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UnforgottenPunk · 11/04/2021 12:51

Need a new, bigger car.

Love the Qashqai, but have heard not great things re reliability. It's what I would ideally buy.

It's that or a Kia Sportage.

Am I really setting myself up for a lot of bills with a Nissan? Or should I still to the more boring but more reliable Kia (which has the balance of a 7 year warranty)?

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Pumpkinstace · 11/04/2021 16:59

I have 17 plate grand c max and my dad drives a 66 plate QQ.

I refuse to drive my dads car. We used to swap and borrow quite a bit before but I never ever feel like I'm fully in control of the QQ.

MindyStClaire · 11/04/2021 17:14

We have a 2018 Tucson, MIL has a Qashqai. I know MIL has had a lot of trouble with hers, and with her RAV4 before.

DH had to borrow the Qashqai for a few long drives recently and didn't like it at all. He also found the boot a lot smaller which I remembered from when we were buying the Tucson. I had discounted the Qashqai purely on boot size.

We love our Tucson. They're the same car as the Kia Sportage, so unless you particularly prefer the look of one or the other, pick whatever in your area has the best spec and price.

Lol at the idea of a Tucson or Qashqai projecting a lifestyle. As one friend put it, "oh, I see you've got the had a second child car". Grin

DeeCeeCherry · 11/04/2021 17:20

My previous as well as current car is a Qashqai. Never had a problem with them, easy and economical drive, quiet engine. I'll upgrade in another 3 years or so and that will be a Qashqai too.

lljkk · 11/04/2021 17:23

Whats features do you actually want in a car, OP?

Does it need 4WD, how many people do you need to seat, how much boot room, do you tow anything, any other features you want or don't want?

I think I like the reviews at CarWow.

Muzzyarker · 11/04/2021 17:29

Just got a Ford Puma, spacious,. massive boot space, love, love, it.

peak2021 · 11/04/2021 17:48

I'd ask the first question, do you really need a new car, do you really need a bigger one? Cost according to the website of the Qashqai is almost £30k. And then what features do you like.

littlepeas · 11/04/2021 17:54

I test drive a qashqai a few years ago and hated the clutch. I’ve got a Tiguan at the moment, which is similar size, and I really love it.

littlepeas · 11/04/2021 17:55

Test drove obviously - that was autocorrect not me - it just tried to do it again!

FoodieToo · 11/04/2021 17:57

Worst car I have ever had . Got rid of a 2005 Land Cruiser to get one as I thought it would be more economical. I bought a 2011 3 years ago . Have spent about 8 k on it in that time . Something major goes every six months .
Nightmare car , never again !! I HATE it !!!!

Wanderlust20 · 11/04/2021 19:00


Have a look at the Hyundai Tucson - it's very highly specced in comparison for the price, and it handles and runs like a dream.

I second this! I looked at Sportage (didn't like the way the new face-lift model looked) and briefly thought about a Qashqui but decided they were too many on the roads! Also had a, few friends who had trouble with theirs, glad I went with the Hyundai (which has a 5 year warranty BTW, you'll get the balance even if you buy second hand).
trilbydoll · 11/04/2021 19:04

I've got a 2013 Qashqai and absolutely I like sitting high up and I like loading the kids into the car without bending double. That's why I've got it! The new ones have nowhere near as much boot space though, so I won't replace it with another one. I'll get something else high up Grin

worriedatthemoment · 11/04/2021 19:05

We have a quashquai 2014 its lovely to drive and my two tall teens in back have no issue , 3 adults is a squeeze but doable bit that seems common with lots if cars.
But recently we had an timing chainn fail ( ours is petrol)
Apparently caused by maybe not being maintained by previous owner ??
It just went and cost us a lot
Tbf to Nissan though , despite being out of warranty they did cover all the parts

Wanderlust20 · 11/04/2021 19:07

Laughing at the projected lifestyle comment - that's why I bought my SUV, cos I'm expecting and now need a higher up family car Hmm. Think that's why most people buy these cars!

worriedatthemoment · 11/04/2021 19:08

Ad for power ours is only a 1.2 engine and power seems fine
Pulls away quick enough and goes ok a 70 and thats speed limit
I don't speed around though so I may not notice power and don't try and beat people away at the lights

Skyliner001 · 11/04/2021 19:11

Quasqui is tiny inside

NoIDontWatchLoveIsland · 11/04/2021 19:12

Mazda. Last and last, not too expensive, you can get good value buying a 2 or 3 year old car in particular.

NoIDontWatchLoveIsland · 11/04/2021 19:13

A relative has a qashqai and its needed loads of expensive repairs once it got past 6 years old, whereas my older Mazda has needed nothing.

Ginuwine · 11/04/2021 19:33


Laughing at the projected lifestyle comment - that's why I bought my SUV, cos I'm expecting and now need a higher up family car Hmm. Think that's why most people buy these cars!

What's laughable about my comment? You've invented a perceived need (I am expecting - therefore I MUST have an SUV!) and they, the manufacturers, are waiting for you with open arms to fulfil that "need" and sell you your hatchback on stilts. Enjoy.

When we had DC I didn't feel the need to rush out and buy the automotive equivalent of a Sketchers shoe. My estate car did the job at the time. I don't have a horrendous back problem, and we managed to get all the paraphernalia in it, double pram and all. It even had rear wheel drive which meant, we had to be mindful about stuff like tyres in winter - the horror! My SIL has a Skoda Octavia estate. Swallows so much luggage and stuff. I'd argue it's possibly the best family car our there for interior space at the size.

Everyone is different. But I still maintain image, style and urban myths about size, safety and space plays a BIG factor in these cars purchase.
TheWernethWife · 11/04/2021 19:43

We have a Juke and love it.

FrozenVag · 11/04/2021 19:45

Please don’t OP

Mine caused me endless stress because you have to repeatedly run the DPF filter

I actually cringe when I pass one now, mine was unreliable to the core and Nissan are
Total thieves who just tell you to scrap it if they can’t find the problem instantly

EveryoneRevealsThemselves · 11/04/2021 19:50

Don't. My 17 plate was a bag of shit, so much so it was replaced with a 19 plate as a goodwill gesture. Another absolute bag of shit

This. Almost identical experience. I loved it but considering they are not cheap and in my case were brand new, it was unacceptable that big things kept going very wrong. Including having to have a brand new battery and one died (known issue) and the entire navigation/computer console died and had to be replaced. And I am a good car owner with low mileage. Not to mention that Nissan customer service is shite.

MiaowMiaow99 · 11/04/2021 19:54

We've had a couple of Sportages and loved them but fancy a change so eyeing up the Tuscon or Kona. We were told T and S made in same factory too.

berryhead2013 · 11/04/2021 19:54

We have a shortage and have had it 6 years never had a a single problem with it (touch wood)
The 7 year warranty is fab but halfway through you have to get a huge service to continue with the next half of the warranty to make it valid
It's a fab car though

Madre1972 · 11/04/2021 19:56

I love mine, had it 8 years now and nothing but usual maintenance costs, I also regularly tow a trailer with it. I’ll be sad to see her go (need a larger towing capacity now)

BrilliantBetty · 11/04/2021 19:57

DH and I share a manual QQ (2017) which I do like and a manual VW Golf(2013) which I much prefer, it drives better, it's nippy and feels more powerful, even though it isn't.

I like that the QQ is higher up but doesn't feel too big, it's not difficult to park or anything. & the QQ has been reliable, 4yrs no problems.

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