Review: Nissan Qashqai (2007 – 2014)

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Very comfortable front seats with good ride. Feels well built. Strong Renault sourced dCi diesels. Elevated driving position and good visibility.

Rear seats not as spacious as you'd expect. Can be crashy over potholes on larger wheels. 2.0 diesel particulate filter problems. Some quality problems. Unacceptably high failure rate of CVT transmissions.

Nissan Qashqai (2007 – 2014): At A Glance

Designed to blend the agility and comfort of a hatchback with the strength and practicality of an SUV the Qashqai is Nissan’s alternative to the standard five-door hatchback. Plenty of people have certainly been won over by the formula. Modern, chunky and well proportioned it's actually not much taller than standard hatchbacks like the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf.

It certainly looks like a crossover and the shoulder line and kicked-up rear windows ape the larger Nissan Murano. The interior isn't quite as memorable - instead Nissan has opted for a simple layout which looks a little dull compared to something like a Honda Civic. However quality is a strong point as is the finish.

There are a good choice of engines too including the impressive dCi diesels which are strong but still offer good economy - the 1.5 dCi averaging a claimed 54.3mpg, although there are no dedicated low emissions models as you get with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion.

The Qashqai was facelifted in 2010 with a revised front end, new headlights plus a revamped interior . The changes are subtle but make it look sharper and more modern plus there's now a Pure Drive model which emits 129g/km - better than before but still nowhere near as good as many special low emissions hatchbacks.

The Qashqai is also a very British car. It's one of several models built at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, alongside the Juke, Note and forthcoming Leaf. The firm became the first Japanese manufacturer to set up a plant in Europe when it opened the factory in 1986 and it now produces more than 300,000 cars a year. A real success story for the UK.

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List Price from £20,200
Buy new from £14,974
Contract hire from £169.56 per month

Nissan Qashqai (2007 – 2014): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4315–4330 mm
Width 1780 mm
Height 1615 mm
Wheelbase 2630 mm

Full specifications

The Nissan's interior is logically laid out - if a little plain - and the build quality is top-notch, with soft-touch plastics and well-damped switchgear. There is plenty of storage too, with a large glovebox and decent door pockets while even the entry-level Visia model gets a multifunction steering wheel as standard.

In the back there’s a decent amount of legroom although the roofline slopes down towards the tailgate. Headspace is still acceptable, but you do feel slightly hemmed in compared to a conventional hatchback like the Ford Focus - the biggest problem is that the thick C-pillars and small rear screen restrict rear visibility. The transmission tunnel also hampers space if you’re sitting in the middle seat. 

It’s a shame that Nissan hasn’t done anything clever with the rear seats. They feature a standard 60/40 split but while the backs fold down the bases don’t flip forward so it’s impossible to create a flat load floor. But despite the Qashqai's height, the boot isn’t that easy to access. The tailgate doesn’t open high enough while the 410-litre capacity can’t match many hatchbacks. That said the load area is the wide and fairly long.

The elevated driving position is certainly reminiscent of an SUV and means forward visibility is excellent but the seats do lack support. However, the driver's seat has an impressive range of adjustment and its height alone can be raised by as much as six inches. The steering wheel is height and reach adjustable and however you set it does not obscure the instruments. 

Facelifted models from 2010 have additional storage, with a new cubby at the base of the central cluster which is ideal for a mobile phone or iPod. Additionally on the two-wheel drive versions (where the ALL-MODE selector isn't fitted), there is a new space for parking tickets, keys etc, located between the seats just behind the gear lever.

Standard equipment (following 2011 revisions):

Visia gets ESP which is now also standard on all models plus Bluetooth, electric power steering, amber ambient interior lighting, a 60/40 folding rear bench, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, height adjustable driver's seat, front armrest, all-round electric power windows, air conditioning, a drive computer, a CD stereo and aux socket for MP3 players, 16-inch alloy wheels and black door handles and mirrors.

Acenta models havea driver's seat with lumbar support, a leather-covered steering wheel, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, parking sensors, electrically folding door mirrors, fully automatic dual zone climate control system, an in-dash six-disc autochanger, 17-inch alloy wheels and cabin trim in Graphite with technical foil highlights.

n-tec builds on the Acenta with Nissan Connect, an all-new integrated audio, navigation and communication package. It gives full connectivity with external audio players and mobile phones and incorporates satellite navigation and a reversing camera. There are also 18-inch alloys with a black and silver finish, a panoramic glass roof, rear privacy glass, satin silver roof rails, satin silver door handles and aluminum pedals. There is also a Chrome Pack option which features chrome door handles, chrome fog lamp surrounds and chrome side strips on the exterior and door and tailgate entry guards and carpet mats inside.

Tekna models also get the Nissan Connect system plus xenon headlights, a Bose speaker system,Intelligent Key where the car can be locked or unlocked and the engine started without the key having to leave a pocket or handbag.

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What's the Nissan Qashqai (2007 – 2014) like to drive?

The Qashqai has a fairly straightforward engine line-up. There are two petrols - a 1.6-litre and a 2.0-litre both of which are chain can units while the diesel range is made up of a 1.5 dCi (belt cam) and a 2.0 dCi. The 1.6 has a five-speed manual box, while all the others come with six-speed manuals. A torque converter CVT is optional with the 2.0 litre petrol engine and a new six-speed automatic comes with the 2.0 dCi.

And while it looks like an SUV nearly all Qashqai's are two-wheel drive - only the top 2.0 dCi engine is available with 4x4. But it's the smaller 1.5 dCi that makes the most sense in the Qashqai. It's a refined engine that seldom feels sluggish and its lack of torque is only noticeable when pushed hard. Out on the open road though the free-revving engine rarely needs to be worked hard and the smooth but responsive power delivery means it’s good for nipping through traffic.

With the tall suspension required to give it it’s high stance you’d be forgiven for thinking the Nissan would struggle through corners but in fact it handles surprisingly well. True the steering does lack a little feel, but it’s direct and turns in precisely. The bodyshell is stiff and the well controlled suspension means that body roll is kept in check. Ride quality is also good thanks to cosseting dampers and it makes a smooth and quiet motorway companion.

The 2.0-litre petrol engine produces 140PS and with decent torque, it's nippy from a standstill. It's very smooth and refined too, although never feels fast. Opt for the CVT automatic gearbox and this is accentuated – the almost continuous acceleration takes some getting used too and in kickdown the engine sounds strained. Pushing it also sees fuel consumption rapidly rise. But once you get used to the characteristics of the CVT and leave it to change ratios itself, it's more pleasant to drive than the manual . The CVT is actually more efficient than the manual at getting the power down and CO2 is down very slightly at 210g/km.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.5 dCi 54 mpg 12.4 s 129 g/km
1.5 dCi PureDrive 58 mpg 12.7 s 130 g/km
1.6 46 mpg 11.9 s 144 g/km
1.6 CVT 44 mpg 13.0 s 149 g/km
1.6 dCi 63 mpg 10.3 s 119 g/km
1.6 dCi 4WD 55 mpg 10.9 s 135 g/km
1.6 Stop/Start 48 mpg 11.9 s 139 g/km
2.0 36 mpg 10.1 s 177–184 g/km
2.0 4WD 34–35 mpg 10.6–11.3 s 189–199 g/km
2.0 Automatic 37 mpg 10.7 s 179 g/km
2.0 CVT 37 mpg 10.7 s 172–179 g/km
2.0 CVT 4WD 35 mpg 11.3 s 189 g/km
2.0 dCi 48 mpg 9.5 s 155 g/km
2.0 dCi 4WD 41–47 mpg 9.9–10.9 s 159–184 g/km
2.0 dCi 4WD Automatic 40 mpg 11.0 s 179 g/km

Real MPG average for a Nissan Qashqai (2007 – 2014)

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Our Nissan Qashqai hesitates and judders when accelerating - is this an issue with the auto box?

My wife has a 2013 Nissan Qashqai auto with just under 20,000 miles on the clock. When pulling away and accelerating, there is no problem - but when moving slowly and accelerating, the car judders, hesitates and makes low rumbling noises. Would a change of oil and filters in the gearbox cure this or could it be something more serious?
This model of Qashqai has been plagued with gearbox problems over the years and this reads like an issue with the transmission. I would recommend getting the gearbox checked by an independent Nissan specialist. For the full list of reported problems with this model, see:
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