Nissan Qashqai (2014) Review

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Nissan Qashqai (2014) At A Glance

3/5

+Improved interior over previous Qashqai. Very smooth and quiet ride. High torque 1.3-litre petrol engines from 2019 a vast improvement.

-No longer the market leading crossover Leg room in the back should be better. Small boot. 1.2 DIG-T has common problems with stop/start and losing power.

New prices start from £21,595, brokers can source from £16,660
Insurance Groups are between 13–20
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

The Nissan Qashqai is the UK’s best-selling crossover and it isn’t difficult to understand the mass appeal, with its frugal engines and smooth ride quality making it an agreeable choice for those in need of a comfortable and refined family car.

On paper the big selling Qashqai is a market leader, but in the metal it is quickly becomes clear that Nissan's fallen behind the SEAT Ateca and Kia Sportage when it comes to practicality and in-car tech. That said, the Qashqai gets the basics right and can be something of a bargain for those willing to hunt out a pre-reg deal. 

From launch, the Qashqai has three engines to choose from, with the 110PS 1.5 dCi diesel being the most efficient with advertised economy peaking at 74mpg and 99g/km of CO2. The 130PS 1.6 dCi packs more power and gets the option of a CVT automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, while the 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol with 115PS provides the sole petrol option.

Over the years the Qashqai's powertrains have been extensively revised with a 163PS 1.6 DIG-T petrol being added to the range in 2015. In 2019 a 1.3-litre petrol, available in 140PS and 160PS replaced 1.2 and 1.6-litre engines, while its advertised 53mpg provides an affordable alternative to diesel. 

Regardless of which set-up you choose, the Qashqai is seldom sharp or engaging to drive. The steering is numb and the pedals are decidedly lacking in feedback.

Few will ever buy a crossover for performance though and despite the woolly handling the Qashqai is easy to drive in town or the motorway. Only those who live in rural areas or tow caravans will need to sacrifice precious fuel economy for all-wheel drive.

While accomplished and attractive – especially when you factor in Nissan’s affordable range of PCP deals – the Qashqai does have a few blots on its report card with leg room and boot space being the chief areas of disappointment. As a result things can get somewhat cramped when the Qashqai is loaded with luggage and a family of four. 

The cabin feels somewhat old compared to the Qashqai's newer rivals, while the infotainment looks distinctly aftermarket with blocky graphics, slow screen changes and a confusing menu layout. The low set of the infotainment screen also makes it difficult to read when on the move.

That said, all versions are well-equipped as standard, which means even a mid-spec Qashqai has pretty much everything an everyday driver will need. 

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Real MPG average for a Nissan Qashqai (2014)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

80%

Real MPG

26–71 mpg

MPGs submitted

1528

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Do turbo engines have to work harder than naturally aspirated ones?
"I have a 2013 Nissan Qashqai 1.6 petrol. I am looking to change it, but the newer ones all seem to have smaller engines with boosters. Does that mean that the engine will work that much harder and so not last as long as the older type?"
Turbochargers mean smaller engines can be more powerful and, in theory, can return better fuel economy. They also have more power lower down in the rev range, meaning they're easier to drive day-to-day. You're right that there are question marks over the long-term reliability of some turbocharged engines, but the 1.3-litre used in the Qashqai is too new for us to have had any issues reported.
Answered by Andrew Brady
My car doesn't meet the Ultra Low Emissions Zone standards - what car do you recommend I buy to tow a 1420kg caravan?
"I live in London within a mile of the proposed new extended boundary of the South/North Circular for the ULEZ, due to start in October 2021. I drive a 2013 Kia Sorento CRDi, which I need to tow my caravan (1420kg). As my Kia does not conform to the Euro 6 Emission standards, I need to change it to a car that does. However, if the goalposts change and even more stringent diesel standards are introduced, I'll be back to square one and out of pocket again. Could you perhaps suggest a suitable petrol engine car that will tow my van comfortably (preferably an automatic) and be within a budget of around £20k. Or will a newer diesel meet the current standards?"
You'll need a large petrol SUV to tow 1420kg. And a budget of around £20,000 will limit your choices to used versions of the Kia Sorento 1.6 T GDi, SEAT Ateca 1.5 TSI and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Alternatively, if you opt for a Euro6 diesel, the Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi would be worth looking at. Especially given the number of cut-price offers that are currently available for nearly new diesels: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Nissan/Qashqai/?age=1&l=0&miles=100&s=PriceAsc The SEAT Ateca can be picked up for under £20,000 with delivery mileage too, but can't quite match the value of the Qashqai: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/SEAT/Ateca/?age=1&l=0&miles=100&s=PriceAsc
Answered by Dan Powell
I've discovered that I can't have a towbar fitted to my new car - what are my rights against the dealer?
"I am having problems getting a towbar fitted to my Nissan Qashqai. They never told me that the car was fitted with an Adblue tank and because of that I cannot fit a tow bar. I would have never have bought it If I was told that. "
If you asked about fitting a towbar before you bought it you can reject the car. If you didn't then you will have to negotiate to buy a replacement to which a towbar can be fitted, probably a petrol model. This probably happened as a result of the new WLTP emissions regulations and would not have been anticipated by the dealer.
Answered by Honest John
My new car arrived with an engine light on - should I reject it?
"I am taking a delivery of brand new Nissan Qashqai. While testing the car at the dealer earlier today, the engine light came on and it wouldn't go off. I haven't taken the car as the dealer said they will be checking it and will confirm when they know what's going on. I would be grateful for any advice. Are these things common in your experience? Do I need to look out for something specific before accepting the car if dealer okays it? I have told them i will need complete assessment in writing before i accept the car so would be grateful for any pointers."
Simply reject the car as "not of satisfactory quality" as is your right under The Consumer Rights Act 2015 and preceding Acts and Case Law and demand your money back. If the dealer refuses to take it back, demand a substitute car until your new car is fixed. If he refuses to do that as well, see a solicitor and take immediate legal action. If the dealer choses the second option, fully detail your complaint in writing, send it to the dealer principal by Post Office Special Delivery, keep a copy and staple the certificate of posting to the copy so it becomes a matter of record for the courts.
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What does a Nissan Qashqai (2014) cost?

Buy new from £16,660 (list price from £23,510)