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Nissan Qashqai (2014–)

Last updated 16 May 2019

 
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Kerb weight 1297–1602 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing 12,500–18,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

The 1.5 dCi is the most popular Qashqai engine choice and it's a good all round package. It's smooth and far less vocal than the equivalent model in the previous Qashqai, with a near-silent idle and smooth power delivery.

It's adequately quick off the mark too and although 110PS with this sized body means that you'll need to work hard to get it up to speed, the 260Nm of torque helps it hold speed on hills with little effort. 

The gear change is nice, positive and light, while the dual mode steering (you can choose Standard or Sport) is light and accurate. The six-speed gear change is excellent too. The official fuel consumption is 74.3mpg and given its flexible, easy going nature, and excellent refinement at low revs, we can see that with gentle driving out of town, matching this figure might be possible for anyone not in a hurry.

If you want more punch with your diesel then a 130PS 1.6 dCi is available with a six-speed manual gearbox or Xtronic CVT automatic. The additional power is welcome for anyone who regularly drives on the motorway and it's certainly punchy, but like the 1.5 dCi is also refined, especially at low speeds and during constant cruising. Claimed economy for the 1.6 ranges from 60.1mpg (for two-wheel drive) to 57.6mpg for all-wheel drive versions, with both capable of towing 1800kg when linked to a manual transmission.

At launch, the petrol line-up was limited to a single 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol. However, with just 115PS, the four-cylinder petrol seldom feels at ease with the Qashqai's considerable size, with sluggish performance. 

A 163PS 1.6 DIG-T petrol was added to the range in 2015; peak torque for this turbocharged petrol engine is 240Nm, which is a little lower than the top diesel, but on the road it performs well. It does need to be revved hard when accelerating compared to a diesel engine, but at a cruise it’s quiet and refined, plus it is surprisingly efficient, delivering 48.7mpg with emissions of 134g/km. The 1.6 will also tow up to 1500kg. 

In 2019 Nissan introduced the impressive 1.3-litre petrol, while phasing out the 1.2 and 1.6 DIG-T engines. The turbocharged 1.3 is much better than the petrols it replaces and a genuine alternative to diesel, with 140PS or 160PS and an advertised 48-53mpg. The petrol can also be matched to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

In terms of handling, the Qashqai is a much more polished all-rounder than its predecessor, but lacking in any real driver engagement. It is well suited to our poorly surfaced, highly cambered roads. Around town, the ride is compliant and reasonably soft, even on 19-inch wheels, but thanks to excellent damping, at speed it feels planted and stable.

The Active Trace Control works well to keep the handling in check in high-speed corners, while the Nissan Safety Shield systems add some nice touches, such as lane guidance and blind-spot protection. The only system that disappoints is the Stand Still assist – added to the range in 2017. The system automatically engages the handbrake when the vehicle is at a standstill, but is slow to disengage which makes the Qashqai slow to respond at busy roundabouts and junctions.

Unlike many systems, Nissan’s Pro Pilot stiffens the steering feel so the driver can relax while the car assists. If it senses the driver’s hands slipping from the wheel, it issues a warning sound. It’s switched on or off by a button on the right hand side of the steering wheel, grouped with the cruise control buttons so everything is accessible in the same place. A TFT screen between the speedo and the rev counter tells the driver exactly what has been selected and what the system is doing.

The driver has to signal to overtake and, freed from the obstruction of the car in front, unlike other systems, Pro Pilot then accelerates hard to its pre-selected cruising speed. If the traffic in front comes to a standstill, Pro Pilot automatically brakes the car and, after three seconds, start/stop switches off the engine. If the car in front then starts moving, Pro Pilot starts its engine again and follows at the pre-selected distance.

Usually we find autonomous systems unpleasant, intrusive and sometimes downright frightening. But Pro Pilot seems to have overcome our misgivings. The stiff feel to the steering holds the car straight and keeps it precisely between the road markings on bends. The auto acceleration to overtake means it doesn’t bog down. And the ‘Traffic Jam Pilot’ works brilliantly to relieve stop-start stress.

If the traffic in front comes to a standstill, Pro Pilot automatically brakes the car and, after three seconds, stop-start switches off the engine. If the car in front then starts moving, Pro Pilot starts its engine again and follows at the pre-selected distance.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.2 DIG-T 49–50 mpg 10.6–11.3 s 114–115 mph 129–133 g/km
1.2 DIG-T Automatic 49–50 mpg 12.9 s 107 mph 129–133 g/km
1.3 DIG-T 140 49–53 mpg 10.9 s 120 mph 121–130 g/km
1.3 DIG-T 160 49–53 mpg 8.9 s 124 mph 121–130 g/km
1.3 DIG-T 160 DCT 49–52 mpg 9.9 s 123 mph 122–131 g/km
1.5 dCi 50–74 mpg 11.3–11.9 s 113–115 mph 99–103 g/km
1.5 dCi 110 71–74 mpg 11.9 s 113 mph 99 g/km
1.5 dCi 115 67–74 mpg 12.3 s 112 mph 100–110 g/km
1.6 dCi 61–64 mpg 9.9–10.5 s 118 mph 115–120 g/km
1.6 dCi 130 61–64 mpg 9.9 s 118 mph 116 g/km
1.6 dCi 130 4WD 55–58 mpg 10.5–10.9 s 118 mph 129 g/km
1.6 dCi 130 Automatic 58–60 mpg 11.1 s 114 mph 122 g/km
1.6 dCi 4WD 55–64 mpg 9.9–10.9 s 118 mph 129–133 g/km
1.6 dCi Automatic 58–61 mpg 10.7–11.1 s 113–114 mph 119–128 g/km
1.6 DIG-T 47–49 mpg 8.9–9.1 s 124–200 mph 134–138 g/km
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