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Nissan Qashqai Review 2021


The Qashaqai was first introduced by Nissan back in 2007 and remains one of the most popular family cars.  This small SUV had a refresh in 2017 bringing more dramatic styling and improved interior. The 2019 version brings a range of upgraded engines.


There are two petrol and two diesels to choose from.

Petrol Engines

Whatcar “ reckon the entry-level 138bhp 1.3-litre petrol engine (Dig-T 140) is the best choice for most buyers.” It claims to give 49.4 mpg. Nissan reckons more than half of Qashqais sold will be the 1.3-litre petrol. Only available as a manual.

If you need to tow a caravan or need an automatic you’ll want to go for the 158bh version. It offers an extra 200kg of carrying capacity (it will tow 1.5 tonnes) Dig-T 160

Diesel Engines

If you drive a lot of miles then to cut fuel costs consider the 113bhp 1.5-litre diesel (DCI 115). 

A 148bhp 1.7 diesel will join the range and will be the only variant available with four-wheel drive option. DCI 

Sat Nav and Infotainment

The base model Visia comes with a rudimentary infotainment system without touchscreen, but with a USB socket, bluetooth and DAB radio.

Move up to Acenta Premium or higher trim level and you get New NissanConnect Navigation and Entertainment System operated with 7” touchscreen; with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, TomTom Connected Services and Shark Fin Antenna

The infotainment system looks similar to the old one but the new processor brings more speed to load times and responsiveness.

Interior Space and Storage


Head room is good for adults but if you are over 6 foot you might not want to go for the Tekna+ which comes with panoramic roof; as it eats into headspace. Legroom is adequate but not class-leading.

Storage includes a deep glovebox, a pair of cupholders and door bins that can each hold a large drinks bottle. There is also a storage area ahead of the gear lever.

Rear space

As with the front seat if you are over 6 foot then we suggest you don’t go for the panoramic roof, otherwise you will have plenty of headroom.  2 adults up to 6 feet tall should be comfortable sitting in the back, any taller and you could find leg room a problem.

Boot space

There’s no change to the size of the boot in this new model; with seats up the boot holds 430 litres, with seats down it’s 1598 litres. 

All but entry-level Visia models come with a false boot floor which is useful in several ways. You can raise it to create separate underfloor storage, with the bonus that its upper position smoothes out the tailgate loading lip and the step created when you fold down the rear seats.

You can also slot one of the floor sections in vertically halfway along the boot to create a divider that stops your shopping bags from flying around.

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