Before we get behind the wheel of the new Nissan Qashqai, our first contact with this third generation already allows us to place it against the competition. Has he returned to the level?
Since 2007, the Nissan Qashqai has become a roller coaster expert. After flooding the European market at the end of the 2000s as a pioneer of general-purpose family SUVs, it is now dumped . Admittedly, the Japanese did not disappear from the screens, but imagine that in 2019, it attracted only 11,000 buyers in France. With us, it is three times less than in his heyday. In front of him now stand the inevitable Peugeot 3008 (45,000 copies), but also the Dacia Duster (30,000 copies), Citroën C5 Aircross (26,000 copies), Renault Kadjar (19,000 copies) or even VW Tiguan. (13,000 copies) to name a few.If we exclude from this list the Duster who really plays a separate score, that still leaves a lot of opponents that the Japanese must catch up to get back in the saddle . Can he do it ? First comparison against competitors.
We will let each judge the style of the new Qashqai but one thing is certain, its size is now very close to the competition. A little longer than before ( 3.5 cm), wider ( 4 cm) and higher, here it is now in the ribs of other mid-range SUVs, around 4.50 m long and 1 , 85 m wide. It seems trivial, but the Japanese had no other choice but to grow a little to offer more to its occupants and not lose the livability side , we will come back to this.
|Nissan qashqai||4.43 m||1.84 m||1.60 m||2.67 m|
|Peugeot 3008||4.45 m||1.84 m||1.62 m||2.68 m|
|Renault Kadjar||4.49 m||1.84 m||1.61 m||2.65 m|
|Citroën C5 Aircross||4.50 m||nc||1.65 m||2.73 m|
|Volkswagen Tiguan||4.49 m||1.84 m||1.63 m||2.68 m|
A more modern interior
Frankly revamped on the outside, the Qashqai has mostly changed on the inside. This transformation is all the easier since it has abandoned its old architecture to inaugurate the latest evolution of the Alliance’s CMF-C platform . Among the last to display “real” counters, the Qashqai has therefore exchanged its hands against a 12.3-inch digital panel. On this point, he comes up to the opponents 3008, C5 Aircross or VW Tiguan.
Multimedia side, it is also a revolution for the Japanese. Goodbye to the little screen that is not very responsive and lost in the middle of the buttons on the dashboard, make way for a 9-inch high touchscreen element . More readable and accessible than that of the Tiguan, it is also more pleasant to use than the interface of the 3008, C5 Aircross and Kadjar. Without forgetting that the Japanese have remained faithful to “physical” air conditioning, to the benefit of ergonomics. Once behind the wheel, everything is pretty much to hand. On this point, the Qashqai therefore returns to the front.
Another major development observed on the third generation: the quality of manufacture. Nissan knew it was expected in this area and did not miss the turn. The new Qashqai is thus much more rewarding than a Kadjar and is worth at least a C5 Aircross or a Tiguan . On the other hand, the prize for modernity always goes to the 3008, whose i-Cockpit continues to seduce and whose interior trim remains up to date.
A warm welcome on board
As we said above, the new Qashqai has grown. In addition to a more marked presence on the road, this allows it above all to better accommodate its occupants . This applies especially to the rear since the front passengers were not particularly badly off. We have not yet released the meter but our first impressions on board already allow us to draw some initial conclusions. On the bench, knee space seems better than on board the 3008, which is not a benchmark in this area. If the C5 Aircross must be recognized for having opted for a bench with three seats, especially beneficial for children, that of the Qasqhai is no less comfortable.. But the palm of the rear roominess still goes to the Tiguan, in particular thanks to its sliding seat.
And since it\’s all about habitability, the Qashqai\’s trunk hasn\’t changed much compared to the older generation. Its capacity announced at 504 dm3 is therefore in the good average, as is the possibility of compartmentalizing it .
A clearly restricted engine range
In the technical chapter, the new Qashqai has made marked choices. The first of these is undoubtedly the total absence of diesel. Although the decline of diesel in car production is well underway, purely and simply doing without this fuel for a family vehicle with “rolling” vocation represents a risk. Only three engines are available: two versions of the original Renault 1.3 turbo petrol 4-cylinder (140 and 158 hp) , to be coupled with the automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive depending on the engine, as well as a new e-Power version, that is to say 100% electric but having a thermal engine to generate.
Opposite, the main competitors of Qashqai still offer gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid . Only the Kadjar remains behind on this point, but the next generation, expected next year, will certainly remedy it . As it stands, the Qashqai will deprive itself of customers who still rely on “fuel oil” to drive at the cheapest price.
|Model||Gasoline||Diesel||Plug-in hybrid||Electric||4 wheels driving|
|Nissan qashqai||140 or 158 hp||no||no||e-Power||Available|
|Peugeot 3008||130 hp||130 hp||225 or 300 hp||no||Available|
|Renault Kadjar||140 or 160 hp||soon BluedCi 115||no||no||Not available|
|Citroën C5 Aircross||130 hp||130 hp||225 hp||no||Not available|
|VW Tiguan||130 or 150 hp||150 or 200 hp||245 hp||no||Available|