Buyer’s guide to the Nissan Qashqai

Buyer’s guide to the Nissan Qashqai

Thinking of picking up Europe’s best-selling crossover, here’s all you need to know…

It’s a popular choice for a good reason, but going for the right spec of the Nissan Qashqai is still important.

So, without further ado, here’s the low down on the Nissan crossover’s range…

Model explained

The Nissan Qashqai was introduced back in 2006, and was somewhat of a catalyst for the now extremely crowded crossover market. The car was a massive success and approximately 100,000 units were sold in Europe by the end of 2007. People loved its practicality, economy and affordable price tag.

Today, the Qashqai is still going strong, now into its second-generation – while getting a facelift in 2017. There’s a lot of key decisions to be made when building you perfect Qashqai, so choose wisely.

What powertrains are on offer?

Currently there are three engines on offer, with a fourth (a 1.7-litre diesel) to be added in January 2019. You can spec the Qashqai with either a 1.3-litre petrol offeredin two states of tune – 138bhp and 158bhp - or an 115bhp 1.5 diesel. Of course, if you want the best performance, the 160bhp petrol is the way to go, with a 0-60mph time of 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 124mph when paired to a six-speed manual gearbox.

On the other hand, if you prioritise economy, then the 1.5-litre diesel is the way to go — it will return a combined 67mpg. All engines offer decent efficiency though, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice performance for economy, or vice versa.

What trim levels are available?

There are five trim levels on offer — Visia, Acenta Premium, N-Conntecta, Tekna and Tekna+. All Qashqais get a generous amount of standard kit, including cruise control, electric speed-sensitive power steering and heated door mirrors. Although, you’re going to want to upgrade to at least Acenta Premium for extras like heated front seats, auto-wipers and automatic dual-zone climate control.

Upgrade to Tekna+ and you’ll have everything you could need, such as memory seats and plum Nappa leather trim. It must be said that most will be satisfied with the middle ground — N-Connecta. This also allows for some room with options as this trim level has the most on offer.

What equipment can I get?

As you’d expect, the further you go up the trim levels, the more kit will be added (plus some optional extras if you like). Some stand-out features you’ll want to upgrade to are things like the executive pack on the N-Connecta. That pack throws in heated front seats, a ThermaClear heated windscreen, part-leather Monoform sports seats, and an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat. If sound systems are you’re thing, you’ll want the Tekna trim because it has a premium Bose audio system along with a dual amplifier.

What are the customisation options like?

You can get the Qashqai in a choice of ten colours, ranging from Storm White to Flame Red. Colours come in metallic, premium metallic, pearlescent and solid depending on what you decide on. As you go up the trim levels, you get access to more premium interior and wheel options – with the range-topping Teckna+ you get plum Nappa leather, monoform style seats and 19-inch diamond cut alloy wheels.

How much will it cost me?

Prices range from £19,995 to £30,645. The Qashqai has always thrived due to its affordable price, and this latest model shapes up the same way. As mentioned before, we’d recommend a mid-spec one with a few options, because then you’ll get the best value for money.

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