Nissan Qashqai Review 2023
Nissan Qashqai At A Glance
On average it achieves 0% of the official MPG figure
Nissan was there right at the start of the family SUV craze with the Qashqai, but the previous model lost ground to talented rivals towards the end of its life. Happily, as our Nissan Qashqai review will explain, the latest model is a greatly improved car with enhanced practicality, comfort and cabin quality, as well as efficient engine options.
The family SUV sector is bursting at the seams with talented and desirable models, but the third-generation Nissan Qashqai is now right up there with the best again. It excels in terms of practicality and comfort, with a bigger boot and lots of useful touches all around the cabin.
Ride comfort is much better than the old Qashqai (2014 - 2021), too, while the fit and finish of the cabin also feels more upmarket. A greater distance between the front and rear wheels translates to more space for rear-seat passengers, while the rear doors open a full 85 degrees. That’s a very neat party trick, especially if you regularly have to strap a little one into a car seat.
As well as being more spacious than before, the new Nissan Qashqai is also considerably classier inside. The cabin of the old model was slightly depressing, with lots of dark-coloured materials and sub-par plastics. The new one is now on a par with the brilliant Peugeot 3008 and Mazda CX-5, if not quite at the same level as premium German competition.
Further key rivals include the excellent Skoda Karoq, the well equipped Ford Kuga and the recently updated (and much better) Vauxhall Grandland. There’s also the Hyundai Tucson and its Korean stablemate, the Kia Sportage, both of which are among our favourite mainstream SUVs.
There’s a range of trim levels to choose from, starting off with the rather basic Visia model. We’d recommend looking for an Acenta Premium at the very least (standard kit includes 17-inch alloys, an eight-inch media system and a rear-view camera), while the N-Connecta adds desirable features like 18-inch alloy wheels, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a nine-inch media system.
The high-spec Tekna is loaded with kit, including 19-inch alloy wheels, a head-up display system and a panoramic sunroof, while the top-of-the-range Tekna+ builds on this with 20-inch alloys, a Bose sound system and quilted leather seats with massage function (in the front). No one needs their family crossover to be that well-equipped and, priced upwards of £34,000, you'd have to really want a lavishly kitted out Qashqai.
Engine choices include a revamped version of the old 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol, now with 12v mild-hybrid technology in order to improve economy. It’s a decent engine, if not a remarkable one, while it’s a sign of the times that there is no diesel version offered any more. However, from 2022 you can get the Qashqai with a hybrid option, badged e-Power.
This uses a 1.5-litre petrol engine as a generator for the electric motor and battery, without a direct line between the combustion engine and the wheels. It’s a smooth and refined system that makes the car feel a bit like an EV most of the time, and it costs an awful lot less than rival plug-in hybrids.
The latest Qashqai is leagues ahead of the old model when it comes to comfort and quality. It’s a versatile SUV, too, with its larger boot and clever storage compartments making it apt for family car buyers who need an affordable but upmarket SUV. Just avoid models with 20-inch wheels, as these make the ride quality rather harsh on rough roads.
Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Nissan Qashqai review.