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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Should I buy a high-mileage Nissan Qashqai?
"I'm thinking of buying a 2010 Nissan Qashqai 2.0 TDI diesel. It has 275,000 kilometres (171,000 miles) on the clock. Everything looks fine and the seller wants €7190 for the car, as I live in Romania. Would this be a good car to buy? "
Being based in the UK I can't really comment on car prices in Romania, but £6000 (latest conversion from euros to pounds) is an awful lot of money for a 11-year-old Qashqai. And the mileage is extremely high.
If you are expecting this car to give you many years of trouble-free motoring then I think you will be disappointed. The car and all of its major moving parts will be heavily worn and it's approaching the end of its mechanical life. This means it'll be a case of when and not if something major (and expensive) goes wrong.
Nissan Qashqai key stuck in ignition - how can I remove it?
"I have a Nissan Qashqai (2012 model). The car key is well and truly stuck in the ignition. Can I still lock the car with the key in the ignition? Any advice on how I can free it?"
It's a fairly common issue, unfortunately. Try wiggling the key up and down while pulling it. If this doesn't work, you'll need to remove the ignition barrel and strip it down to release the key. An auto locksmith will be able to do this (and will cost less than a Nissan dealer). You should be able to lock the remaining doors with the spare key.
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: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/nissan/qashqai-2007/good
My 2010 Nissan Juke suffered the common gearbox fault - it's out of warranty, but is there anything I can do?
"My 2010 Nissan Juke developed a major gearbox problem (CVT) which would cost over £4000 to repair. The car is unsafe now, and I've since seen on the internet that this is not uncommon. I've been in contact with Nissan, who said it wasn't their problem because it's out of warranty. But, after commenting on social media, I was offered £300 vouchers. Is there any way of getting anything more than this? Nissan said the only recourse would be the Motoring Ombusman. Is there any point in contacting them or should I just suck it up?"
It's a 2010, so more than seven years old and outside any supplier or manufacturer Sale of Goods liability. I think that's what the Motor Ombudsman will tell you, but you might as well try. The failure is so common that we advise used buyers to avoid first generation Qashqai and Juke with CVT transmissions (the later xTronic is better): https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/nissan/juke-2010/?section=good /