Nissan Qashqai Crossover Review

Whether you’re a fan of them or not, Nissan is the brand to thank for kickstarting the crossover revolution in the UK. If you are considering choosing a used Nissan Qashqai for your next car, read our review below…

The Qashqai, which debuted in 2007, was once regarded as an ‘extreme’ example of a new trend in the automotive market. The Nissan Qashqai was at the forefront of the class of vehicles that we now call crossovers; vehicles that meld a high-riding driving position with the dimensions of a family hatch and smidgen of rugged, ready-for-anything attitude.

First impressions would have you believe that it’s an SUV, owing to its vast ground clearance, some 10cm above the class norm, although its rounded panels give the impression of an MPV too. The interior may not be the most creative, but it is superbly functional. Everything is where you’d expect and the vehicle is built with a clear focus on robustness. A high window line and large centre console makes you feel well-secured in your seat, rather than feeling cramped.

The Japanese manufacturer knows how to create a clean-handling family car, the Nissan Primera being a prime example. The company’s European engineering team have clearly worked hard to create a Nissan Qashqai with decent manners, yet still have a fun streak about it.

The car rides incredibly well too, flowing over broken surfaces with a degree of class rarely seen in this market. It owes this to a very loose leash in regard to body roll, not the kind that makes you feel uneasy however. This is far better controlled by some clever damping, giving you softer springs for a comfortable ride but eliminating the pitch and roll you might expect.


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