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1 October 2020

Should I buy a Nissan?

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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Oliver Trebilcock

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 not only the Qashqai and Juke, but also the popular X-Trail 4x4 and Nissan's flagship electric car, the Leaf.

To see how all the Nissan cars we've tested scored, head straight to our Nissan car reviews.

Nissan Qashqa

Nissan Juke 2019

How reliable are Nissan cars?

Nissan cars are reliable – or so the company's reputation would have you believe. But does the reality live up to the expectation?

Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Nissan owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to three years old, and also cars aged between three and eight years old. 

Which? members can log in and use the table below to find out just how reliable Nissan cars really are. Not yet a Which? member? Join Which? to unlock all of our reliability ratings and our online reviews.

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Table notes

We surveyed online 47,013 members of the general public covering 55,833 cars. Survey in field December 2019 to February 2020.

Find out how Nissan's reliability compares with its rivals – check our car brand reliability tool.

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 £17,395) 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 (Personal Contract Purchase) rates, too.

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 such as 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 such as 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 (pictured above) being one of the bestselling full-electric cars in the UK.

Find out how Nissan's cars perform compared to its rivals - see all of our Nissan car reviews.

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