Nissan has refreshed the 2018 Nissan Qashqai, launching updates to its exterior, interior, dynamics and the addition of more safety tech to keep it up to date with its competitors.
Up front there’s a new bumper, narrower headlights, revised grille and more angular styling overall, to give the Qashqai a more contemporary look.
The rear has two new bumpers, depending on model, and there’s also a shark fin aerial, which will make things easier when heading into an automatic car wash.
Three models are available: ST, ST-L and a special edition N-TEC which is the current range topper until the Ti variant arrives mid-2018.
LED daytime running lights are fitted as standard to the ST and ST-L (which run halogen headlights), while the top spec cars get what Nissan calls ‘boomerang-styled’ LED DRLs.
Wheel sizes step up an inch across trim levels, with 17-inch on the ST, 18-inch on the ST-L and 19-inch wheels on the N-TEC (and forthcoming Ti).
Step inside and you’ll find a flat-bottomed wheel with new control buttons, a new centre console armrest stitching design and better materials for the air vents and door handles.
The power windows are all one-touch open and close, and can be controlled from the remote button by holding down the unlock or lock buttons respectively.
Nissan says that the ST’s seats have a “more durable upholstered finish”, while nappa leather is available on the Ti variant.
For those looking for DAB+ digital radio, you can have it from the ST-L model upwards, and the infotainment screen has come in for an upgrade to its graphics.
The suspension has also been revised with firmer spring rates, stiffer stabiliser bars front and rear, and the dampers have also been revised to give a better balance of ride and handling.
An interesting addition is the “Active Return Control” for the steering which helps it self-centre quicker.
There’s also better sound deadining and thicker rear glass to keep the road noise down.
Safety is the big ticket these days, and the Qashqai now gets autonomous braking with forward collision warning as standard.
Reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, hill start assist and an auto hold electric park brake are also included.
On higher grade models, there’s also a 360 degree camera, blind spot warning, auto high beam, and self parking feature.
Rear cross traffic alert, radar based cruise, auto lane depature assist and adaptive front lighting can also be had on higher grade models.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0 litre, naturally-aspirated, petrol four-cylinder which makes 106kW and 200Nm. There’s a 6-speed manual or CVT transmission, with the CVT returning 6.9L/100 kilometres.
The boot space is 430 litres, increasing to 1,598 litres with the rear seats down.
2018 Nissan Qashqai Pricing
Nissan QASHQAI ST
Nissan QASHQAI ST
Nissan QASHQAI ST-L
Nissan QASHQAI N-TEC
Nissan QASHQAI Ti