The first-generation Nissan Qashqai is an overwhelmingly successful car. It was the sixth bestselling car in the UK in 2013 and the best selling crossover to boot. Motorists loved the sporty styling, reliability, good interior quality and the strong range of engines available.
It’s safe to say that the second-generation Nissan Qashqai has a lot to live up to.
No pressure then.
The most important version of the second-generation Nissan Qashqui is the 1.5-litre turbodiesel which is expected to make up most UK sales. This is a new engine not available in the first-gen model and it dips under the 100 g/km CO2 mark at 99 g/km, which means it qualifies for free road tax. Despite the size of the car, Nissan claims it’ll even achieve 74.3 miles per gallon on a combined cycle, which if true, is really rather splendid.
Early reviews of the new Nissan Qashqui have been favourable. The new model is comfortable around town and refined at speed. Whereas the last car felt a little bit hollow, the new model feels much more solid, like a crossover should.
The engine produces 109 bhp from 4000 rpm and more importantly 192 lb /ft of torque from 1750 rpm, like the best modern diesels. This means that on paper the second-generation is going to be a breeze to drive no matter the gear. Speaking of gears, the Qashqui has a six-speed manual, which benefits from a long sixth cog to keep the revs down on the motorway. As with all diesels though first is too short to use for anything but pulling away.
Like a few other new Nissan the Qashqui benefits from multiple steering assist settings, so that the driver can alter the weight to their liking. The steering is sharp and the car turns into corners well, with the diesel lump pulling cleanly.
The biggest change to the Qashqui comes visually though. It sits lower than the car it replaces and it looks much sportier. It’s also roomier inside, and Nissan have worked hard to minimise wind and road noise at speed, something which plagued first-gen Qashqui owners. Materials have also been improved inside, although they’re still not what I’d call luxurious – they’re robust and tactile, but ultimately, the new Qashqui lacks the heart warming comfort of an Audi Q3.
On-the-road, the Nissan Qashqui in 1.5-litre diesel form costs £20,840. That’s quite affordable for what’s on offer. If you take a look at the Bristol Street Motors used Nissan Qashqai, then you might find that a second hand first-generation model might be more to your liking.
As a replacement to the first-generation Qashqui however Nissan have come up good.