In a market saturated by (mostly) really good quality small SUV/crossover offerings, Nissan’s QASHQAI is a must-drive proposition.
There’s a choice of two engines on offer in the QASHQAI range; 106kW/200Nm 2.0 litre petrol and a 96kW/320Nm 1.6 litre turbo diesel and the Nissan offering is front-wheel drive only.
The entry-level petrol model, the ST, comes with the petrol engine and a manual transmission and prices start from $25,990.
An auto Nissan QASHQAI in the ST grade will set you back from $28,490.
While standard features in the base model are generous and include:
- 17” alloy wheels
- Four-speaker stereo
- Tilt and reach steering adjustment
- Reverse camera
- Cruise control
- Power windows
- Power mirrors
Nissan charges $495 for most shades of its metallic paint selection available on the QASHQAI.
Things we like about it:
- Five star ANCAP safety rating
- Economical and torquey diesel engine
- Economical petrol engine
- Standard features on entry-level model
- Build quality and solid feel
- On road manners
- Interior design/space
- Sub-floor storage space in boot
Things that we aren’t so keen on:
- Pricing is a bit high compared to some rivals
- Digital Radio not available
- No all-wheel drive option
- Nissan 3yr/100,000km warranty behind South Korean rivals