Nissan Qashqai Review 2022

Nissan Qashqai At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
Hybrid power and increased practicality mean the new Nissan Qashqai can proudly fight it out against the Hyundai Tucson, Citroen C5 Aircross and Skoda Karoq.

+Extremely versatile cabin with a large boot and plenty of space for rear-seat passengers, improved cabin quality, hybrid engines should be cheap to run.

-Not as enjoyable to drive as a SEAT Ateca or as comfortable as a Skoda Karoq, firm ride quality on 20-inch alloy wheels.

New prices start from £24,555, brokers can source from £23,589
Insurance Groups are between 11–19

Nissan was accused of resting on its laurels with the old Qashqai with its underwhelming interior and road manners leaving it behind key rivals like the Kia Sportage, Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008. Fortunately, the latest model is a much better car with lower running costs, more space and improved comfort.

If you are in the market for a family SUV then practicality and comfort will probably rank high on your list of priorities. And it is here the latest Qashqai shines. Its boot is 50 litres bigger with lots of useful features that include floor dividers, a wipe-clean boot floor (with extra storage underneath) and a 12v power socket for keeping your cool box cold.

Ride comfort is much better than the old Qashqai (2014 - 2012) 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 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, it's also considerably classier inside. The cabin of the old Qashqai was slightly depressing, with lots of dark-coloured materials and rock hard plastics. The new one is now on a par with the brilliant Peugeot 3008 and Mazda CX-30 – but you'll have to lower your expectations if you're expecting it to compete with the Skoda Karoq.

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. You can also get the Qashqai with a hybrid option, badged the e-Power. This uses a 1.5-litre petrol engine as a generator for the electric motor, without a direct line between the combustion engine and the wheels.

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 extremely hard on rought roads. 

Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Nissan Qashqai review

Ask Honest John

Can you recommend an SUV available on the Motability scheme?
"We've followed you advice over the years which guided us to a second hand 09 plate Mazda 5, and a beautiful brand new 18 plate Mazda CX-5 Sport Nav. Due to illness we are now eligible for the Motobility scheme. We are looking for a similar family SUV that will take 2 kids easily as well as the occasional trip with the mother-in-law. Unfortunately, Mazda aren't on the scheme. Having test driven the SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan they seem nice cars but the specs on the Motobility scheme vehicles are low. Due to neuropathy a heated steering wheel is vital, as are reversing cameras. The Ford Kuga felt cheap, and the S-MAX was lovely but too big in our opinion. Most of the other contenders feel like a step down from the spec we have currently. The new Hyundai Tucson plug-in-hybrid Ultimate was mentioned on your page as a comparison to the Mazda, the spec looks great (£5,000 upfront though). Our driving is mainly short trips with the kids, with a longer 400 mile round trip to visit northern parents (we are London based) every other month. We can't go fully electric, but plug-in would work for charging outside shop, etc. Obviously we could just stick with the car we have (we wouldn't be looking if it wasn't for the scheme) but with the cost of servicing, insurance being covered by the Motobility scheme it seems too good to be true. Have I missed any obvious contenders? I see the Skoda Karoq is well regarded, but isn't on the scheme."
As you say, the Mazda CX-5 is a very good car that even today is nicer than many new rivals. However, given the savings offered on the Motability scheme there are some other choices worth checking out. Vauxhall has just updated the Grandland (formerly Grandland X) to make it a much more competitive car. Ultimate spec comes with lots of kit including a heated steering wheel and seats. The Peugeot 3008 is essentially the same car as the Grandland underneath, but with a classier interior, although the driving position won't suit all tastes. The Citroen C5 Aircross also shares its engines and platform with the Vauxhall and Peugeot and is exceptionally comfortable, but you might find the interior lacking in quality. We also see that the latest Nissan Qashqai is offered on Motability. It's a much better car than the old one, although perhaps still not as nice to drive or sit in as the CX-5. There are also raised-up hatchbacks that aren't quite as tall as full SUVs: check out the Kia XCeed and new DS 4 (the DS 4 in particular has a plush interior with lots of equipment). They may not offer the desired ease of getting in and out, however.
Answered by Lawrence Allan
What's a good replacement for my Skoda Yeti?
"I currently have a 2014 Skoda Yeti. I bought it mainly because of my wife's arthritis as she couldn't get into my SAAB 9-3 easily. The Yeti is very easy to get in and out of for somebody with painful knees. I've been very happy with it apart from one major problem which is the size of the boot. Because of the large wheel arches it is not wide enough to take my guitar and it is not long enough to take two large suitcases without folding the seats forward, which means the contents of the boot are visible. I now want to replace the Skoda Yeti with a newer car (brand new or second-hand) that is similar to the Yeti but has a larger boot. I don't have the possibility to charge an EV at my home, while I'm also worried about range and charging time for electric cars. What can you recommend?"
Take a look at the Skoda Karoq. It replaced the Yeti and is one of the best family SUVs on sale today, with a big boot and lots of standard equipment. As an alternative, consider the new Nissan Qashqai or Hyundai Tucson. The Tucson's available as a hybrid, which might be a good stepping stone towards an electric vehicle.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best auto SUV for under £30,000?
"I am considering changing my 2019 Ford Focus auto (with the dial selector) for a new Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI DSG. I am very disappointed with the Ford auto 'box and will not consider another Ford because of this. It will roll in the opposite direction when selecting reverse to forward and vice versa when parallel parking etc on a very slight slope. It also drops out of the selected gear when using the gears for engine braking. Are you aware of any similar or other problems with the Karoq and can you suggest a similar size and type of vehicle to the Skoda for me to try? Ride and comfort are more important than performance. I have £30k ish to spend."
With any automatic gearbox, we'd recommend keeping your foot on the brake when shifting from forward to reverse and vice versa. We're not aware of any issues with the DSG gearbox in the Karoq. The Karoq's an excellent choice, but also consider the new Nissan Qashqai. It's a very comfortable and well-equipped car. Alternatively, take a look at the Citroen C5 Aircross – it's one of the softest SUVs on sale in terms of ride quality.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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What does a Nissan Qashqai cost?

Buy new from £23,589(list price from £28,100)