The best-selling crossover in Europe, Nissan's Qashqai is also the Japanese manufacturer’s most successful model in Europe in all of its 83-year old history. In fact, the Qashqai popularised the family SUV when it was first launched in 2007. The competition has only grown in number & talent since then, yet the Qashqai is still comfortably the best-selling car of its type in the UK, & it’s still a class-defining model.
The SUV has recently been given a timely boost with the addition of a new engine, gearbox & infotainment system. While the looks are the same, important bits under the bonnet have now been addressed, with the end result being the graceful retirement of the 1.2- & 1.6-litre petrols, replaced by a new 1.3-litre DIG-T 4-cylinder that is shared with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
While the Qashqai is a great choice for many people, there are plenty of other family SUVs that make worthy rivals. There are SUVs on the market that have bigger boots, more spacious rear seats & cheaper prices.
People looking to buy a Qashqai will also be considering the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Renault Kadjar, Volkswagen Tiguan, to name just a few. But while it may not be especially outstanding in a single area, the Qashqai’s genius lies in how it does absolutely everything you could ask of a family car with such competence.
“The second-generation Nissan Qashqai has been an outstanding ambassador for our innovative crossover range & the Nissan brand since its launch in 2014. It has been a sales phenomenon, keeping us at the number one position in the segment. With these premium enhancements to its design, quality, technology, & driving dynamics, we are confident this will continue.”