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NISSAN QASHQAI HATCHBACK

1.3 DiG-T MH Tekna 5dr

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Fuel Type
Fuel Type Petrol
Co2
Co2 145.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Manual
Top Speed
Top Speed 122mph

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NISSAN QASHQAI 1.3 DiG-T MH Tekna 5dr

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    7
  • Handling
    8
  • Comfort
    7
  • Space
    7
  • Styling
    7
  • Build
    6
  • Value
    7
  • Equipment
    7
  • Economy
    7
  • Depreciation
    7
  • Insurance
    6

In third generation form, Nissan's Qashqai remains the definitive, volume brand mid-sized family SUV, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Background

Today, our roads are full of Crossover models, compact family-sized SUV-style hatches that blend the practicality of a family five-door with the lifestyle looks of a 4x4. Nissan didn't invent this concept but they've done more than any other brand to perfect it, most notably with this car, the Qashqai. And in its latest third generation form, this car has been rejuvenated - as we're going to see. It's strange now to think what a gamble this model seemed to represent when the first generation version of this design was originally launched back in 2007. Nissan had to make it work because they had no alternative conventional Focus-sized hatch to sell - and they did. Sales took off - and continued strongly with a second generation model launched in 2014, then heavily updated in 2017. Today of course, the mid-sized family SUV market is crowded with rivals from just about every brand. But is the original still the best? Nissan wants us to think so and has loaded this larger, smarter, sharper-looking MK3 model with all of its latest tech to make sure.

Driving Experience

It was time for the Qashqai to make the switch to electrified engineering and, sure enough, that's what we've got. Rather bravely, given that a huge proportion of previous Qashqai customers have tended to fuel from the black pump, diesel has been ditched entirely and instead, customers are being offered the choice of either a mild hybrid four cylinder turbo unit or the brand's latest e-POWER hybrid system. Almost all sales, to begin with anyway, will be of mild hybrid models, all of which use basically the same 1.3-litre DIG-T engine that was offered before (co-developed with Renault and Mercedes), though usefully embellished here with 12V mild hybrid tech. As usual with set-ups of this sort, a small lithium-ion battery gives a fraction more mid-range punch and takes care of engine stop/start duties. As usual with a Qashqai, there's a choice of 6-speed manual or CVT Xtronic automatic transmission. And the 1.3-litre engine comes in 140hp or 158hp forms, the latter available with a much improved 4WD system. The AWD set-up is said to be more intuitive and intelligent, features five driving modes (Standard, ECO, Sport, Snow and Off-Road) and shifts power to the rear wheels five times quicker than the previous system. Handling across the range should be improved by a stiffer CMF-C platform. We should say a little about the e-POWER hybrid engine too, a 1.5-litre unit mated to a l40kW electric motor and offering a total power output of 190hp.

Design and Build

This third generation Qashqai is not only a sharper looking thing, it's also a little bigger too, having needed to grow in size to keep a distance from the brand's smaller Juke SUV. It's 35mm longer, 32mm wider and 25mm taller than the previous generation model but Nissan has been careful to try and maintain the compact exterior dimensions that endeared customers to the MK2 design. There's an enlarged Nissan V-Motion grille flanked by LED matrix headlights You'll notice key changes inside at the front too, where there's a new 'NissanConnect' 9.0-inch high resolution touchscreen offering wireless 'Apple CarPlay' and, according to Nissan 'just about all that's available in the market' when it comes to app-based and connectivity features. Top models get a 12.3-inch instrument screen and a 10.8-inch head-up display that's the segment's largest. The centre console's been redesigned with extra storage. The more ergonomic seats and more adjustable. And there's a cap-less fuel filler that can be opened externally, replacing the old driver's footwell release lever. On auto models, the new space saving gear shifter for the new 'shift-by-wire' CVT auto gearbox is much smaller but replicates the physical action of a traditional lever that customers tend to prefer. Out back, the differences in the size of this MK3 model are really evident if you've traded up from the previous model, helped by a 20mm increase in wheelbase length. Knee room for rear occupants has grown by 28mm to 608mm. The boot (which can now be accessed by a gesture-controlled powered tailgate) is much bigger too, now rated at 500-litres in size (50-litres bigger than before), with a compartment beneath the floor wide and deep enough to store the parcel shelf.

Market and Model

Prices haven't risen too much, so most models will continue to be sold in the £25,000-£30,000 bracket. In the mainstream range, there are five trim levels, 'Visia', 'Acenta Premium', 'N-Connecta', 'Tekna' and 'Tekna+. Prices start from just over £23,500 for base 'Visia' trim. Generously-specified Premiere Edition models are also being offered from £29,270 for the 1.3 DiG-T 140PS Mild Hybrid Manual (6-speed), or £31,790 for the 1.3 DiG-T Mild Hybrid 158PS Xtronic automatic model. Across the standard range, there's plenty to spend extra money on if you have the budget. Large 20-inch wheels are available for the first time, as is a head-up display. And audiophiles will be drawn to the Bose Premium sound system. It features 10 speakers plus Bose's Acousticmass bass box located in the boot for a crisp, powerful sound. This Qashqai can also be equipped with the next generation of Nissan's 'ProPILOT' driver assistance technology - though mostly only if you specify the Xtronic auto gearbox. Called 'ProPILOT with Navi-link', the latest system is able to accelerate and brake the vehicle within a single-lane on a highway. This set-up takes care of steering duties and can adapt to things like changing speed limits. And 'ProPILOT with Navi-link' can communicate with the Qashqai's blind-spot radars to help intervene with a steering input correction to help prevent a lane-change manoeuvre if there is a vehicle in the blind-spot zone. Other upgrades include a 'flank protection' warning for urban situations, which alerts the driver of the risk of contact with an object on the side of the vehicle, typically when turning into a supermarket parking space. And the Qashqai can also intervene to prevent a collision upon reversing from the space thanks to an upgrade on the existing Moving Object Detection alert, applying the brakes to stop the car if a moving obstacle is detected nearby.

Cost of Ownership

We've remarked before that mild hybrid technology promises more than it ultimately delivers in terms of fuel frugality and CO2 benefits - and so it is here. The figures produced by this third generation Qashqai's mild hybrid 12V 1.3-litre DIG-T petrol units are improved, but not by very much over the equivalent powerplants of the previous model. In WLTP terms, think in the region of 40mpg on the combined cycle and around 120g/km of CO2 for both versions of the mild hybrid engine. The mild hybrid system adds just 22kg to the overall vehicle mass. When decelerating, energy is recovered through regeneration and stored in the lithium-ion battery for use in acceleration or when the car is using its stop/start system. Qashqai customers for whom efficiency is everything will be drawn to the e-POWER full-Hybrid model, which is of the self-charging (ie. Non-Plug-in') variety. This electrified unit differs from those of other Prius-like full-Hybrid powerplants in that the petrol engine is unconnected to the driven wheels and is instead used exclusively to power the electric motor. Nissan reckons this set-up can deliver better fuel economy and enhanced emissions, while also providing the instant acceleration of a pure electric car. The Qashqai e-POWER, like Nissan's LEAF full-EV, also offers an 'e-Pedal' which can be used for both acceleration and deceleration. Plus this model can drive for small distances (under two miles) with the engine off.

Summary

Building a Crossover vehicle is easy. Building one as good as this Qashqai is a whole lot tougher, as competitors have found. Nissan has done all the expected things in order to keep this third generation design current - sharper looks, engine electrification, a bit more interior space - but at heart, this Qashqai offers much the same kind of family-orientated Crossover package. Which existing customers will very much like. But will fresh converts be attracted to this rejuvenated model? That's more difficult to say. There's an awful lot of competition from an awful lot of very talented rivals out there. And the Qashqai is no longer the bargain it once was. Still, this remains a car from a brand that clearly knows its market. It's still a benchmark. And it's still a starting point for anyone buying in this segment.

Driver Convenience

  • Blind spot warning
  • Drive modes (sport, normal, eco, snow)
  • Electric speed sensitive power steering
  • Emergency and breakdown call
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Full Digital 12.3" TFT Digital Combimeter
  • Hands free power tailgate
  • Idle stop/start system
  • Intelligent Cruise control (ICC)
  • Intelligent driver alert system
  • Intelligent forward collision warning
  • Intelligent lane intervention
  • Lane departure prevention
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Moving object detection
  • Push button starter
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Traffic sign recognition with legal speed adjustment
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers
  • AM/FM audio system with DAB
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Front USB connections (Type-A and Type-C)
  • Rear USB charging only ports (Type-A and Type-C)

Exterior Features

  • 3rd brake light
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Auto rear wiper when reversing
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Bodyside mouldings
  • Chrome side window finisher
  • Electric auto folding door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with LED turn indicator
  • Fixed panoramic glass roof with electric sunshade
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Intelligent auto headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED signature rear lights
  • One touch front and rear electric windows with remote opening and closing
  • Partially body coloured bumpers
  • Privacy glass
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Rear styling plate
  • Roof rails
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Splash free rain sensing wipers
  • Super UV and infrared cut glass
  • Three blink turn signal

Interior Features

  • 12v power socket in dashboard and luggage
  • 2 way electrical driver lumbar adjustment
  • 2x Rear coat hooks
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 4 grab handles
  • 6 Luggage hooks - 4 on floor, 2 on side
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • 8 way electric adjustable drivers seat
  • Ambient lighting around centre console
  • Ambient lighting in front doors
  • Centre console storage tray
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Cloth/syntech leather monoform upholstery
  • Dark headlining
  • Driver and front passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Driver seat back pocket
  • Dual zone automatic climate control with pollen filter
  • Front centre console and armrest
  • Front cupholder
  • Front door with bottle holders
  • Glovebox with light
  • Hard trunk cover
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Luggage board system
  • Luggage space lighting
  • Manual lumbar support on passenger seat
  • Manually adjustable passenger (slide recline + lifter)
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat back pocket
  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Rear door bottle holders
  • Soft PVC kneepad
  • Steering wheel switches
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
  • Two rear isofix child seat anchorage points with top tether
  • Welcome light and doors with console tray ambient lighting

Packs

  • Connectivity Pack - Qashqai
  • Drive assist pack - Qashqai
  • Heat pack - Qashqai
  • Tech Pack (Drive Assist + HUD)

Passive Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
  • ABS, ESP, EBD and brake assist
  • Active brake limited slip
  • Auto hold function
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Curtain and front side, far side airbags
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Driver, passenger and 2 row rear seat belt reminder
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Intelligent blind spot intervention
  • Intelligent front emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist recognition and junction assist
  • Intelligent rear automatic braking
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Vehicle dynamic control

Security

  • Capless fuel filler
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Nissan i-key
  • Remote central door locking with deadlocking
  • Thatcham Cat.1 alarm

Wheels

  • 19" alloy wheels

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.196
  • HC
    0.009
  • HC+NOx
    0.019
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    66
  • NOx
    0.01
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    145
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    145

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1332
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    81.4
  • Engine Code
    HR13
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    6.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    44.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.3
  • Badge Power
    140
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    DiG-T MH
  • Coin Series
    Tekna
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    13E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    140
  • Engine Power - KW
    103
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    177
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    24.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    240
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1650
  • Top Speed
    122

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1625
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4425
  • Wheelbase
    2665
  • Width
    1835
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2084

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    55
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1935
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1427
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    479
  • Max. Loading Weight
    552
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    700
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1383
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.1

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