Nissan Qashqai information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the hugely popular faux-by-four. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Qashqai car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
The Nissan Qashqai is a runaway success story. One of the original genre-confused crossovers, it looks like a 4x4 and offers a similarly lofty driving position but is as easy to drive and cheap to run as a hatchback. The all-new second-generation Qashqai arrived in 2014. For more information on the Nissan Qashqai range, click on our further stories on the links below.
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Plenty of pressure on Qashqai Mk2 to match the original’s success, which was still selling like the hottest of cakes even in its final year of production. Nissan’s navigated the difficult second album well enough, however. Qashqai II offers a far more appealing interior than the hospital-spec plastics of the original, the engines are cleaner and the boot’s bigger and cleverer, with a higher-lifting tailgate and the floor broken up into two sections that be used as dividers to keep your shopping unspilled. Although the old car’s multi-link rear suspension has been ditched for a torsion beam (unless you pick a 4wd version), double-piston dampers help keep body control tidy on undulating roads. It’s slightly less fun to drive than the old one, but that’s by the by. Nissan’s played it safe with Qashqai II and made a car that’s less leftfield than the original but easier to live with in every way. No wonder the Sunderland production line is set up to finish a new Qashqai every 62 seconds.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
The 1.2 petrol is a good choice for urban driving, but can be hard work on more open roads
Rivals to consider
Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Skoda Yeti
Improved quality, refinement, CO2, practicality
Not quite as daring and different as the original