Hot Car Deals – Nissan QashqaiMoney off the best-selling crossover SUV
21 September 2012
IMPORTANT: Read the information at the bottom of this page before going ahead with any car purchase.
Launched to great acclaim five years ago, the high-riding, compact crossover Nissan Qashqai has been a huge success. It's currently the best-selling Nissan in the UK with over 28,000 examples registered this year already.
The Qashqai comes with two-wheel drive or as a 4x4, but unless you specifically need four-wheel drive, it makes sense to go for the cheaper, more fuel-efficient front-drive car.
A number of Qashqai's were recalled recently and we applaud Nissan for doing this, however it does mean you need to be wary when buying a new model.
We've found two great deals on the two-wheel drive Qashqai, as well as big savings on the Qashqai+2 - the longer seven-seater bigger brother.
Diesel Qashqai for under £16,000
We've tested six different Qashqai models and our top choice has to be the 1.5 dCi Acenta. This model recorded 49.6mpg in our fuel economy tests - not bad for a car of this size (although still not quite matching the claimed 54.3mpg).
Braking is also effective, with a responsive brake pedal and short stopping distances - the latest 1.5 dCi we tested stopped in just 34.4m from 62mph.
Standard spec on Acenta models includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof and cruise control. Discounted-new-cars.com is currently offering this model for just £15,908, which represents £3,882 off the list price.
Over £3,500 off 4x4 Qashqai
If you ever need to take your car off-road, the four-wheel drive Qashqai is a decent choice. This car maintains the high standards of safety offered throughout the range (the Qashqai scored five out of five stars in the Euro NCAP test) and adds extra grip in poor conditions.
Justclick4cars is advertising the 4x4 1.6 dCi model in N-Tec spec - which features the Nissan Connect 5-inch touchscreen sat-nav system - with a £3,700 saving, meaning it could be yours for under £21,000.
Savings on Qashqai+2
For larger families, the seven-seat Qashqai+2 is undoubtedly more practical. This car's main appeal is a slightly longer wheelbase to give more interior room, but Which? testers found this also improves the car's behaviour on the road.
The same 1.5-litre diesel engine offered in the regular Qashqai will provide good fuel economy and enough power for comfortable progress in the Qashqai+2. The entry-level Vista spec is available with £3,272 off through Nationwide-cars, dropping the on-the-road price to £16,352.
- Read our full review of the Nissan Qashqai
- Take a look at our top 10 4x4 buying tips
- Check out all the competition in our 4x4 round-up
Hot Deal hunters please note:
- The car brokers and deals featured are not vetted, endorsed or recommended by Which?. Always check the specifics of the deal so you know exactly what you are getting and who is supplying the car. Make sure all aspects of the deal are confirmed in writing before committing to buy.
- Not all brokers deal in UK sourced vehicles, and this may have an impact on standard equipment and warranty levels.
- The term ‘pre-reg’ or ‘pre-registered’ refers to vehicles that are brand new but already registered with the DVLA. This means that you will appear as the second owner on the V5 registration document.
- Beware of unscrupulous brokers who tell you they will have to retain the V5 registration document for a period of time after your purchase of the car. Vehicles sold this way may be cheap, but there are legal implications, including the risk that you the buyer could be committing a criminal offence when you drive the car, so they should be avoided.