3. Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai kick-started a revolution when it was launched in 2006: it began a whole new class of car, the crossover. This new 2014 Nissan Qashqai builds on the Qashqai’s original strengths by offering 4x4 styling without the high running costs.
Launched at the start of this year, the new Nissan Qashqai has already proven a strong competitor in the crossover class. Power comes from a choice of four engines: 1.2 and 1.6-litre turbo petrols, plus 1.5 and 1.6-litre diesels. The three trim-levels available on the Nissan Qashqai are Acenta, Acenta Premium and the flagship Tekna.
The new Nissan Qashqai adds a huge range of clever in-car technology, some impressively economical petrol and diesel engines and a choice of manual or Xtronic automatic gearboxes. The interior quality is as good as it gets in what is now a crowded crossover class that includes rivals like the Skoda Yeti, Kia Sportage and Mazda CX-5.
Thanks to extended dimensions, space and practicality inside have been improved - although they’re not class leading and there’ll be no replacement for the 7-seat Qashqai +2 model. There’s more clever tech under the skin too, making sure the new Qashqai is comfortable and secure to drive.