The Rundown: 2016 Nissan QASHQAI

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
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows
  • Power mirrors
  • Air-conditioning

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
  • Styling
  • 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
About the author

Joel Helmes

Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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