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Kit and technology upgrade adds verve and value to the venerable and popular Nissan Qashqai

Our Verdict

Nissan Qashqai 2007-2014

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

Matt Burt
11 April 2013

What is it?

This Nissan Qashqai 360 replaces the outgoing n-tec+ variant and sits between the mid-spec Acenta and top-level Tekna trims in the popular crossover’s range.

N-tec+ accounted for about 60 per cent of all Qashqai sales in the UK in 2012, and Nissan expects the Qashqai 360 to continue that, not least because it offers a higher specification for the same price tag.

Among the kit included on this mild wash ‘n’ brush up are 18in alloys, rear privacy glass and a panoramic glass roof. On top of that, the Qashqai 360 gets a host of style-led additions including part-leather trim, a gloss black gearlever surround and door handles and a leather armrest.

The exterior gets gloss black roof rails, door mirrors and ‘360’ badging. The car also gets an uprated version of the Nissan Connect multimedia system. 

What's it like?

There are no mechanical changes to the already well-proven package. A combination of a supple ride and well-weighted steering makes the Qashqai composed and comfortable to drive, although some mild body roll is noticeable during tight cornering.

The 360 trim is available across all engine and transmission variants and can be specified on both the five-seat Qashqai and the seven-seat Qashqai+2. The 1.6 turbodiesel we tested is smooth and quiet, particularly around town and, when fitted to the five-seat, two-wheel drive variant, is the most fuel-efficient choice in the range.

The uprated trim adds an extra touch of class to the interior, and the extra tech that’s now on board is very useful. Like the n-tec+ before it, the Qashqai 360 features an intuitive 360-degree parking assist system, which uses cameras mounted in the bumpers and wing mirrors to offer a ‘helicopter’ view of the car on the screen on the centre console.

Cabin space and flexibility have never been the Qashqai’s strongest suits.  The 410 litres of boot space (or 860 litres with the rear seats folded) feels miserly compared to rivals such as the Kia Sportage (564/1353 litres) or Skoda Yeti (416/1760 litres). 

Should I buy one?

The Qashqai was at the vanguard of the crossover craze when it was launched in 2007 and, despite stern opposition from a growing pool of very capable rivals, it remains a comfortable and accomplished performer. This updated edition should keep Nissan’s sales ticking over nicely until the next-generation model appears.

Nissan Qashqai 360 1.6dCi

Price: £23,145 0-62mph: 10.3sec Top speed: 118mph Economy: 62.8mpg CO2: 119g/km Kerb weight: 1498kg Engine: 4cyls, 1598cc, turbodiesel Power: 128bhp at 4000rpm Torque: 236lb ft at 1750rpm Gearbox: 6-spd manual

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11 April 2013

I would say venerable is about right. 6 year old car design, against new CR-V, Kuga, RAV4, 2-3 year old Sportage/ix35. In car years, its a pensioner! I do think it still looks tidy, and better than the new CR-V or RAV4

11 April 2013

It doesn't mean old, it has nothing to do with being pensioned off. It means respected.

11 April 2013

Great to see a British built car doing so well, and highlight's Nissans brave move to ignore the already crowded traditional Euro hatch segment and launch something different with the Qashqai and Juke.

Seems like everyone needs a small 4x4 nowadays, how is it that all the stuff you needed for 2 kids - pushchairs etc all fitted easily into the boot of the average family hatch 20 years ago but they are considered too small now?

11 April 2013

The stats on the Qashqai and the Sunderland plant are pretty interesting.

Yesterday's mag confirmed that the Sunderland plant produced more cars than the whole of Italy in 2012! Also, the Qashqai n-tec alone (now the 360) outsold all Mondeos sold in GB in 2012.

It's getting on a bit now, although that doesn't seem to be affecting sales, but given the success of this one the replacement will have to be very good.


11 April 2013

Time certainly flies when you're having fun, though given that (after 6 years) Nissan decide to outfit a variant with all round cameras either means driving standards have reduced significantly or poor design in the first place ... I wager the former!!

11 April 2013

Here's a scary stat. Nissan sold more n-Tec+ variant Qashqai's in the UK last year than Ford sold Mondeo's, of all varieties. The Mondeo, once the king of the sales charts, reduced to an also-ran. 

@OrangeWheels the popularity is not due to 4x4 (most Qashqai's arent) or perceived interior space (they're no roomier than Golf/Focus) but height. As a father of two, aged 5 & 3, place young children into the very deep buckets of current child seats is much easier when the seat is at waist-height, instead of stooping down, whilst carrying child, into a regular hatch/saloon or estate. One in three adults suffer from tempremental backs in this country - cars like the Qashqai offer some respite from the lower-slung mainstream (although the mainstream is now Qashqai!) 

Also, kids, and adults, can see more when higher up, so another benefit of this car. 

Worth looking back to 6 years ago, and Nissan's clever tactic of pricing the lower versions very competitively, without scrimping on the essentials (a/c & good safety kit). Wasnt the 1.6 petrol Acenta Qashqai just £13995 when it was launched? That must have bitten straight through Ford & VAG sales very quickly. 

Also, does it even look that dated. Overfamiliar, certainly, but the 2010 facelift was well-judged. The car looks as fine in 2013, as the sales figures atest. 

Oh and this 1.6Dci chain-cam engine is the best 4-pot diesel anywhere right now. Ask Mercedes...

Sulphur Man

11 April 2013

sulphurman@gmail.com wrote:

 

@OrangeWheels the popularity is not due to 4x4 (most Qashqai's arent) or perceived interior space (they're no roomier than Golf/Focus) but height. As a father of two, aged 5 & 3, place young children into the very deep buckets of current child seats is much easier when the seat is at waist-height, instead of stooping down, whilst carrying child, into a regular hatch/saloon or estate. One in three adults suffer from tempremental backs in this country - cars like the Qashqai offer some respite from the lower-slung mainstream (although the mainstream is now Qashqai!) 

Also, kids, and adults, can see more when higher up, so another benefit of this car. 

 

Completely agree. I bought a Skoda Yeti instead of the planned Golf for exactly the same reason. I don't have kids and I'm not old but sitting higher up takes a lot of stress out of motorway and night time driving. It is also much more pleasant to see into fields or ahead etc when driving in the country, stuck in traffic...... 

I'm after a city car next time and may well buy a Fiat Panda Trekking or 4x4 instead of an UP! for the same reasons.

11 April 2013

I love the look of the qashqai, the side view of the higher range models is as handsome as it comes with an SUV. I have no reason to doubt their reliability either but my own experience of almost buying one showed a concerningly cheap side to the Qashqai's construction. My wife fell in love with them so we went to the local (ish) dealer and arranged a test drive as her golf needed to be replaced. Whilst looking at the show room model my wife decided to look in the glove box which was a bit stiff, a couple of tugs at the handle and the whole dasboard plastic construction right up to the windscreen came away exposing some cheap pop fittings and surprisingly thin metal panelling, it was mildly embarrasing but i get the impression this wasnt exactly a surprise to the sales staff. They (Qashqais) dont appear to be unreliable and as i said, are handsome, but that was enough to put my wife off for good.

11 April 2013

Had they met your wife before? ha ha only joking

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

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