2022 Nissan Qashqai Review: Price, Features And More

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The UK’s favourite SUV, the Nissan Qashqai, has been redesigned with bold looks and a mild hybrid engine range for 2021.

  • New third generation Nissan Qashqai confirmed for 2021
  • Futuristic design
  • Brand-new infotainment system and other tech
  • Advanced ProPilot safety tech standard
  • Available to buy or lease now
  • Pricing starts from £23,535 purchase/£238 per month leasing
  • Mild hybrid engines available and enhance efficiency

Nissan has given the new Qashqai range a front-end akin to the striking appearance of its other successful crossover, the Juke. If that wasn’t enough, there are more choices of colours and a suite of advanced technology systems designed to make you feel connected to the car like never before.


Read our full review of the 2021 Nissan Qashqai to find out how much it costs and what you can expect from its driving experience if you were to choose one.


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2021 Nissan Qashqai design

2021 Nissan Qashqai in blue

For starters, you’ll notice a very different look about the new Qashqai, and that’s because it has been built on the Common Module Family (CMF-C) platform.

As well as using more lightweight materials, this new platform means the car is slightly larger than before. An extra 35mm in length, 32mm in width and 20mm in height has been added.

What’s most striking about the new Qashqai look is how the new chrome-stripped grille and slick C-shaped headlights add a bunch of personality to the car.


2021 Nissan Qashqai interior

All-new 2021 Nissan Qashqai interior

If you thought the outside of the new Nissan Qashqai was radically different, wait until you see the inside. An overhaul of the dashboard sees a digital cockpit come in that looks really tidy.

A central 9.0in infotainment display is coupled up nicely by a 12.3in driver’s screen that nestles sits pretty behind the steering wheel. This is your setup if you go for the well-equipped mid-level N-Conntecta grade, which we recommend over the entry-level Visia.

However, if your budget can’t stretch this far, the Acenta Premium is a solid compromise. It has a slightly smaller 8.0in display but compared to the 7.0in digital meter display you get on the Visia trim it certainly feels like an upgrade.

One cool feature Nissan has included as standard on all Qashqai trim levels is white ambient lighting. Taking tech one step further, the well-equipped Tekna specification comes with a smart head-up display.


2021 Nissan Qashqai practicality


Every aspect of the Nissan Qashqai has increased in size from the generations before it, so space for passengers and your stuff is much better.

Sitting five in the car is easier than it was before because kneeroom, headroom and boot space has increased.

On the latter, the Qashqai’s boot is now 504 litres instead of 430 litres in the older model.


2021 Nissan Qashqai features


Take a look at our table below comparing the driving, tech and comfort features of each Nissan Qashqai trim.


2021 Nissan Qashqai engines


Three engines are available for the new Nissan Qashqai – two 1.3-litre petrol units and a mild hybrid engine. If you’re just after a standard combustion engine, the petrol engines are a good choice, with 140bhp or 160bhp versions to choose from. Just like the other Qashqai models before it, fuel-efficiency is expected to be very good, especially because both of them are hooked up to a mild hybrid system that allows the engine to cut off

In terms of a gearbox, there’s a six-speed manual gearbox as standard powering the front wheels. All-wheel drive versions of the Qashqai will use an automatic transmission if you prefer easier shifting.

Completely new to the Nissan Qashqai range is a full self-charging hybrid engine labelled ‘E-Power’. With a 157bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine coupling a 190bhp electric motor, this model is expected to be the most powerful in the range.


2021 Nissan Qashqai driving

All-new 2021 Nissan Qashqai pictured in the dark

Though we haven’t had the chance to test drive the new Nissan Qashqai, the typical refined yet enjoyable experience is expected to continue.

The Qashqai has never been intended to be a ‘fun’ drive – if that’s what you’re searching for, we’d recommend looking at sportier rivals such as the Seat Ateca and Kia Sportage.

Nissan has included a new suspension and steering design which is expected provide a rewarding driving experience. An updated Macpherson strut set-up on the front and rear should deliver more control to the car’s handling. The new platform should also contribute to a composed, quiet drive even on rougher road surfaces – a godsend if you’re a regular on UK roads.

Finally, the Qashqai’s power-steering set-up has been upgraded to offer an improved response and better feeling out on the road.


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