Nissan Qashqai Review 2022
Nissan Qashqai At A Glance
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.