What is it? The new Nissan Qashqai is a facelift package for the elder statesman of the crossover market.
Key features: Significant visual changes, better quality, more equipment.
Our view: The upgrades to the Nissan Qashqai improve an already effective model and will keep it competitive against younger crossover rivals.
Type of review: First UK drive.
Nissan Qashqai – the car that created the crossover segment, as its makers never fail to tell us. And today, as each manufacturer unveils yet another new crossover model in what is the UK’s fastest-growing sector, we always compare it first to the Qashqai.
A decade after its launch (we celebrated its birthday with a special feature), the Nissan Qashqai has at least 21 direct competitors, with more arriving all the time. And several of those have been launched since the current, second-generation version of the Nissan appeared in 2013.
So in order to keep adding to the 2.3 million sold so far, 4,500 in the UK claiming 10% of the entire segment, a facelift is necessary. The revamp follows the usual menu – styling changes, more equipment and better quality.
All this rates alongside one other factor that might sway some customers towards the Qashqai – it’s a British car, designed at Nissan’s studio in Paddington, engineered at Cranfield in Berkshire, and built, at a rate of around half a million a year, in the massive plant in Sunderland.