Nissan Qashqai: The Asian “Cash Cow”

Nissan Qashqai

The Qashqai, seems like every automaker out there is making money from the SUV boom. Looking at the global market there are undeveloped and are growing an appetite for crossovers. With that in mind it won’t be a bad idea as an automaker to invest heavily on SUVs, somehow they are the new hatchbacks on stilts, and oddly enough that is what you get with the Nissan Qashqai.

What’s in a Name?

If you are wondering what the name Qashqai means, then let me enlighten you, it’s a moniker derived from the Qahqai Turkic people who live in the mountainous region of Southwestern Iran. It was known as Dualis in the Japanese and Australian market for its first generation. It was named this as the Japanese automaker was worried that it would be punned as “cash cow” in its domestic market. However, the press still used the pun (us included) ironically and in its second generation Nissan dropped the name and stuck to Qashqai.

The History

The Qashqai was first unveiled as a concept, back in the 2004 Geneva Motor Show, later it featured as a production model in the 2006 Paris Motor Show. Production started in in Sunderland at Nissan’s Tyne and Wear plant in December 2006. This was the first model to be styled by Nissan Design Europe.

Current Model

Currently, the Qashqai has reached its second generation J11 which was unveiled in London back in November 7, 2013 at a live streamed event dubbed #nextgen. Later in the Brussles International Motor Show of 2014 it premiered. After its premiere the Qashqai J11 went on to be awarded the What Car? “Car of the Year” 2014.

In its domestic market the Dualis nameplate was removed. The model as a whole was scrapped off completely from the Japanese market, with the smaller Juke being offered instead. In the American market the new generation Qashqai is offered alongside its predecessor the Dualis.

The Variants

The Qashqai is available in five trims:

  • Visia
  • Acenta
  • n-tec
  • n-tec+
  • Tekna

Nissan Qashqai

The Powertrain

Powering the Qashqai is a variant of a four cylinder engine which has petrol and diesel trims. The most powerful engine is the 1.6L four cylinder petrol which turns out 161 bhp and 240 Nm of torque. This engine is able to accelerate 0-62 mph in 9.1 seconds. As for the most powerful and efficient diesel it is the 1.6L dCi 4×2 four cylinder engine which raves up 129 bhp and 320 Nm of torque.


Inside the cabin of the Qashqai you’ll receive imperious styling and practicality. Expect Bluetooth and climate control on the entry level Acenta. However, if you want front and rear parking sensors and other safety kit you’ll have to pick the n-tec trim.


The new Qashqai definitely looks flashier than its predecessor. From the front the Qashqai has a sharp nose with some swank looking angular headlights.

Our Verdict

This is a nice all-round small family SUV that is by far class leading, and a car that every family should consider. The Qashqai has one serious defect and that is it doesn’t have upgradeable packages. If you want more features you need to go up a trim. Also, the ride tends to get a little jittery on rougher terrain. Oddly enough, the cash cow proves to be value for money.

If you are thinking of buying the Nissan Qashqai you’ll have to budget from £ 18,545.

Is the Qashqai a class-leader or an also-run? Have your say, leave a comment.

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