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Nissan Qashqai 3 (J12) Crossover (2021)

Neoscore 3%NEX score 54%

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Product Overview

The 3rd-gen Nissan Qashqai (J12) is a compact crossover primarily marketed in the European market. It is related to the Nissan Rogue, sharing its Common Module Family C (CMF-C) platform, though the Qashqai is more compact.
Still, the J12 Qashqai is physically larger than its predecessor, being longer, wider, and taller. Nissan has also employed more lightweight materials to reduce its weight in an effort to improve efficiency and handling. These physically changes result in increased interior space, particularly for the rear seat passengers, as well as cargo capacity.
In Europe, two engine options are available, with a mild hybrid 1.3L turbocharged petrol engine as standard and a 1.5L petrol hybrid as an option. The petrol-powered variants are paired to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT; the manual cars are all FWD only, while AWD is available for the CVT models. The hybrid model, marketed as "e-Power", is only available with the CVT and FWD.
As has been the trend in recent years, the new Qashqai focuses on delivering a significant upgrade in technology. While the Qashqai remains an entry-level compact vehicle, it is now endowed with a 9-inch NissanConnect infotainment display with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and wireless Apple CarPlay support, a 12.3-inch digital dashboard that only a generation ago was exclusive to luxury cars, and a 10.8-inch Head-Up Display (HUD), among other features.
Last but not least, the 2021 J12 Qashqai comes with full LED matrix headlights.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 3% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Cheap to buy
Cons
  • Very ugly
  • Horrible build quality
  • Horrible 0-100kph time
  • Only available with tiny engines
  • Waste of raw materials

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 54% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent handling
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Fantastic range-topper
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Not the most fun to drive
  • Lack of excitement
  • Noisy at motorway speeds
  • Pricier than its predecessor
  • No e-power hybrid
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Specifications

Variants:
1.3 140
1.3 158
1.3 AWD CVT
1.3 CVT

Capacity

1.3 140Cargo Capacity
479 L / 16.9 cu-ft ~ 1447 L / 51.1 cu-ft
1.3 158Cargo Capacity
436 L / 15.4 cu-ft ~ 1447 L / 51.1 cu-ft
1.3 AWD CVTCargo Capacity
436 L / 15.4 cu-ft ~ 1422 L / 50.2 cu-ft
1.3 CVTCargo Capacity
436 L / 15.4 cu-ft ~ 1447 L / 51.1 cu-ft
Fuel Capacity
55.0 L / 14.5 gal
Passengers
5
1.3 140Payload
476 kg / 1049 lbs
1.3 158Payload
469 kg / 1034 lbs
1.3 AWD CVTPayload
470 kg / 1036 lbs
1.3 CVTPayload
474 kg / 1045 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated discs
Brakes | Rear
Disc
Power Steering
Electric Steering
Suspension | Front
MacPherson strut
1.3 140Suspension | Rear
Semi-independent, Torsion beam
1.3 158Suspension | Rear
Semi-independent, Torsion beam
1.3 AWD CVTSuspension | Rear
Multi-link
1.3 CVTSuspension | Rear
Semi-independent, Torsion beam
1.3 140Tire Size
215/65 R17, 235/55 R18, 235/50 R19
1.3 158Tire Size
215/65 R17, 235/55 R18, 235/50 R19, 235/45 R20
1.3 AWD CVTTire Size
235/55 R18, 235/50 R19, 235/45 R20
1.3 CVTTire Size
215/65 R17, 235/55 R18, 235/50 R19, 235/45 R20
Turning Circle
11.1 m / 36.4 ft

Construction

Body Style
5-door mild-hybrid Crossover
Platform
Nissan CMF-C platform

Dimensions

Size | Height
1625 mm / 64.0 in
Size | Length
4425 mm / 174.2 in
Size | Width
1835 mm / 72.2 in | 2084 mm / 82.0 in (mirror unfolded)
Track Width | Front
1580.0 mm / 62.2 in
Track Width | Rear
1586.0 mm / 62.4 in
1.3 140Weight
1330.0 kg / 2932.1 lbs
1.3 158Weight
1347.0 kg / 2969.6 lbs
1.3 AWD CVTWeight
1502.0 kg / 3311.3 lbs
1.3 CVTWeight
1393.0 kg / 3071.0 lbs
1.3 140Wheel Size
7.0J x 17, 7.5J x 18, 7.5J x 19
1.3 158Wheel Size
7.0J x 17, 7.5J x 18, 7.5J x 19, 8.0J x 20
1.3 AWD CVTWheel Size
7.5J x 18, 7.5J x 19, 8.0J x 20
1.3 CVTWheel Size
7.0J x 17, 7.5J x 18, 7.5J x 19, 8.0J x 20
Wheelbase
2665 mm / 104.9 in

Performance

1.3 140Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
10.2 sec
1.3 158Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
9.5 sec
1.3 AWD CVTAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
9.9 sec
1.3 CVTAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
9.2 sec
1.3 140Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
9.7 sec
1.3 158Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
9.0 sec
1.3 AWD CVTAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
9.4 sec
1.3 CVTAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
8.7 sec
1.3 140CO2 Emission
131 g/km
1.3 158CO2 Emission
128 g/km
1.3 AWD CVTCO2 Emission
140 g/km
1.3 CVTCO2 Emission
125 g/km
1.3 140Fuel Economy
5.8 L/100km / 40.6 MPG (combined) | 7.0 L/100km / 33.6 MPG (urban) | 5.0 L/100km / 47.0 MPG (highway)
1.3 158Fuel Economy
5.6 L/100km / 42.0 MPG (combined) | 6.9 L/100km / 34.1 MPG (urban) | 4.9 L/100km / 48.0 MPG (highway)
1.3 AWD CVTFuel Economy
6.2 L/100km / 37.9 MPG (combined) | 7.3 L/100km / 32.2 MPG (urban) | 5.5 L/100km / 42.8 MPG (highway)
1.3 CVTFuel Economy
5.5 L/100km / 42.8 MPG (combined) | 6.4 L/100km / 36.8 MPG (urban) | 4.9 L/100km / 48.0 MPG (highway)
1.3 140Top Speed
196.0 km/h / 121.8 mph
1.3 158Top Speed
206.0 km/h / 128.0 mph
1.3 AWD CVTTop Speed
198.0 km/h / 123.0 mph
1.3 CVTTop Speed
199.0 km/h / 123.7 mph
1.3 140Towing Capacity
700 kg / 1543 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1400 kg / 3086 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)
1.3 158Towing Capacity
700 kg / 1543 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1650 kg / 3638 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)
1.3 AWD CVTTowing Capacity
750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1800 kg / 3968 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)
1.3 CVTTowing Capacity
725 kg / 1598 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1800 kg / 3968 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)

Powertrain

1.3 140Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (transverse), Front-wheel drive
1.3 158Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (transverse), Front-wheel drive
1.3 AWD CVTDrivetrain Layout
Front-engine (transverse), All-wheel drive
1.3 CVTDrivetrain Layout
Front-engine (transverse), Front-wheel drive
Emission Standard
EURO 6d-ISC-FCM
Engine | Bore
72.2 mm / 2.8 in
Engine | Compression Ratio
10.5:1
Engine | Displacement
1.3 L / 81.3 cu-in / 1332.0 cc
1.3 140Engine | Displacement
1.5 L
1.3 158Engine | Displacement
1.3 L
1.3 AWD CVTEngine | Displacement
1.3 L
1.3 140Engine | Power
140.0 hp / 104.4 kW @ 5000 rpm
1.3 158Engine | Power
158.0 hp / 117.8 kW @ 5500 rpm
1.3 AWD CVTEngine | Power
158.0 hp / 117.8 kW @ 5500 rpm
1.3 CVTEngine | Power
158.0 hp / 117.8 kW @ 5500 rpm
1.3 140Engine | Specific Output
105.1 hp/L / 1.7 hp/cu-in
1.3 158Engine | Specific Output
118.6 hp/L / 1.9 hp/cu-in
1.3 AWD CVTEngine | Specific Output
118.6 hp/L / 1.9 hp/cu-in
1.3 CVTEngine | Specific Output
118.6 hp/L / 1.9 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke
81.3 mm / 3.2 in
1.3 140Engine | Torque
240 Nm / 177.0 lb-ft @ 1650-4000 rpm
1.3 158Engine | Torque
260 Nm / 191.8 lb-ft @ 1800-4000 rpm
1.3 AWD CVTEngine | Torque
270 Nm / 199.1 lb-ft @ 1800-3750 rpm
1.3 CVTEngine | Torque
270 Nm / 199.1 lb-ft @ 1800-3750 rpm
Engine | Type
Turbocharged direct-injected petrol inline-4 engine with 4 values per cylinder
1.3 140Engine | Type
E-Power I4
1.3 158Engine | Type
HR13DDT I4 turbo
1.3 AWD CVTEngine | Type
HR13DDT I4 turbo
Transmission | Gears
6-speed
1.3 AWD CVTTransmission | Gears
6-speed
1.3 140Transmission | Type
Manual
1.3 158Transmission | Type
Manual
1.3 AWD CVTTransmission | Type
CVT
1.3 CVTTransmission | Type
CVT

Production

Availability
2021
Debut
2021-02-18
Made In
UK

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score 52%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The exterior of the Qashqai is far more distinctive than the interior. It feels plush enough to have a little premium sheen, but isn’t so posh that you would be afraid to let the kids go a bit wild in the back. The touchscreen system feels a little clunky and counterintuitive – but then again, unlike with the Golf’s, it doesn't feel glitchy or irritating.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score 53%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
It's a significant step up in quality over the old car, particularly on the outside, where you get consistently tight panel gaps and glossy paint finish. Where the Qashqai really needs to make strides over its predecessor, however, is on the move, where cars like the Mazda CX-30 and Seat Ateca have shown the Nissan to be a little on the stodgy side. The reduction in weight should help, as should a new electric power steering system.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent handling
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Pricier than its predecessor
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive

autocar[3]

Sentiment Score 52%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The exterior of the Qashqai is far more distinctive than the interior. It feels plush enough to have a little premium sheen, but isn’t so posh that you would be afraid to let the kids go a bit wild in the back. The touchscreen system feels a little clunky and counterintuitive – but then again, unlike with the Golf’s, it doesn't feel glitchy or irritating.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score 50%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
Nissan’s evolutionary take on its best-selling Qashqai recipe feels like an opportunity missed and, while it remains a solid proposition, it isn’t a class leader. Since it first arrived in the UK in 2007 the Japanese mid-size SUV has positioned itself as the 'go-to' option for families in need of a practical car that's good to drive. There is a choice of a six-speed manual or CVT auto transmission, while four-wheel-drive is available in combination with the higher-powered engine and auto ‘box. A wide range of trim levels are available, starting with the entry Visia spec.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Stylish looks
  • Decent infotainment system
  • Low running costs
Cons
  • No e-power hybrid

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score 43%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Qashqai has always had a chassis that's felt well tuned to the UK. The 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbo – as seen in various Renault and Mercedes models – produces maximum torque of 270Nm between 1,800rpm and 3,750rpm. The steering is precise and smooth, with decent feedback, and the comfort around town is only really blighted by the 19-inch wheels.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic range-topper
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons
  • Lack of excitement
  • Not the most fun to drive

carmagazine[6]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
The Mk3 Qashqai feels overwhelmingly planted and poised, its strong lateral grip carving through corners. This crossover has a newly found spring in its step, aided by a weight loss programme that’s shed 60kg from the bodyshell. The tailgate is now composite for the first time, and some of the body panels are aluminium. Rear occupants will have no reason to complain, with a six-footer having three-inches of space for knee and headroom behind an equally sized driver.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Noisy at motorway speeds
  • Cheap to run

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Nissan Qashqai 2021 long-term review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/nissan/long-term-reviews/nissan-qashqai-2021-long-term-review. 2021-11-21. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
2. ^ Nissan Qashqai 2021 UK review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/nissan/qashqai/first-drives/nissan-qashqai-2021-uk-review. 2021-06-17. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
3. ^ Nissan Qashqai 2022 long-term review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/nissan/qashqai/long-term-reviews/nissan-qashqai-2022-long-term-review. 2022-01-07. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
4. ^ Nissan Qashqai review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/nissan/qashqai. 2021-12-20. Retrieved 2022-01-01.
5. ^ New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/nissan/qashqai/355178/new-nissan-qashqai-2021-review. 2021-06-04. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
6. ^ Nissan Qashqai (2022) review: deserving of its bestsellling status. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/nissan/qashqai-suv/. 2022-01-28. Retrieved 2022-07-20.

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