Nissan has never been afraid to be bold, but many people thought it was mad when it turned its back on the conventional family car market to focus on crossovers and 4x4s.
Still, the original Nissan Qashqai went straight to the top of the class – something the Almera and Primera it replaced had never managed – thanks to its high driving position, decent packaging and comfortable ride.
Clever part-time 4WD keeps fuel bills down, and as it was so popular, there are loads to pick from on the used market – meaning prices are low.
The Nissan Qashqai debuted in March 2007, with 1.6 or 2.0-litre petrol engines or a 1.5 dCi diesel; a 2.0 dCi arrived soon after. A six-speed manual box was standard on all bar the 1.6 petrol, which had a five-speed manual. The 2.0-litre petrol was available with a CVT auto, while the 2.0 diesel could be specced with a regular six-speed auto. A seven-seat Nissan Qashqai+2 arrived in October 2008, with the same engine and trim options as these five-seater models.
In April 2009, the n-tec trim was introduced to the Nissan Qashqai range, while a facelift a year later brought a revised nose, dash and suspension plus extra soundproofing, as well as a 1.5 dCi Puredrive option 129g/km. The 2.0 dCi was superseded by the cleaner, smoother, more refined 1.6 dCi in September 2011, and an all-new Qashqai arrived in dealers late last year.
Service all Euro V-engined Qashqais every 12 months or 18,000 miles; for Euro IV cars, it’s 12 months/12,500 miles. This costs £225-£415 for petrol models and £245-£420 for diesels. The exception is the 1.5 dCi – it needs a new cambelt (for £350) every five years/75,000 miles.
The brake fluid (£40) and fuel filter (£80) have to be renewed every two years/20,000 miles, with fresh coolant needed every three years/37,500 miles (£60). Air-con should be inspected every three years. A recharge is £79.
|Model||Insurance group||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Annual road tax|
|2.0 dCi 2WD||20-21||42-44mpg||167-183g/km||£205-£225|
|2.0 dCi 4WD||21-24||40-42mpg||177-184g/km||£225|