Nissan Qashqai Buyer’s Guide

The Nissan Qashqai has been one of the most popular cars on the market since its launch back in 2007. Offering both style and practicality, the Nissan Qashqai is a great choice for anyone who is looking for a great family car. 

By offering SUV styling but with the fuel economy of a family Hatchback, the versatile Qashqai gave traditional family cars such as the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf a run for their money.

The latest generation (MK2) was launched in 2014. Due to their practicality and reliability, you should easily be able to find a used model to suit most budgets with ease. 

What are they like to drive?

Whilst the exterior is all SUV, the Nissan Qashqai handles more look your traditional hatchback. The steering is responsive and handles corners with ease. Plus, due to its compact size, parking is a doddle.

Qashqai’s practicality and family-focused credentials are backed up by a top Euro NCAP crash test rating.

What engine should I go for?

If you plan on doing a lot of driving in your Qashqai, we’d strongly recommend that you go for one of the Diesel options available. The 1.5-litre unit is responsive to drive and can get you up to 70mpg – practically unheard of in an SUV. 

If you don’t plan on doing a lot of miles, the 1.2-litre Petrol model will get you up to 48 MPG. You can expect a refined, smooth drive from this model.

What issues should I be aware of when buying a Nissan Qashqai

If reliability is a key factor for you, the Qashqai could be the car for you. Most of the key components found in the car have been tried and tested over the years with few faults, meaning you should get years of top, reliable use. 

A few owners have reported the car’s rear shock absorbers breaking. Other drivers have reported issues with the engine’s turbo. We’d recommend that before buying any used car that you take it for a test drive to look for these issues. 

Want to find out more about getting approved for a new Nissan Qashqai? Check out the Motorly Used Nissan Car Finance Page.


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