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On the occasion of the world premiere in September 2006, who would have expected that the Nissan Qashqai would become a successful model and profoundly change the automotive industry? Probably nobody, not even the then head of the Japanese brand, Carlos Ghosn. Certainly, because the impact of this urban intersection on Part C – the first of its kind at the time – exceeded all expectations. Its phenomenal success, selling 100,000 units in just a few months, inspired all the competition. The SUV division with many real off-road vehicles has been expanded to include these relaxed adventurers. They now account for more than half of sales. Dear readers, decide for yourself whether Qashqai should be rewarded or punished for this.

In 2007, the element of surprise was enough to keep competitors away. With the Qashqai now in its third generation, Nissan must rely on its power to defend its standing. Because the number of competitors vying for customers in the highly profitable C-SUV segment is now large. According to the market analysis institute Jato Dynamics, about 2.34 million SUVs were sold in Europe in 2021. This is the largest segment in Europe. No wonder, then, that almost all manufacturers send their models to the fray here.

Nissan has sharpened the new Qashqai, starting with the design. The designers gave the Japanese SUV amazing lines, so you can see especially narrow LED headlights. Like its competitors, the Qashqai was slightly longer on the outside, but without exaggerating it: it grew by six centimeters to exactly 4.42 meters. The largest competitors Volkswagen Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson now reach 4.50 meters. However, the missing centimeters do not prevent the Qashqai from presenting an equal interior space. This allows two adults to sit comfortably in the rear seats, and even the middle position is not a penalty box. The occupants of the front seats are really pampered thanks to the heated seats, in the Tekna + version even with the massage function (from 44900 francs). In the summer, on the other hand, all passengers will be somewhat bothered by leather or imitation leather seats that do not have a ventilation function.For example, Hyundai Tucson offers this option. In addition, the luggage compartment in Korea has a lot more to offer than the Qashqai with more than 430 liters, and almost all competitions offer a capacity of more than 500 liters. The practical lever for easy folding of the rear seat backs is missing in Japan.

However, the semi-cubic shape of the two-part double-floor luggage compartment makes up a few points. There is a red card for the parcel shelf made of cheap cardboard. It is a rarity in the feel of the generally attractive materials in the interior; Compared to its predecessor, the new Qashqai represents a significant improvement in the perceived quality of materials. For example the dashboard with its imitation leather elements. The black central tunnel is also made of high-quality plastic material, which also does not attract a lot of fingerprints. Unfortunately, the contrast between this built-in satin part and the ragged can holders is very noticeable.

Contrasting interior

Despite these small flaws, the interior is solid, visually appealing and has a modern finish. However, in this setup, the instrument panel displays (12.3 inches) and infotainment system (8 or 9 inches) appear somewhat outdated. Their graphics are a bit outdated due to the low resolution and normal color scheme. Well, one would expect more practical than beautiful information from these screens, and the Nissan Qashqai can clearly convince this. The no-frills infotainment system fulfills all instructions with the same speed and purpose. Comfortable balance is enhanced by dedicated heating and ventilation controls.

Good accessibility of individual controls is also a positive, everything is in the right place or in the field of view. One reason for this is certainly the very good electrically adjustable sitting position (standard Tekna equipment). We sit perfectly and can start the 1.3 liter turbo petrol engine with mild hybrid support. Until the launch of the Qashqai E-Power to the market with a special hybrid engine (AR 13/2022), the only available engine was the four-cylinder engine with two power levels (140 and 158 hp). Our test car features the latest front-wheel drive version, and a 4×4 model is also available.

More efficient than personal

The unit, jointly developed with Mercedes, has already impressed us favorably in other models of Renault’s interest. With 270 Nm of torque available between 1800 and 3750 rpm, the Qashqai provides the necessary driving in the usual speed range. Its 1,500kg DIG-T 1.3L engine doesn’t seem to be sinking in everyday use. Only when accelerating for a long time on the highway appear slight weaknesses, ten seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km / h is not a special time. At the same time, the unit is not completely quiet. At full throttle, the continuously variable transmission operates acoustically. Its advantage is better efficiency with improved translation of the respective speed. However, our benchmark data doesn’t show any startling effects the CVT has on fuel consumption: the Qashqai consumed 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers on the AR standard lap. An acceptable value fully corresponds to the average for this category.

The notable drawback of the CVT remains the howling at full load. The engine rumbles loudly until the electronics adjust the correct gear ratio. Once you find your usual driving speed, things on board calm down, and the calm is only disturbed by some 120 km/h driving sounds. Despite the sporty configuration, the suspension works fairly comfortably, even on poor road surfaces. This chassis design ensures that the Qashqai does not lose its cool in the curve. Steering is fairly direct and body roll is reduced to a minimum.

Asymmetric Driving Aids

The Nissan Qashqai complements its touring sedan with a generous array of segment-leading aids. In addition to the usual assistance systems, Nissan offers the Pro Pilot. That includes adaptive cruise control — but only on paper, as you quickly notice. As in the luxury category, the system includes various cameras to recognize traffic lights and evaluate GPS data for compliance with the set speed. In practice, the Pro Pilot will often (also) read the wrong speed-limit traffic sign, eg an exit sign, even though you stay on the highway. As a result, SUVs brake suddenly. Even worse, the system sometimes goes wrong, even when there’s no traffic light in sight. At the current stage of development, the Pro Pilot (standard on the Tekna model) is still immature and Nissan offers no way to separate this system from the base cruise control. Fortunately, the Japanese manufacturer allows the lane departure warning system to be turned off, which confused some test drivers with the fact that professional interventions came too soon. Then you need a strong hand to stay in control. Some will appreciate this protective behavior, and others will appreciate this protective behavior.

Simple Additional Fee Policy

These shortcomings are compensated for by a rather strict pricing policy, with a starting price of 29,400 francs. However, very elaborate Visia equipment will only appeal to fleet and rental car customers. Nissan Qashqai became interesting only from the N-Connecta level (from 35,030 Swiss francs). Another advantage is the very simple options policy, which does not require a long list of options, and there is no comparison with menus that cause headaches, especially from German manufacturers. With the Qashqai in the Tekna + version, all you have to do is choose the color, the rest is included, even a panoramic roof is part of the standard equipment. Then the SUV costs at least 44,900 francs, which is about ten percent less than the price of a Volkswagen Tiguan with similar equipment. While the Qashqai no longer has the advantage of being a flagship, it still represents a strong showing among many C-Class SUVs.

The test result

Overall score 76/100

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

With a torque of 270 Nm, the Qashqai is confident in all everyday situations. However, the 158 horsepower doesn’t tear any trees apart – the CVT transmission wasn’t designed for that.

landing gear

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Despite its relaxed orientation, the Japanese SUV was able to effectively contain body movements.

inner space

Rating: 4 out of 5.

There is enough space for five people, except for luggage in which you will not have to make any big sacrifices. In general, the quality of the material is decent with some small exceptions.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Technological diversity is impressive, but unfortunately not all systems work perfectly.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Since there are no long lists of additional fees, everything is clear, simple and transparent to the customer. However, a higher quality type of equipment should be chosen. Average consumption values.


Although the Nissan Qashqai has lost its leading edge, it is still a very attractive offering in its third generation, striking the golden mean between spaciousness, comfort and technology. The trunk isn’t the most spacious in its class, and the CVT transmission can be annoying, but you can still get a lot of money for your car with this Japanese SUV.

Our technical data and measured values ​​for this model can be found in the print version and in the electronic sheet of AUTOMOBIL REVUE.

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