Nissan Qashqai (2007 – 2014) Review

Nissan Qashqai (2007 – 2014) At A Glance


+Very comfortable front seats with good ride. Feels well built. Strong Renault sourced dCi diesels. Elevated driving position and good visibility.

-Rear seats not as spacious as you'd expect. Can be crashy over potholes on larger wheels. 2.0 diesel particulate filter problems. Some quality problems. Unacceptably high failure rate of CVT transmissions.

Insurance Groups are between 13–20
On average it achieves 84% of the official MPG figure

Designed to blend the agility and comfort of a hatchback with the strength and practicality of an SUV the Qashqai is Nissan’s alternative to the standard five-door hatchback. Plenty of people have certainly been won over by the formula. Modern, chunky and well proportioned it's actually not much taller than standard hatchbacks like the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf.

It certainly looks like a crossover and the shoulder line and kicked-up rear windows ape the larger Nissan Murano. The interior isn't quite as memorable - instead Nissan has opted for a simple layout which looks a little dull compared to something like a Honda Civic. However quality is a strong point as is the finish.

There are a good choice of engines too including the impressive dCi diesels which are strong but still offer good economy - the 1.5 dCi averaging a claimed 54.3mpg, although there are no dedicated low emissions models as you get with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion.

The Qashqai was facelifted in 2010 with a revised front end, new headlights plus a revamped interior . The changes are subtle but make it look sharper and more modern plus there's now a Pure Drive model which emits 129g/km - better than before but still nowhere near as good as many special low emissions hatchbacks.

The Qashqai is also a very British car. It's one of several models built at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, alongside the Juke, Note and forthcoming Leaf. The firm became the first Japanese manufacturer to set up a plant in Europe when it opened the factory in 1986 and it now produces more than 300,000 cars a year. A real success story for the UK.

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High mileage Nissan Qashqai, how long will it last?
"I have a 2011 2.0-litre petrol Nissan Qashqai with 94,000 miles on the clock, fully serviced by Nissan. How much longer can I expect it to run before I get major problems?"
If the car is serviced with fresh oil every 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first) then I see no reason why it shouldn't motor on for another 50,000 miles and/or five years. Obviously, you'll get wear and tear problems as things like the clutch, suspension bushes and exhaust system wear out but these costs will be minor compared to that of buying another car.
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Should I buy a high-mileage Nissan Qashqai?
"I'm thinking of buying a 2010 Nissan Qashqai 2.0 TDI diesel. It has 275,000 kilometres (171,000 miles) on the clock. Everything looks fine and the seller wants €7190 for the car, as I live in Romania. Would this be a good car to buy? "
Being based in the UK I can't really comment on car prices in Romania, but £6000 (latest conversion from euros to pounds) is an awful lot of money for a 11-year-old Qashqai. And the mileage is extremely high. If you are expecting this car to give you many years of trouble-free motoring then I think you will be disappointed. The car and all of its major moving parts will be heavily worn and it's approaching the end of its mechanical life. This means it'll be a case of when and not if something major (and expensive) goes wrong.
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Nissan Qashqai key stuck in ignition - how can I remove it?
"I have a Nissan Qashqai (2012 model). The car key is well and truly stuck in the ignition. Can I still lock the car with the key in the ignition? Any advice on how I can free it?"
It's a fairly common issue, unfortunately. Try wiggling the key up and down while pulling it. If this doesn't work, you'll need to remove the ignition barrel and strip it down to release the key. An auto locksmith will be able to do this (and will cost less than a Nissan dealer). You should be able to lock the remaining doors with the spare key.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Our Nissan Qashqai hesitates and judders when accelerating - is this an issue with the auto box?
"My wife has a 2013 Nissan Qashqai auto with just under 20,000 miles on the clock. When pulling away and accelerating, there is no problem - but when moving slowly and accelerating, the car judders, hesitates and makes low rumbling noises. Would a change of oil and filters in the gearbox cure this or could it be something more serious?"
This model of Qashqai has been plagued with gearbox problems over the years and this reads like an issue with the transmission. I would recommend getting the gearbox checked by an independent Nissan specialist. For the full list of reported problems with this model, see:
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