2014 Nissan Qashqai review – What Car?

2014 Nissan Qashqai review – What Car?


For many people in the UK, the Nissan Qashqai
is the definitive family car. It promises to be safe, comfortable, practical, attractive,
even affordable to run. The problem is there are many other similar
cars that promise pretty much exactly the same thing so why should you choose the Qashqai
over the likes of the Mazda CX-5, the Skoda Yeti, the Hyundai ix35, the Mitsubishi ASX,
the Peugeot 3008, Suzuki SX4 S-Cross… Now there is no point pretending that anyone
is going to buy this car and chuck it around in search of a few cheap thrills. Instead,
most Qashqai buyers would much rather that their car rides smoothly and doesn’t make
their kids feel carsick in the back. Now thankfully, this car does everything that you would expect
and hope as far as that is concerned. Although though you are sit quite high up
here, the Qashqai deals pretty well with corners, and you don’t get that much in the way of
bodyroll. Now like pretty every other car in this class, you do get a fair few jolts
that come through the cabin when you encounter potholes and the like but it is much better
when it comes to bigger bumps like speedbumps etc. Now Nissan says this is thanks in part to
a clever litter system that does things like apply the brakes when you go over bumps. Too
be honest though, you never never notice it on a normal drive so it doesn’t impact on
how you use the car on a day-to-day basis. There is a selection of engines available
in the Qashqai and, as ever, it is well worth considering what type of driving you are going
to be doing before you make your final pick. The small 1.2-litre petrol, for example, is
best perfect if you are going to be doing a lot more in the way of town driving but
it feels a little bit lifeless if you get out onto longer runs and on the motorway.
Now if you if you are going to be doing that more often, then the diesel engines are a
much better bet. The 1.5, less powerful version, is very quiet
and relaxed, an the 1.6 version comes with a fair bit more power, but The biggest diesel
does have a useful amount of extra power, so that is useful when it comes to towing
or carrying lots of people on a regular basis, but the payoff is, it is a little bit noisier. The Qashqai does the basics really well in
the cabin. Everything feels solid and well built to deal with family life rather than
covered in posh materials that will show up lots of finger marks etc. That’s not to
say things don’t feel nice though – there are lots very nice soft-touch materials around
here, and this gloss black around the central console lends a real feeling of smartness
to the dash. There is a good level of adjustment to both
the steering wheel and the seat as well, so different-sized family members will be able
to get comfortable easily and quickly. It is a shame thought, that if you want adjustable
lumbar support you have to go for one of the higher trim levels, otherwise it is not included. You get two types of infotainment system in
the Qashqai. You get a fairly simple version on the basic models, but step up a bit and
you get this colour touchscreen which is thankfully very simple and clear to use. You don’t
control everything through the touchscreen though – you get a selection of clear and
chunky buttons down the side and at the bottom so you can do things underneath so you can
adjust the temperature easily while you are on the move. The biggest downside to the front part of
the cabin is the view out of it. These massive great big pillars here, and the even bigger
ones at the back, mean that you are going to end up peering around them to see where
you are going when you pull out at junctions. The Qashqai comes with a choice of four trim
levels – Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna and the best two of those are the two
slap bang in the middle. Entry-level Visia does get the basics, you get Bluetooth, cruise
control and air conditioning, but we would step up to Acenta cos there you get stuff
like dual-zone climate control and auto lights and wipers. Acenta Premium is also worth considering
cos then you get stuff like this panoramic glass roof and front and rear parking sensors
and this rear parking camera. Now if you look at the purchase price alone
then the Qashqai is not the cheapest car out there, but if you factor in the fact that
it is going to be worth a little more than its rivals when you come to sell it in a few
years time then it’ll cost you less in the long run. Also, the 1.5-litre diesel is the best bet
if you want to maximise fuel economy, and if you are running it as a company car then
it emits less than 100g/km of CO2 so it’ll keep your company car tax bills nice and low
as well. Nissan as a brand has done very well when
it comes to our reliability surveys so it shouldn’t let you down as far as that is
concerned. And it has got a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. But however reliable, comfy or good to drive
the Qashqai is from up front, that all that means very little if it isn’t practical back
here. And on first glance the Qashqai’s boot is
nothing spectacular, but that is no bad thing – it just does what it is supposed to do.
It is a good even shape, it’s got a very low, flat entry lip and is very consistently laid
out – there are no funny bits sticking out at any point. And this adjustable boot floor
is fantastic. You can set up in many different ways and you can even stash the parcel shelf
underneath if you need to. Bear in mind that you don’t get it on every version – the
entry-level models have to do without unfortunately. There aren’t any clever tricks when it comes
to folding the back seats, but there don’t really need to be. They drop simply – one
quick movement – and give you a totally flat loading bay all the way through. If you want to actually sit in the seats,
there is a good amount of headroom and legroom, even with this panoramic sunroof in. Although
it is a little bit more restricted in the middle in terms of foot room, you can get
a third adult in the middle as well. So there is nothing particularly fancy about
the Nissan Qashqai, but there doesn’t really need to be. It is unfussy family transport
that goes about its business without bamboozling you with an array of tricks. However, it is good to drive, it’s smooth,
it’s got an efficient set of engines and there is a hefty amount of practicality in that
boot. In many ways, it is the best at what it does. For more information search for Nissan Qashqai
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32 Comments

  1. Ok car but the steering has the least feel I've ever experienced in any car. Testdrive it yourself though, because maybe you like it as it is, you never know. Don't trust the reviews only!

  2. A comfortable & reliable all rounded SUV/Crossover with ample performance & acceptable fuel consumption. Its all you need. Nissan has set the standard for the rest to live up to.

  3. I have that previous version 2L petrol Cvt tekna, and 3 only things that i feel to be better are Steering ( at highway speeds its quite num ), it is not silent as from road noise ( wheels, well finlands roads are made bit bigger pebble ( euro area 6 to 8mm stone, in finland 16mm stone in tarmac ..) and engine well it does drink petrol bit too much 9.5l/100 in city area even i try to be as gentle as i can with throttle ))…. but i still like it :-). 

  4. The 2014 Qashqai looks like the new X Trail and soon to be launched Nissan Pulsar. The character has been lost as Nissan applies a bland corporate look to it's range. At least the love it or hate it Juke has been spared, so far!

  5. My review of my 2014 Qashqai
    Parking sensor problems , chassis control breakdown ,stop start works intermittently
    The car has been in for correction four time and at 2000 miles it is still unfixed
    Nissan Technical do not know what they are doing and Nissan Customer care don't give a fig
    Broke down completely at 1750 miles …

  6. I visited the dealer, I am a taller person and the central console was very annoying for my knee, I wasn't able to avoid the contact with it!!

  7. Their diesel cars are anything but quiet. I have owned the new Qashqai for one year now, it's the popular 1.5 diesel engine.  It is the most noise producing engine I have ever driven – in five years of motoring.  It sounds so agricultural in all revs (both high end and low end) and very very clattery around town, sounding like an old bus!  And the wind-whistle is horrendous.  I agree it has a very classy interior, loads of space, very practical, feels safe on the road and looks amazing.  At motorway speeds it's a brilliant cruiser and very economical.  But alas I think the hype around this vehicle cannot be met in real world situations.  And after a year of ownership (from new showroom delivery) and driven sensibly and well looked after, I feel qualified to share a more balanced view 🙂  Also the car has had MANY electrical failures and has been into the dealerships for safety repairs on average once every two months for the year I've owned it.  And Nissan Customer Service is shocking at best.   Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic car.  But like many others, it's got it's flaws.  And the awful engine noise for me was a deal breaker.  I'm selling it on after a year and getting something else.

  8. I bought a new 1.5 dCi Qashqai in September 15 and I regret that I did. Since day 1 the Stop/Start system has failed to work and the dealer is unable to fix it as it requires a software patch from Nissan. There is no indication as to when this software fix will become available – the dealer has been unable to get any date from Nissan. Meanwhile, every time I turn on the ignition I get a "Stop/Start System Fault" display on the dashboard and, of course, I cannot avail of the fuel saving facility that it is designed to provide. I have checked with other Nissan dealers and they all confirm that the Stop/Start problem is very common with the new model Qashqais. My advice is to avoid the Nissan Qashqai as the chances are you too will experience this fault.

  9. I've just test drove a Tekna DCI 1.5 110bhp and 1.6 130bhp and the 1.6 seemed quieter to me, yet he says 1.6 is noisier…. oh well. I opted for the 1.6 as at speed it had enough power to overtake without having to drop 2 gears as i did in the 1.5. At lower speed the 1.5 was quick enough but I felt that it struggled top end. Mind you, my previous car was 160bhp insignia, so if you're changing from a less powerful car the 110bhp 1.5 will probably suit just fine.

  10. Worst car I ever had. Rattles Mpg crap Breaks down You'll have no chance Nissan helping you out don't believe me ? Buy one

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