Nissan Qashqai (2014) Review

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Nissan Qashqai (2014) At A Glance

Improved interior over previous Qashqai. Very smooth and quiet ride. High torque 1.3-litre petrol engines from 2019 a vast improvement.

No longer the market leading crossover Leg room in the back should be better. Small boot. 1.2 DIG-T has common problems with stop/start and losing power.

New prices start from £21,595, brokers can source from £15,629
Contract hire deals from £182.98 per month
Insurance Groups are between 13–20
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

The Nissan Qashqai is the UK’s best-selling crossover and it isn’t difficult to understand the mass appeal, with its frugal engines and smooth ride quality making it an agreeable choice for those in need of a comfortable and refined family car.

On paper the big selling Qashqai is a market leader, but in the metal it is quickly becomes clear that Nissan's fallen behind the SEAT Ateca and Kia Sportage when it comes to practicality and in-car tech. That said, the Qashqai gets the basics right and can be something of a bargain for those willing to hunt out a pre-reg deal. 

From launch, the Qashqai has three engines to choose from, with the 110PS 1.5 dCi diesel being the most efficient with advertised economy peaking at 74mpg and 99g/km of CO2. The 130PS 1.6 dCi packs more power and gets the option of a CVT automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, while the 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol with 115PS provides the sole petrol option.

Over the years the Qashqai's powertrains have been extensively revised with a 163PS 1.6 DIG-T petrol being added to the range in 2015. In 2019 a 1.3-litre petrol, available in 140PS and 160PS replaced 1.2 and 1.6-litre engines, while its advertised 53mpg provides an affordable alternative to diesel. 

Regardless of which set-up you choose, the Qashqai is seldom sharp or engaging to drive. The steering is numb and the pedals are decidedly lacking in feedback.

Few will ever buy a crossover for performance though and despite the woolly handling the Qashqai is easy to drive in town or the motorway. Only those who live in rural areas or tow caravans will need to sacrifice precious fuel economy for all-wheel drive.

While accomplished and attractive – especially when you factor in Nissan’s affordable range of PCP deals – the Qashqai does have a few blots on its report card with leg room and boot space being the chief areas of disappointment. As a result things can get somewhat cramped when the Qashqai is loaded with luggage and a family of four. 

The cabin feels somewhat old compared to the Qashqai's newer rivals, while the infotainment looks distinctly aftermarket with blocky graphics, slow screen changes and a confusing menu layout. The low set of the infotainment screen also makes it difficult to read when on the move.

That said, all versions are well-equipped as standard, which means even a mid-spec Qashqai has pretty much everything an everyday driver will need. 

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Real MPG average for a Nissan Qashqai (2014)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

80%

Real MPG

26–68 mpg

MPGs submitted

1482

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Are CVT auto gearboxes good?
"I'm thinking about getting a vehicle with a CVT transmission. Possibly Honda HR-V or Nissan Qashqai. My preference would be a torque converter auto, though this seems to limit the range of choices. I did own a 2008 Qashqai auto but did not quite gel with it. Is the newer Qashqai an improvement and how do you rate the Honda CVT? Many thanks in anticipation."
CVT transmissions are generally very reliable and efficient, although they can be troublesome in the Nissan Qashqai. Honda's CVT gearbox is better, although it does create quite a lot of noise during acceleration. How about a Peugeot 2008 or 3008? Both are available with a good torque-converter automatic gearbox.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the most comfortable, fuel-efficient SUV?
"I'm looking for an SUV that's easy to get into, comfortable to drive for hours at a time and has good fuel economy. Long journeys would be on motorways/dual carriageways. I'm looking at Nissan Qashqai 1.5 diesel, Peugeot 2008 and 3008. Any help, please?"
Skoda Karoq, Toyota C-HR, Lexus NX and Peugeot 3008 are the best for comfort. Might also want to consider the Mazda CX-30. We're running a CX-30 long term currently and it's very good - but there's no diesel-engined models in the UK.
Answered by Dan Powell
My car keeps stalling - is there an obvious reason?
"I've had a Nissan Qashqai 1.2 from new for two years. I quite like the car but even after two years I still stall it, usually at an inconvenient moment. Maybe I'm too long in the tooth for the automatic/electric handbrake system. I've had two X-Trails before the Qashqai with which I towed caravans and had no problems with stalling. I do wonder whether it being a small engine is a factor. Are there any similar cars which still have the old handbrake? Thanks."
First of all, have you had your car checked by a garage? Are there any warning lights? There could be issues if it's stalling regularly. Does your car have the auto brake hold feature? This might make your life easier - with it switched on, you don't have to faff around with the electronic parking brake. Just come to a halt and let it hold the car still until you're ready to move off. Otherwise, it's just a case of practice and getting used to the clutch action. Maybe your Qashqai is quieter than your X-Trails - we rely on sound to work out how much throttle is required, and if a car is too refined it can be more difficult to judge. Otherwise, manual handbrakes are approaching extinction, particularly in crossover SUVs. You'll find one on a smaller car like a Ford Fiesta, but that's quite different to your Qashqai.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a small, automatic SUV?
"I'm after a small, used SUV with an auto gearbox. I have a budget of £11,000 - £12,000. I'm doing 7000-8000 miles of mixed driving per year. So far I've narrowed it down to Suzuki Vitara, Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai. Any advise will be appreciated."
I really like the Skoda Yeti, but it has had a lot of reported problems over the past few years and it is probably best avoided. I'd say the same for the Qashqai, after its poor showing in our latest Satisfaction Index: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020-the-results/ The Suzuki Vitara, on the other hand, is a very good car. It also has a strong reputation for reliability and comfort. I would add the Kia Niro and Toyota C-HR to your list, too, as both are easy to use and have a good reputation for build quality.
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Nissan Qashqai (2014) cost?

Buy new from £15,629 (list price from £20,240)
Contract hire from £182.98 per month