How to choose your Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai is one of the UK's most popular family cars, but with a host of engines, trim-levels and options to choose from, it can be difficult to know which is the best Nissan Qashqai spec to go for. This buying guide can help.
Nissan Qashqai: two- or four-wheel drive?
The Qashqai has chunky SUV looks and a high-set 4x4-style driving position, but you don't have to go for the heavy, expensive four-wheel-drive system. The two-wheel-drive version is much cheaper to buy and to run, but it also comes much closer to its rival, the VW Golf, than the 4x4 Qashqai comes to the similarly-sized four-wheel-drive Land Rover Freelander.
Best Nissan Qashqai engines
There are two petrol- and three diesel engines to choose from. We'd stick with either of the 1.6-litre units. The 115bhp 1.6 petrol needs to be worked hard but it should suit the needs of most private buyers, and has respectable average fuel economy of 45.6mpg.
If you (or your company) prefer diesel power, the 128bhp 1.6 dCi is a gem. It has plenty of power, yet it averages 62.8mpg and emits just 119g/km of CO2.
The 1.5-litre diesel is underpowered, while the 2.0-litre diesel and petrol versions are too expensive. We'd also stick with the manual gearbox, rather than the automatic CVT gearbox that are available with some engines as it can make them very noisy if you work them hard.
Best Nissan Qashqai trims
There are five Qashqai trim-levels: Visia, Acenta, N-tec, Qashqai 360 and Tekna. All are reasonably well equipped. Entry-level Visia cars come with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, a CD player, four electric windows and a Bluetooth hands-free telephone kit.
We'd go for Acenta, though, which adds front foglamps, cruise and climate controls, automatic wipers and headlights, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels and lumbar support on the driver's seat.
The N-tec+, Qashqai 360 and Tekna cars have lots of high-tech features, and a light, airy cabin thanks to a panoramic sunroof. However, their prices do start to look prohibitively high.
Best Nissan Qashqai options
Metallic paint is always a good option – it gives the car a smart look and makes it easier to sell on when the time comes. Nissan charges £500 for this option.
The Nissan Connect option pack is definitely worth the money. For £700, it adds a colour reversing camera, a decent sat-nav system, CD player and integrated Bluetooth.
Take a look at Nissan's protection pack, too; for £150 you get mats and mudflaps. It's worth asking your dealer to throw these in for free to seal the deal.
There are other personalisation options to make the car feel unique – aluminium side steps (for £479) or chromed mirror caps (£185) – but you'll never get that money back in the price you'll get for the car when you sell it on, so we'd avoid them.
Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi Acenta 2WD £21,295
Metallic paint (£500); Nissan Connect (£700);
Protection pack (£150
Total price: £22,645
How to get the price down
Our Target Price mystery shoppers say you can knock off at least 9% from the list price of a Nissan Qashqai if you're prepared to talk the dealer down. Remember you can negotiate on the price of the options you choose, too.
Maximum you should pay for our recommended Qashqai after negotiations: £20,539