan Qashqai

1.6 DiG-T Tekna [Non-Panoramic] 5dr

  • 2016
  • 30,000 miles
  • Caffyns Ashford
  • Kent, TN240HB
Price:£13,295
HP: £357.03/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £357.03, Customer Deposit: £1,994.00, Total Deposit: £1,994.25, Total Charge For Credit: £1,552.33, Total Amount Payable: £14,847.33, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 4.58%

Is the Nissan Qashqai right for you?

The Nissan Qashqai has long been a popular choice for family buyers, and it's now more versatile than ever. Its interior has been dragged up to date, with fresh technology and a posh finish that almost puts it in-line with much more expensive SUVs. As long as you don't care for sporty handling, the Nissan Qashqai is a very competitive mainstream family crossover.

What’s the best Nissan Qashqai model/engine to choose?

It might be worth waiting for the new e-Power hybrid but, for now, we'd recommend the 158PS mild-hybrid with the automatic gearbox. In terms of trim level, avoid basic Visia models, but resist the urge to pay top-whack for a high-spec Tekna or Tekna+ model. The N-Connecta provides a good compromise, while you might find a good deal on a pre-registered Premiere Edition model.

What other cars are similar to the Nissan Qashqai?

There are lots of excellent crossover SUV alternatives to the Nissan Qashqai. We rate the Skoda Karoq, SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan, while the Peugeot 3008 and Citroen C5 Aircross chuck some French style and sophistication into the mix. There's a new Kia Sportage on its way, while you should also consider the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

How much does a Nissan Qashqai cost?

A brand new Nissan Qashqai starts from £23,535 in Visia trim, rising to £34,175 in Tekna trim.

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What's the best Nissan Qashqai model to choose?

The higher-spec Qashqai models are the most popular, with N-Connecta, Tekna and Tekna+ models expected to account for around 80% of sales in the UK. The Nissan Qashqai N-Connecta is a good mix of affordability and desirable spec, with standard equiment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, the 12.3-inch digital cockpit, a nine-inch infotainment screen and Nissan's Around View Monitor 360-degree camera system.

Andy Brady

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Which Nissan Qashqai is the most efficient?

Initially, the new Nissan Qashqai is only available with an updated version of the old 1.3-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine. It's available in two power outputs (140PS or 158PS) along with manual or automatic transmissions, and two- or four-wheel drive. All return around 44.1mpg (depending on trim level). If you want a truly efficient Nissan Qashqai, wait for the clever new e-Power hybrid. This can't run on its petrol engine alone – instead, it acts as a generator for the electric motor which drives the front wheels.

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