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What’s the used Nissan Qashqai Hatchback 07-13 like?
Despite looking like an SUV, the Nissan Qashqai is closer in size to traditional family hatchbacks, such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
It does offer a raised ride height and driving position over those cars, but the boot is no larger, nor more useful, and the rear seats aren’t especially spacious. The interior is well-made, however, and feels of high quality.
The Qashqai was designed to be comfortable on the road first and foremost and in most trims, it’s one of the best cars in the class in terms of absorbing speed bumps and potholes. That said, it’s worth bearing in mind that examples with larger alloy wheels are less comfortable, if more controlled feeling in the corners.
The 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine will suit most drivers best, offering the best combination of performance, refinement and fuel economy, although the Qashqai’s CO2 emissions aren’t as low as those of some rival hatchbacks
How much does it cost to run a used Nissan Qashqai Hatchback 07-13?
The 1.5-litre diesel Qashqai returns an average of 52.3mpg in official tests, while the 1.6-litre petrol manages 42.2mpg. In reality, though, the diesel will get closer to its official economy figure, because the petrol engine needs to be revved hard to maintain progress.
The diesel tends to hold their value better, too, but unless you intend to cover enough miles to offset the extra outlay and the higher cost of diesel, a petrol model might be the cheaper option in the long-term.
The Qashqai starts at insurance group 13, working its way up to group 20, so premiums shouldn’t be too bad.
Franchised dealer servicing costs are noticeably higher than for a Ford Focus or VW Golf, so you might want to consider finding a reliable independent garage to save yourself some money on maintenance.
Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Nissan Qashqai Hatchback 07-13?
Be wary of diesel Qashqai with low mileages, because the diesel particulate filter (DPFs) can clog up under such conditions, and is expensive to replace. Make sure the DPF warning light is working and that it goes off once the car is running.
DPF problems seem’s to affect the 2.0-litre diesel more than the 1.5. However, the 1.5-litre engine can suffer from sticking valves if used on mainly low-speed or short journeys. This can lead to turbocharger failure and lack of lubrication elsewhere in the engine, so look out for uneven idling or stuttering when accelerating. Check the oil level, too, and ensure there’s a full-service history detailing regular oil changes.
Also, inspect the service history for timing belt changes. The 1.5 dCi diesel engine’s timing belt (and tensioners and water pump) must be changed at least every four years or 60,000 miles. If the belt fails (and there have been many failures) it can completely wreck the engine leading to a large repair bill.
Listen for rattles from the rear suspension, especially on early, pre-facelift versions of the Qashqai, because there’s a known issue with the dampers. Most would have been changed on the original warranty, but it’s possible that some used examples will still exhibit this.
Which used Nissan Qashqai Hatchback 07-13 should I buy?
If your budget allows, go for a post-2010 Qashqai, as the model was facelifted then, sharpening up the appearance of the nose and interior and adding the Puredrive diesel version, which has the lowest emissions.
The Puredrive is powered by one of the most common engines, the 1.5-litre dCi diesel, and it officially returns as much as 57.6mpg. It’s the best all-rounder, with adequate performance, good refinement and a well-proven reliability record.
The 1.6-litre petrol option is less impressive but perfectly fine for low mileage driving. Those that need four-wheel drive or an automatic gearbox will have to go for a 2.0-litre engine (petrol or diesel) if buying a pre-2012 Qashqai.
A new 1.6-litre dCi diesel was introduced in 2012 to replace the 2.0-litre unit and it’s both more powerful and more economical than the 1.5, though the smaller engine is cheaper to buy.
Four-wheel drive can be specified with the 1.6-litre dCi diesel, although most Qashqais in the classifieds are front-wheel drive.
In terms of specifications, early Qashqais were offered in Visia, Acenta and Tekna trim levels and even the base models are adequately equipped. The Tekna does, however, look more impressive thanks to its larger alloy wheels and other styling upgrades. Just don’t forget that the bigger wheels mean less comfort.
Even higher specification versions were offered later in the life of the first-generation Qashqai in the form of the N-tec and 360, equipped with high levels of safety equipment and technology as standard.
Our favourite used Nissan Qashqai+2: 1.5 dCi Tekna
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