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Should I buy a Nissan car?

By Martin Pratt

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Nissan cars like the Qashqai and Juke are a common sight on UK roads - our Nissan brand overview will help you decide whether to buy one.

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Nissan has for many years been the biggest-selling Japanese car brand in the UK. It has famously made some very bold decisions with its models that have really paid off in terms of sales.

For instance, Nissan invented the 'crossover' SUV market with the Qashqai - half way between a 4x4 and a regular hatchback. It has since become one of the UK's bestselling cars. A similar story has happened with the smaller and even more adventurously styled Juke crossover.  

Nissan is one half of a joint operation with Renault. While it shares some components with the French company, it very much retains its own identity.

Although much of Nissan's production happens at factories worldwide, the company has a major foothold in the British economy. The Nissan factory in Sunderland produces more cars than any other brand in the UK. It manufactures the Juke, Leaf, Qashqai and X-Trail, as well as the Q30 and QX30 for Nissan's premium spin-off brand, Infiniti.

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How much do Nissan cars cost?

Nissan is one of the larger mainstream brands in the market, competing with the likes of Toyota, Ford and Hyundai. Its cars are priced competitively among these rivals, very much in the family car heartland.

Many of its cars are eminently affordable, such as the Nissan Micra small hatchback (priced from around £12,500), Nissan Juke (from around £15,000) and Nissan Qashqai (from around £20,000).

The popularity of models such as the Juke and Qashqai means there are lots of second-hand options around. Because they're viewed as desirable, they tend to keep their value well. Nissan often has competitive monthly PCP rates, too.

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Choosing the best Nissan car

Nissan has a pretty broad range of cars at present. For a while it pursued a bold strategy of offering only 'niche' cars like the Qashqai and Juke crossovers - a decision that turned out to be tremendously popular. But the stand-out styling of Nissan's high-riding Juke/Qashqai pairing doesn't appeal to everyone.

That's why the company has added conventional hatchback models back into its range, such as the Micra small car and Nissan Pulsar medium-sized car.  

Nissan has also traditionally been strong in the 'proper' 4x4 market, with models like the Nissan X-Trail. Nissan offers a couple of sports cars too - the Nissan 370Z and thrilling Nissan GT-R

Meanwhile, Nissan’s pioneering strategy with electric cars has been rewarded by the Nissan Leaf being the bestselling full-electric car in the UK.

Find out how Nissan's cars perform against its rivals - see all of our new and used car reviews.

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