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 £17,972
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

I do very low mileage. Should I get a diesel or hybrid?
"I'm looking to change my car (petrol Nissan Qashqai) to an automatic as I do around 3000 miles a year, mostly town driving and the odd motorway trip. My wife is disabled with hip problems so I need something she would be able to get in and out of easily. I've been looking at a Skoda Superb diesel as it has loads of room in it for her and family. Also looking at a Toyota Prius as I was told a hybrid might be better for my mileage. Can you give me any advice as to what cars I should be looking at? Thanks for your help."
Avoid diesels – they're not suited to low annual mileages or regular short journeys, so you'll only have trouble. A petrol or hybrid would be a better option. A crossover SUV like your Qashqai might be the best option for your wife to get in and out of. We'd recommend a Skoda Kamiq or the bigger Karoq. If you'd prefer a hybrid, consider a Kia Niro.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Could you recommend some all-season tyres?
"Could you recommend some all-season tyres for my Nissan Qashqai? Size is 215/60 R17 96H. I do approximately 8000-10,000 miles a year. Looking for comfort, low road noise and safety. Thanks."
I'd go for Michelin CrossClimate+. It's a popular all-season tyre from a reputable brand and it comes in your size. There's also deals for the CrossClimate+ on Kwik Fit and Black Circles right now. I'll link to both below. Black Circles, £40 off 4 tyres when you use the promotional code CC40 in the basket: Kwik Fit, 10% off 2 or 15% off 4 with code MCC:
Answered by Georgia Petrie
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

What does a Nissan Qashqai (2014) cost?

Buy new from £17,972 (list price from £25,385)