What is it?

It’s a Qashqai, the benchmark crossover, facelifted for 2010. Nissan have presumably concluded that the Qashqai wasn’t all that broken and opted not to fix it to any great degree, so updates are relatively minor.

What you get are exterior cosmetic changes and new colours, interior styling changes and, perhaps most significantly, under-the-skin tweaks aimed at reducing interior noise and enhancing the ride.

The version driven here is the two-wheel drive 1.5 dCi in upper-midrange n-tec trim, but all the 2010 updates apply across the whole Qashqai and Qashqai +2 range.

What’s it like?

Well, as we’ve established, it’s a Qashqai, and not hugely different from those we’ve driven before. On the outside a restyled front gives a fresher look and appears to draw some inspiration from the Infinti EX.

Minor interior changes include new dials, front footwell lighting and a new cubby hole, while improved insulation around the bulkhead, a new design windscreen and new window sealing around the A-pillar have resulted in a noticeable reduction in cabin noise.

Along with a marginally improved ride which feels firmer and more controlled while still allowing some off roader-esque body roll in corners, the overall impression is of a more refined and accomplished, if not ultimately all that rewarding, drive.

Should I buy one?

Quite possibly, yes. Nissan bills this year’s updates as ‘extensive’, but on the face of it there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot different. However, the changes add up to a more polished and desirable package than before.

If you’re sold on the idea of a high-rise driving position and chunkily purposeful exterior looks, then the improved Qashqai sits comfortably on the crossover leader board.

Tim Dickson

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Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

4 years 27 weeks ago

Who buys these?

One and a half tonnes!, front wheel drive only, 0-60 12secs slow, 100 horsepower weak, compact-size small, for TWENTY grand? Insane.

Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

4 years 27 weeks ago

nicksheele wrote:

One and a half tonnes!, front wheel drive only, 0-60 12secs slow, 100 horsepower weak, compact-size small, for TWENTY grand? Insane.

sounds like any SUV/wannabe SUV. Wouldn't give any of them the time of day.

Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

4 years 27 weeks ago

Seems to ring the bell for a lot of people. who are we to tell them what to drive ? Makes more sense than a Tourag or Disco if you're just using it for trips to Tesco and taking the kids to school.

Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

4 years 27 weeks ago

Ive leased one actually. Ok it is boring and my reasons are maybe slighty skewed by the fact that hatchbacks are rare here in Bahrain. Had a Mazda 6 last year and have to say I prefer the Quashquai. Its a 2 ltr cvt as manuals are not available here.

Advantages over the Mazda. Better visibility you sit higher. It is more practical than a saloon and its cheaper to lease. Smoother auto.

Boring yes but made in England yes ( I know that is old fashioned ) but it still has some sway for me and it is cheap and does the job of ferrying me the Mrs and visitors about without hassle. It will never be an enthusiasts car granted but we dont have an endless budget like everbody else nowadays.

So who buys em ? Folk who have a limited budget and want hassle free motoring. Last time I checked there are a lot of people around like that . Not such a bad thing after all then surely as it makes money for Nissan and UK plc.

Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

4 years 27 weeks ago

nicksheele wrote:

Who buys these?

One and a half tonnes!, front wheel drive only, 0-60 12secs slow, 100 horsepower weak, compact-size small, for TWENTY grand? Insane.

I'd guess the people who buy these are the ones who aren't prepared to spend Twenty grand on a boring 1.6 diesel Focus which is barely any faster

This offers something different to the run of mill hatches in that size & price band

Looks much better for the facelift too

Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

4 years 27 weeks ago

Masernut wrote:

nicksheele wrote:

Who buys these?

One and a half tonnes!, front wheel drive only, 0-60 12secs slow, 100 horsepower weak, compact-size small, for TWENTY grand? Insane.

I'd guess the people who buy these are the ones who aren't prepared to spend Twenty grand on a boring 1.6 diesel Focus which is barely any faster

This offers something different to the run of mill hatches in that size & price band

Looks much better for the facelift too

I'd agree. They look pretty good since the face lift, they're well equiped, spacious and good value compared to the likes of a Focus or Astra. A £20k Focus gets you a wind up rear windows and basic air con. I'd take the QQ.

Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

4 years 27 weeks ago

waiting list about to go into july now too!

Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

4 years 27 weeks ago

nicksheele wrote:

Who buys these?

One and a half tonnes!, front wheel drive only, 0-60 12secs slow, 100 horsepower weak, compact-size small, for TWENTY grand? Insane.

Quite agree. with the 1.5 oiler........ BUT I Had the original 2.0L CVT 2WD Tekna and it was a damn good car. Plenty fast enough (0-62 10.9secs- 28 mpg round town) After all it is not meant to be a sports car. Comfortable, more 'toys' than you can shake a stick at. The best looking crossover on the market and even better now for the minimal 'improvements'. Who the hell wants a boring Dagenham Dustbin for the same price. Tell you who.... the British motoring public. The QQ outsold the Focus last year hands down.

Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

4 years 27 weeks ago

I am not so childish as to use a nick name wrote:
nicksheele wrote:

Who buys these?

One and a half tonnes!, front wheel drive only, 0-60 12secs slow, 100 horsepower weak, compact-size small, for TWENTY grand? Insane.

I am not so childish as to use a nick name wrote:
Quite agree. with the 1.5 oiler........ BUT I Had the original 2.0L CVT 2WD Tekna and it was a damn good car. Plenty fast enough (0-62 10.9secs- 28 mpg round town) After all it is not meant to be a sports car

You've contradicted yourself a bit there. Ignore the 0-60 time it's irrelevant, in real world driving conditions this is plenty fast enough for most people. As you say, it's not meant to be a sports car.

Re: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Tec

4 years 27 weeks ago

I am not so childish as to use a nick name wrote:
Who the hell wants a boring Dagenham Dustbin for the same price. Tell you who.... the British motoring public. The QQ outsold the Focus last year hands down.

according to whom? You really have to stop believing as gospel tripe you may read in Autocar's editorials. Golly, there isn't half some garbage spouted on these forums.

According to the representative industry body that tallies the figures in the UK, the SMMT, the Focus was second best selling car in UK in 2009, with 93,000 sales. The Qashqai thing didn't even make the top ten(Mondeo No.10, 34,000 sales). The Focus is again second best seller year to date in 2010. Reminds me of the other bullshite often peddled in Autocar about the Jag XF outselling its competition, when the publicly available figures from SMMT clearly show this to be ridiculous.

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Our Verdict

The Nissan Qashqai is short on cabin flexibility next to newer rivals but offers a comfortable, fuss-free drive

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