When the Nissan Qashqai was first introduced in 2007, there were plenty of things that were new and different about it - aside from the name (pronounced cash-kai). Billed as the first crossover car, the Qashqai provides all of the easy handling of a compact hatchback, combined with the practicality of an SUV. It single-handedly kickstarted the nation’s obsession with the taller, more spacious crossover car. 

Now in its second generation, the Nissan Qashqai is regularly seen on the lists of Best Small SUV and Best Crossover and is the most popular new crossover car in the UK, outselling the VW Tiguan. Not bad, when so many other crossovers have now joined the market.

Why Should I Buy A Used Nissan Qashqai?

Leather Interior of Nissan Qashqai Tekna

As we’ve already mentioned, a used Nissan Qashqai provides more space than a hatchback but easier manoeuvrability than a full-sized SUV, giving you the best of both worlds. A range of trims provide a good selection to suit your own personal taste with even the entry-level model being fairly well equipped. 

The standard Visia includes 17” alloy wheels; cruise control; LED daytime running lights; electric and heated door mirrors; and manual air conditioning. Not bad for the ‘basic’ level! Step it up a notch with the Acenta trim which throws in automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers; leather steering wheel and gear knob; sat nav and dual-zone climate control into the mix.

All trim levels have Bluetooth connectivity and a touchscreen driver information centre to co-ordinate car information as well as music (with four speakers), media and sat nav (where applicable). The N-Connecta trim adds a further two speakers as well as a rear view camera, parking sensors and rear privacy glass. It also boasts the convenience of keyless entry and push-button start. Boost your field of vision with the 360 trim which, as the name suggests, provides a 360-degree view of the car’s surroundings through the use of additional side cameras.

For extra safety equipment, you should take a look at a used Nissan Qashqai N-Tec+ which comes with  Front Collision Avoidance, Lane Departure Warning and traction control to keep you on the straight and narrow. The top-of-the-range Tekna is even more impressive with Park Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and panoramic opening sunroof, all polished off with 19” alloy wheels.

How Comfortable Is a Used Nissan Qashqai?

Nissan Qashqai Tekna rear seats in leather

It’s not just the driver assistance features that make a used Nissan Qashqai comfortable and easy to drive. A high quality interior, with very touchable trim and easy-to-find buttons makes for a pleasant environment for both driver and passengers. Adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, and a steering wheel that moves both up and down as well as in and out, allow you to make the most of the raised driving position that commands a great view of the road.

The cabin is spacious and well insulated against sound. It helps that the suspension absorbs most bumps along the road, providing a smooth ride that you might not expect from a small SUV. The seats are roomy, and feel and look great, whether you choose fabric or leather upholstery. With 430 litres of boot space (1,585 with rear seats folded) you can comfortably accommodate luggage, prams, golf clubs or a bit of shopping. 

Whatever the weather, the Nissan Qashqai copes well. Convenient heated windscreen and wing mirrors, as well as cosy heated seats make winter driving less of a chore while air conditioning or dual-zone climate control help keep you feeling fresh in those sticky summer days.

Depending on your preference, there’s a choice of two petrol engines. In line with most brands now offering economical alternatives, a small but efficient petrol option is available in the form of a 1.2-litre engine as well as a larger 1.6-litre petrol engine if you feel the need for faster acceleration. However, at a fairly commendable 50 mpg (compared to the 1.6-litre’s 44 mpg), the smaller petrol engine offers better economy as well as lower road tax which must be considered when it comes to affordability.

Of course, diesel lovers haven’t been left out of the equation either with a further two options in this area. A 1.5-litre and a 1.6-litre. Not much difference, you would think. The smaller diesel engine does provide better efficiency - in the region of 10 more miles to every gallon of fuel (60 mpg vs 50 mpg). If you can bag yourself a diesel registered before April 2017 when the VED rules changed, you’ll also benefit from low or £0 road tax, making it comfortable on your pocket too!

Is a Used Nissan Qashqai Stylish?

Side view of Nissan Qashqai, demonstrating wing mirror indicator

A used Nissan Qashqai seems to be a winner when it comes to comfort, features and economy, but how does it look?

It’s often difficult to blend stylish and practical but the Qashqai seems to do this easily. With a rear spoiler, roof rails and a selection of finishes, including metallic paints, a used Nissan Qashqai is sure to catch the eye. And if you’re a gadget lover, you’ll certainly find the more highly specced vehicles that we’ve already mentioned very attractive indeed. 

Alloy wheels and sharp lines provide an impressively strong exterior appearance. Wing mirror indicators, chrome detailing, black honeycomb front grille and Daytime Running Lights providing added interest. In the cabin, ambient lighting, armrests and leather steering wheel and gear knob (model dependent) provide all of the elegant touches you need for a sophisticated drive.

Another attraction is the Nissan Qashqai’s safety rating with five-star NCAP performance, consisting of 88% adult occupants, 83% for child occupants and 79% safety assist. Not bad for a car that hasn’t had a refresh since 2014.

Don’t take our word for it… try a used Nissan Qashqai for yourself. Take a look at our extensive range and book a test drive today!