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The Top Gear car review:Nissan Qashqai

Overall verdict
One of Britain’s best-selling cars, the Nissan Qashqai aims to combine SUV practicality with hatchback costs. Works.


Comfy, quiet, economical and practical


Interior and infotainment feel old tech’. Rivals are more fun to drive


What is it?

A nomadic central Asian tribe known for its Persian rugs. And one of Britain’s best-selling cars. The Nissan Qashqai is a small SUV or ‘crossover’ that aims to offer “the practicality and desirability of an SUV with the footprint, driving dynamics and running costs of a hatchback” – as, presumably, do all cars of this ilk.

When the first Qashqai was launched way back in 2007 it had few competitors. Nowadays there are many – the Seat Ateca, Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan to name but three. All (well, mostly) new versions of each have been launched since the second-generation Qashqai arrived in 2013, so to make sure it stays competitive Nissan’s given its breadwinner an upgrade.

The most obvious change is the front-end, which is completely new. Things get less dramatic as you move down the Qashqai’s flanks, but the revised rear-bumper and taillights nonetheless contribute to the overall sense of newness. We think it’s pretty smart. The interior benefits from revised materials and a new, thicker, flat-bottomed steering wheel. Slimmer front seats are supposed to improve rear-legroom, while the Bose stereo is allegedly the “most complete sound system ever offered in a [European] Nissan”.

But the big tech’ highlight is ProPILOT, which we haven’t tried and in any case isn’t available until 2018. The system, which is the first bit of commercially-available autonomous tech’ we’ll see from Nissan, “controls the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways during heavy traffic congestion and high-speed cruising”. We’ll let you know if it works once we’ve convinced Nissan to let us have a proper play.

As for engines, you’re looking at the same turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesels as before. There have been some refinement and drivability tweaks, but the headline figures remain the same. Greenest is the 1.5-litre diesel, which manages 99g/km even on chintzy 19s.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 DiG-T N-Connecta 5dr
8.9s 134g/km 48.7 163 £24,020
The cheapest
1.2 DiG-T Visia 5dr
10.9s 129g/km 50.4 115 £18,740
The greenest
1.5 dCi Acenta 5dr
11.9s 99g/km 74.3 110 £22,630
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