Behind its new look, the 2017 Nissan Qashqai vintage will try to hold up against younger and stronger than him. It remains the star of sales in Europe among crossovers, until further notice. The Japanese is also offered equipment revised upward, and a slightly modernized chassis.
Everything smiles at the Nissan Qashqai, but as the doyen of the market, commercial success seems to be weakening. It may well have invented the juicy niche of compact crossovers in 2007, and the second generation has confirmed this position of leader and pioneer at its arrival in 2014, the years are beginning to be felt. Everyone has put it, especially, and brilliantly.
A Seat Ateca is more agile and powered by more modern mechanics, a Peugeot 3008 can boast of offering the most interesting compromise comfort / dynamism of the category, and the Kia Sportage plays thoroughly the price / performance ratio card.
One of the main arguments of Qashqai, precisely. Overview of new things that should give a breath of fresh air to the Nissan crossover for the return.
The Qashqai remains the best selling compact SUV in Europe, useless a priori to change this silhouette that pleases. On the other hand, the front side is in line with the rest of the Nissan range. The grille is sharper, the large chrome V reminds the Micra, and directional full LED lights are standard on the top finishes .
At the rear, the design of LED lights evolves and the lower part of the shield receives two gray inserts, from the level of intermediate equipment N-Connecta. A little more dynamic to the eye, but no upheaval.
Interior: the weight of years
The new three-spoke flat-ground steering wheel, a bit sporty, is standard on all Qashqai. Few things to report for the rest of the cabin, with at best a 7-inch screen, not very big, and still a lot of buttons. Without being a fan of excessive digital and all-touch, we tick on the layout and look very classic, a bit dated, the dashboard.
The whole is rather well built, without leaving the lot, but new foamed plastics appear (sides of central console, lower part). The big novelty is the high finish Tekna Plus, which receives a new upholstery Nappa leather patterned watch bracelet very DS inspired. Rather rewarding, and comfortable. Welcoming, too: the space is very correct in the rear seats. Luggage is worse off, the trunk is one of the least spacious in the category (430 liters).
Facilities: techno parade
The equipment is quite rich from the second level of Acenta range . Panel Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking and Parking Av / Ar Radar are now standard. Even better on the Tekna versions, which receive blind spot alert and semi-automatic parking assistance.
Always safety side, the Qashqai can also receive a side traffic alert in reverse. Nothing is missing, except… the big innovation announced for this restyling, planned only from early 2018!
Namely, a semi-autonomous driving function called ProPilot , which intervenes on acceleration, braking and maintenance in the queue. Nothing revolutionary in itself, but the system was unfortunately unavailable during our test. It’s a first in the segment, but not sure it’s enough to stand out…
Nothing new on the motor side, but he hardly needed it. After a lack of low-end punch recovery, the 1.6 dCi 130 hp is still doing its job, without being too greedy despite the full transmission of our test model (just under 7 l / 100 on our course)… but not always discreetly.
Too bad, the soundproofing has been improved in the side windows and wheel arches, but ultimately only translates to noise rolling and aerodynamic steady speed. There is the best on this point, it’s true, but the clicks of the dCi are a little too much in revival.
Always fun to lead, the Qashqai benefits from new chassis settings. Not to the point of metamorphosing his behavior, homogeneous, but the suspension contains better the roll and the direction became a little more precise. Without being at the level of a Peugeot 3008, champion in terms of road benefits, the Qashqai offers a fairly balanced behavior and a general approval interesting. Provided you avoid the 19-inch rims (standard from the Tekna finish) that tend to pound on the wrong road.
Note that our model equipped with the all-wheel drive is equipped with a multi-link rear axle, unlike traction versions (mostly sold) which retain a semi-rigid rear axle, a little less mobile. Too bad, only the Diesel dCi 130 is offered in 4-wheel drive.
Count € 37,600 for our Qashqai 1.6 dCi 130 Tekna Plus with AWD. Of course, this richly equipped top of the range is far from representing most of the sales. The range starts at 22.950 € with the 1.2 gasoline 115 hp, 500 € up, offset by the additional equipment.
In the heart of the range, a 1.5 dCi 110 hp (99 g, 3.8 l / 100 km) N-Connecta suitably equipped requires € 29,250 . Except our test model approved at 129 g / km of CO2 (60 € of penalty), all Diesel are exempted from malus.