2019 Nissan Qashqai
For this week’s review we’ve gotten our hands on the 2019 Nissan Qashqai which has gotten a slight refresh. Although the Qashqai has been around in Europe for a long time it is only in it’s 3rd year in North America. It has quickly risen to be Nissan’s second best selling model. For 2019 Nissan adds ProPILOT Assist semi-autonomous technology, Nissan Safety Shield 360 and standard Apple Car Play & Android Auto.
Disclosure: Nissan Canada provided me with the 2019 Nissan Qashqai SL AWD with ProPILOT Assist for a week to test drive, and photograph. All photos in this blog post was taken by me. #NissanQashqai
2.0L DOHC 4 cylinder-141HP @ 6100 & 147 lb-ft@4400
9.5 second 0-100 km/hr
Average stopping score
Feels nimble around the corners!
Body roll is well controlled.
It doesn’t feel as engaging as the CX-3 but it’s much better than the HR-V.
The independent rear suspension helps improving ride feel. A lot of brands have been removing independent rear suspensions to help save money but I’m glad Nissan still has it in their Qashqai
25/32/28- City/Highway/Combined FWD
24/30/27- City/Highway/Combined AWD
CABIN NOISE: 8/10
Very well controlled cabin noise, one of the quietest in the compact suv segment
Comes in the new exterior colour, Scarlet Ember
Not a head turner, but it doesn’t look bad. It blends in without being totally boring.
INTERIOR FOR DRIVER: 8/10
Steering wheel buttons is simple and logically laid out
Seats have a nice amount of cushioning making it comfy to sit in.
Overall experience with visibility was great, and the size makes it very practical driving downtown.
INTERIOR FOR PASSENGERS: 8.5/10
Although on paper, the legroom and headroom numbers for the Qashqai seem outperformed by others, but in real world use, it’s more comfortable than something like the HR-V thanks to the wider body design.
80.5 - HR-V
80.0 - Soul
76.2 - Qashqai
76.0 - CX-3
75.2 - C-HR
39.5 - Soul
38.3 - Qashqai
38.3 - C-HR
38.3 - HR-V
37.2 - CX-3
INTERIOR STORAGE: 7.5/10
OK storage capacity that will work for most families
Divider in trunk is a nice addition to help sort items or to prevent loose items from sliding around too much.
Has a spare tire under the trunk floor
INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM: 6.5/10
This has been an area the Qashqai has struggled in. It’s quite slow and laggy
Supports Android auto & Apple Carplay and comes standard on all trims
OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE 2019 NISSAN QASHQAI:
Nissan’s 2019 Qashqai is still a compelling all rounder crossover making it a family friendly choice. Despite not being the best in a specific area, and they don’t have any bad qualities that would scare people away. The option to have ProPILOT Assist, Nissan Safety Shield 360, and CarPlay / Android Auto makes it even more practical and easy to live with.
If you really like the way the Qashqai looks but you’re thirsting for a bit more power, space or luxury materials I would recommend test driving the Rogue back to back with the Qashqai and seeing what works best for you!