The Nissan Qashqai is one of the very first crossovers to hit the Australian market and after its debut, a whole slew of other crossovers have come out marketing a hatchback on steroids. So, it has quite the reputation for being the first entrant into this new segment and Nissan has been doing a very good job of holding it too. The Qashqai currently offers 1.2 litre and 1.6 litre options for their petrol engine and 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre for their diesel engines and that pretty much opens up the market for a whole range of buyers.
The entry model is pretty well stacked – with a 5 inch colour screen with NissanConnect and Bluetooth connectivity, electric windows for the whole car, cruise control, height adjusting driver’s seat,17-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and cloth trim. The Qashqai also gets the full 5 stars on the ANCAP rating, so families worried about safety can definitely buy into this model with no qualms.
The Qashqai has got quite a good reputation when it comes to its steering and handling from its time as the first in its segment and we found that the electro-mechanical steering helps a lot with that since it comes with Normal and Sport setting, if you can find it amongst all the menus Nissan has provided you on its control panel. The Qashqai gets a bit of a variation in steering with these settings so that you experience a pretty good amount of resistance to body leaning and more stability when you’re on the road.
As a crossover, the Qashqai also provides you a bit more control when it comes to the bigger bumps in the road, without being too cumbersome at its size. But you’ll have to watch that you don’t attempt to take it off-road, because at heart it’s still a hatchback car and while potholes and curves are easy enough to handle, it can’t quite climb hills and take on terrain.
For drivers, the steering wheel and the seats all have a good amount of flexibility for adjustments and we found the Qashqai very friendly to passengers with lots of legroom even at the back. But while you’ll have a bit more light and the illusion of space, it’s actually eating into the headspace a little. There are storage cubbies and cup holders scattered around the interior and the soft touch surfaces and leather trim here and there leave a nice ambience for all who get in.
The space in the boot is pretty decent too, with 430 litres of space and a split floor which allows the boot to be amazingly versatile – the carpet can be flipped over depending on whether you’re loading wet or dry items, and the panels can be propped to split the boot into 2 separate sections.
As a small SUV, the Qashqai ticks all the boxes, especially if you are looking for a pretty sharp looking family car that has a bit more punch than a regular hatch. If you’re looking to explore more into the possibility of owning a Qashqai, then get in touch with us and let us help you out with finding the best car finance deals it so you can turn that possibility into a reality!