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Everything you need to know about the Nissan Qashqai

October 30, 2022

History Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is a midsize crossover SUV from Japanese automaker Nissan. The Qashqai was presented in 2006 and the first cars were sold in 2007. The seven-seat variant, the Nissan Qashqai +2, followed in 2008. The seven-seat Qashqai 21 inches larger than its five-seat brother. The sales figures were great. At the time of its introduction, it was the most successful car in Nissan history. The Qashqai was designed as a joint effort between Nissan’s design studios in Europe and Japan. The car was designed with the aim of enhancing the SUV image and giving it a distinct look that would make it stand out among the other vehicles in its category. The Nissan Qasqai is built in Sunderland in the United Kingdom.

2004 Nissan Qashqai concept
2004 Nissan Qashqai concept

Why is the Qashqai so popular?

The Qashqai’s popularity can be attributed to many things. From its unique design to its comprehensive equipment, there are many reasons to choose this crossover. The first thing that sets this car apart from the rest is its design. The Qashqai’s designers wanted to create a crossover with the image of an SUV, but with a style that would set it apart from the rest. The result is that the Qashqai has a sleek and modern appearance, but with a still fairly sporty look that makes it more appealing to the general public. There is also plenty of room inside for five passengers and plenty of storage space in the back. A seven-seat Qashqai was also available, which was very popular with large families. Moreover, the Qashqai is also equipped with some advanced safety features to protect its occupants.

The design of the Nissan Qashqai

The design of a car can make or break its appearance. The Qashqai’s designers wanted to create a crossover that would appeal to a wide audience. It succeeded, as many people fell for its combination of looks and versatility. The sillouhet of the car is quite rectangular, but within these shapes the Qashqai has been given dynamic lines. The roofline slopes slightly. The rear newspaper is quite vertical, especially with the Qashqai +2. In 2021, the Qashqai received a facelift. Not only did the car receive a completely redesigned front end, inside the Qashqai also received some fine upgrades such as new instrument panel, better sound insulation and more storage space.


Red Nissan Qasqai first generation front end


Rear end Nissan Qasqai +2


Nissan Qashqai facelift

Second-generation Nissan Qasqai

The second-generation Nissan Qasqai was unveiled in 2017. The design was more in line with the brand’s modernized design language. The car received a sportier front end with more pointed headlights and a larger grille. The rear also looks more dynamic than the first generation. Inside, it all looks a lot more modern thanks to the integrated navigation system and the wavy dashboard, among other things.


Nissan Qasqai front end of the second generation


Nissan Qasqai rear end of the second generation

Third-generation Nissan Qashqai

In 2021, Nissan launched the third generation of the Qashqai. Its dimensions are slightly larger than its predecessor, but not much difference. Space inside did increase compared to the second-generation Qasqai. Again, the design is a bit more modern that the previous model and now fits more into the Nissan family, which also includes the Nissan Juke, Ariya and the Nissan X-trail. For the first time, the Qashqai is also available with a electrified powertrain, where the turbocharged gasoline engine is aided an electric motor. This powertrain is called e-POWER.





Nissan Qashqai rear end of the third generation

Options in the Nissan Qasqai

The Nissan Qashqai comes in a variety of trim levels, from fairly basic to richly equipped. The Nissan Qashqai Tekna is the most luxurious version. The Qashqai can be equipped with alloy wheels, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, a touchscreen for navigation and multimedia, Bluetooth connectivity, reversing camera, a premium sound system, heated front seats and a 360-degree parking camera. Furthermore, the car was also available with all-wheel drive.

Advantages and disadvantages of a Qashqai

The Qashqai comes with a rich list of options, giving it an edge over its competitors. However, the hybrid model has an added advantage in fuel efficiency and performance. The Qashqai has a comfortable but practical interior. Many people also like the high entry level. Moreover, it is available in different designs. However, the Qashqai is not a perfect car. It has a few drawbacks that car buyers should consider, such as stiff handling and low towing capacity for some motorizations.