It’s fair to say that the original Qashqai’s success is partly responsible for the strength of competition in the class. When first introduced, its value for money was uneasily measured against hatchbacks and small MPVs; now there’s a range of well known competitors to keep pace with.
That pressure, and Nissan’s inclination to compete despite its household name status, means the new model remains as broadly competitive as the last.
A small price bump – reasonable when you consider the 1.2-litre petrol engine is vastly superior to the old 1.6 – means the first of four trim grades starts at less than £18k.
Entry-level Visia models aren't poorly equipped, but Nissan will expect most buyers to start shopping at Acenta level. Most buyers will opt for diesel, too, and the continued refining of the 1.5 dCi means its 99g/km and 74.3mpg claimed figures are class leading. Typically, we couldn’t repeat Nissan’s quotation in the real world, but 55.7mpg on a tour and 48.6mpg overall are impressive figures.
Expect the 1.6-litre diesel to return similar economy in the real world, but don't discount the 1.2-litre petrol. If you've no intention to haul lots of kit around, and won't be covering many miles, its hushed and flexible nature may be well suited to your needs.
If you do want the 99g/km 1.5-litre diesel Qashqai, go for it and keep things simple – but get a higher-spec variant with Nissan Connect if you want DAB radio or sat-nav.
As before, Nissan is likely to place the marketing emphasis on its front-wheel-drive models. All-wheel drive comes at a significantly higher price than elsewhere and cannot be had with the base trim or smaller engines.
The Qashqai’s residual values are expected to remain acceptably sturdy, although buyers of secondhand ones will almost certainly have the luxury of a huge choice a few years out.