Nissan Qashqai Hatchback Review

The Nissan Qashqai is an SUV with a smaller frame than most models. It was designed to offer the practicality and aesthetic appeal of an SUV while being a more eco-friendly, economic, and easier to drive vehicle – it was built to mirror that dynamics of a hatchback. It’s a vehicle that brings together two car designs and blends them seamlessly into one unique vehicle that’s made to offer the ultimate driving experience. Ranging in price from $25,000 to over $35,000, there’s a Nissan Qashqai for every driver.

When the very first Nissan Qashqai was launched in 2007, it had few competitors. In fact, it was the car that started the trend of SUVs as family cars, and as hard as it might be to believe, back then, it was a vehicle design that was seen as being a bit of a gamble. When it first launched, it was traditional hatchbacks that ruled the roost, with the majority of drivers choosing these for their family cars. Fortunately, for the manufacturers of Nissan, the vehicles smart, stylish design and elevated driving position made it a huge success.

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The second generation of Nissan Qashqai was launched in 2013 and came with a few key updates, all of which made the model even more popular. When the 2017 Nissan Qashqai launched, it once again came with a selection of updates, made to ensure that the model remained as on-trend as ever.

The design of the vehicle has changed ever so slightly since 2013 with the front end being the most noticeable change thanks to its completely new shape. The rear lights and bumper have also been revised and redesigned, adding to the new look and feel of the 2017 model.

The vehicle’s interior benefits from a thicker, flatter steering wheel, slimmer front seats to help improve leg room, and a Bose sound system – the best to ever be fitted in a Nissan vehicle. The trim inside the vehicle has been updated and is made of a higher quality plastic than before. The interior design of this model is strong and sturdy and made to withstand the rigors of family life. With over a 1000 liters of boot space available and a smart set of shelves that can be moved around in a range of ways to accommodate almost any load, the Nissan Qashqai comes through when it comes to space, making it the ideal family car.

The big thing about the 2017 Nissan Qashqai is the fact it has an amazing piece of tech coming in 2018 – ProPilot. This incredible piece of technology is set to control the steering, brakes, and acceleration for when you are driving on the motorway or in congestion. It’s the next step up from cruise control, and it’s set to be amazing. To learn more about Nissan’s new ProPilot technology visit

The engines fitted in the new Nissan Qashqai 2017 are the same as the ones used in older models. These are turbocharged four cylinder engines for both petrol and diesel, with the most eco-friendly and economical option being the diesel engine.

This model is offered in both 2-wheeled and four-wheeled drive, depending on the preference of the driver. To get a feel for which option is the best fit for each individual, we would recommend testing out both options and leasing the one that you prefer for a short period from somewhere like, to get a real feel for how it drives. Being a larger car, the Nissan Qashqai needs all the power it can get, and sadly the petrol engine doesn’t deliver this, so the diesel engine is, without a doubt, the best option. That being said, the diesel engine isn’t necessarily the best in the world – it’s loud and struggles to achieve the 130 horsepower promised. However, thanks to its additional door sealing and thicker glass, it is a quieter car to drive than it was previously.

The Qashqai may not be the most exciting vehicle to drive, but it is a comfortable one. It’s smooth and easy to drive, for the most part, plus it’s easy to control and is fitted with ergonomic seats, making it a comfortable car to drive.

All of the Nissan Qashqai’s safety systems have been improved, meaning that it is a vehicle that’s relaxing to drive. Aside from the improved safety features, there’s one new feature that stands out, and that’s cross-traffic alert. This technology helps the vehicle to detect approaching traffic caused by a backup of traffic, helping to prevent road traffic accidents from occurring.

Ranking among the best smaller SUVs, the Nissan Qashqai has plenty going for it; it’s smart, spacious, family-friendly, and enjoyable to drive.

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About Sean Mackay

Sean writes about cars, golf and events going on in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the editor for The Automotive Review – an automotive publication bringing a West Coast flavour to its editorials.

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