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Nissan Qashqai (2014 – 2021)

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Summary


The Nissan Qashqai is a medium-sized SUV/crossover, built here in the UK at Nissan’s Sunderland plant. It is the UK’s biggest-selling British-built car, and one of the top-selling cars in the country.

The current model was launched in 2014, with a facelift in 2017 and further updates in the second half of 2018. Production has now ended, with an all-new replacement launched in Summer 2021.

The Nissan Qashqai scored plenty of good reviews from various UK media sources throughout its life, but in recent years there have been a huge number of similar models from rival manufacturers that are just as good – if not better – in many areas.

In August 2020, Which? magazine publicly called for the Qashqai to be recalled for a battery problem that affected more than one in five owners surveyed, and led to the Qashqai to be dubbed the car with the highest breakdown rate in its annual car owner survey.

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Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £19,995 on-road

Launched: Winter 2014
Last updated: Autumn 2018
Replaced: Summer 2021


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: February 2014

88%

ADULT OCCUPANT

83%

CHILD OCCUPANT

69%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

79%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Model tested: 1.3-litre petrol manual 140hp
Date tested: November 2020

6.1 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

4.5 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Nissan Qashqai has received

2020

  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Car for City Driving

2016

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small SUV

2015

  • Auto Express Awards – Crossover of the Year
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small SUV

2014

  • What Car? Awards – Car of the Year
  • Auto Express Awards – Crossover of the Year
  • Tow Car Awards – Tow Car of the Year + 1,400-1,549kg caravan category

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Nissan Qashqai (2014 – 2021)The second-generation Nissan Qashqai was the UK's top-selling British-built car for most of its life, but was overtaken by better rivals.