Nissan Qashqai (2014) Review

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Nissan Qashqai (2014) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Qashqai isn't the best crossover on the market by a long way, but it remains popular. Key to its success are efficient engines, the excellent level of equipment and the amazingly cheap finance deals

+Comfortable to drive with a robust interior, good engines, popularity means lots of choice on the used market.

-Many other crossovers do it better, dull to drive, harsh ride on larger wheels, lots of problems reported.

New prices start from £21,595, brokers can source from £19,838
Insurance Groups are between 13–20
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

The Nissan Qashqai is the nation’s favourite crossover. The original version spawned countless imitators, but the second-generation model picked up where the old Qashqai left off, cementing a prime position in a fiercely competitive segment. Launched in 2013, and facelifted in 2017, the Qashqai is certainly showing its age. Rivals such as the Renault Kadjar, Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008 are actually more appealing, but the Qashqai remains popular..

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The chances are somebody in your street owns a Nissan Qashqai. If not, somebody at work does. Maybe you’ve owned a Qashqai at some point. It’s the most popular crossover in the UK. As ubiquitous on the high street as a discarded Costa cup and vaping smoke from outside a pub.

Launched in 2013, the second-generation Qashqai takes all that was good about the old Qashqai and makes it better. The styling is even more SUV-like, there’s more space inside, it’s safer, more upmarket and even more efficient. No wonder it’s Britain’s number one.

Only it isn’t. Although the Qashqai still tops the sales chart, in most other respects it has been overtaken by its rivals. The platform-sharing Renault Kadjar is larger and more spacious, the Skoda Karoq offers better value for money, while the Seat Ateca is almost the perfect family SUV.

So why does the Nissan Qashqai hold such strong appeal? Partly because nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd, but also because Nissan has adopted a DFS-style approach to sales and marketing. Low monthly repayments, zero percent finance and low deposits put the Qashqai within reach of just about every car buyer.

In fairness, there’s more to it than that. Glance at the spec sheet for the mid-range N-Connect and N-Tec models and you’ll see an impressive list of equipment. Indeed, even the Acenta Premium model is well-equipped, while the range-topping Tekna and Tekna+ look and feel almost premium. The entry-level Visia is the only trim we wouldn’t recommend.

Then there are the engines. The 1.5 dCi diesel is one of the best all-rounders, offering a terrific blend of performance and economy. Meanwhile, the 1.3 TCe petrol engine is a great choice if you spend most of the time in the city, with economy to rival a diesel. There’s also a choice of transmissions and the option of four-wheel drive.

The driving experience is perfect for non-car people. That’s to say it has been configured to be safe, predictable and comfortable. In the town or on a motorway, the Qashqai never seems out of place. The ride suffers on 19-inch alloy wheels, but not to the extent that it becomes uncomfortable. Does it matter that the handling is vague and uninspiring? Of course it doesn’t.

Used prices have dropped below £7000, which makes this a terrific second-hand buy. There are some question marks over its long-term reliability, so we’d recommend buying a later version that’s still covered by the original three-year warranty.

It’s not the most exciting car in the world, and you won’t win any points for originality for buying a Qashqai, but tens of thousands of people can’t be wrong. Follow the crowd to see what all the fuss is about. Or go your own way. Whatever, you won’t be too far from a Nissan Qashqai.

Ask Honest John

Which diesel engine is best for the Nissan Qashqai - 1.5 or 1.6 dCi?
"I would like to buy a Nissan Qashqai. I'm looking ats 2018 cars with an automatic gearbox and diesel engine. Which engine should I choose, the 1.6 or the 1.5 dCi? "
I'd recommend the 1.5 dCi – it's smoother and quieter, while there's little to choose between the two in terms of real-world performance.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Is £19,000 for a used crossover a high asking price?
"I'm about to purchase a 2018 Nissan Qashqai from a Nissan dealership for £19,000. I feel this is a bit high as it has 28,000 miles on the clock. I've also read a few mixed reviews on this model and want to check that I'm getting value for money and not buying a problem car."
A Qashqai is a popular crossover SUV and it wouldn't be a bad purchase, although it's not without its issues: Values for all used cars are strong at the moment. This should give you an idea of whether the particular example you're looking at is overpriced: As an alternative, we'd recommend a Peugeot 3008 or Skoda Karoq.
Answered by Andrew Brady
My Emergency Brake Assist triggered for no reason. Should I have to pay £150 to have the issue investigated?
"My 2018 Nissan Qashqai (13,000 miles, out of warranty on 28 March 2021), recently set off the EBS warning light and warning chime when on a clear road with no obstructions near. The brake snatched momentarily but did not properly apply. My wife and I were alarmed, and the same thing happened about 20 minutes later on a different road on our return journey. It was a clear, dry, sunny day. On contacting our main dealer, we were given an appointment to have it examined by them - but at a charge of £150 an hour. When I requested that Nissan should foot the bill as this is a safety issue that was the subject of a recall last summer (my car went in to have it done), they referred me to Nissan HQ who tell me I have to pay and then they might consider making a contribution - but I must pay first. Calling at the dealership a few days later, I spoke to the Sales Manager and to the Service Desk Manager who both told me not to worry about it as all newer cars do this, and that theirs and most of their staff's cars do it all the time. I have now cancelled my investigation appointment and have written back to Nissan HQ again with this conflicting advice. So far, no reply. It hasn't happened since then (12 days ago). What do you suggest?"
This reads like a potential safety issue and it should be investigated by a qualified mechanic. If you pay the £150 dealer charge (and the problem is serious) then Nissan UK will probably contribute towards the cost of the overall repair. Or you could find an independent Nissan garage to do the inspection at a cheaper rate. But obviously, Nissan will not pay for any of the repair costs if a serious and costly issue is found. Either way, you will need to pay a qualified mechanic to perform an inspection.
Answered by Dan Powell
I made a stupid mistake and put the wrong fuel in my car. What should I do?
"I filled my diesel Nissan Qashqai with petrol. What’s the best course of action?"
The best course of action would be to pay for a mobile mechanic to drain the fuel tank and flush the system before refilling with diesel. This will cost in the region of £250. Do not drive the car. The diesel acts as a lubricant for the fuel pump and running petrol through it will cause friction between the pump's internal parts. It will also wreck the injectors, which will cost you thousands to put right.
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Nissan Qashqai (2014) cost?

Buy new from £19,838 (list price from £23,325)