Although the Nissan Qashqai can offer much more space than conventional mainstream hatchback rivals for a similar cost, it’s not able to match them for economy and CO2 emissions. Its extra size and weight prohibits a super-frugal low-CO2 version that’s becoming a mainstay of the segment. The lowest-emitting model is 1.6-litre diesel equipped with stop-start, which emits 119g/km.
Those wondering which grade of Qashqai to buy should steer towards the Acenta model. You can have the higher-spec Tekna for more than £3000 extra, but since all that will buy you is full leather, bum warmers and some meatier-looking alloy wheels, it’s hard to see the point. But if instead you save £1500 and go for the base Visia, you’re going to miss properly useful items like the Acenta’s automatic lights and wipers, parking sensors, climate and cruise control and a six-CD autochanger.
All Qashqais come with six airbags and Bluetooth connectivity. Fans of two-pedal transmissions can choose between a conventional six-speed auto for the 2.0-litre diesel or a continuously variable CVT for the 2.0-litre petrol. Both are £1300 options. Four-wheel drive is a £1550 option and available only on the 2.0-litre diesel and petrol models.
Upgrading from a Qashqai to a Qashqai+2 costs £1400, which is an identical premium as that which Citroen will charge you for going from a C4 Picasso to a C4 Grand Picasso. With the Nissan, you do get the glass roof as standard, and with the rear row folded, the boot is bigger than the standard Qashqai’s.
Service intervals are at 12,500 miles, even for diesels, but the three-year warranty is limited to 60,000 miles.