Road Test: 2017 Nissan Qashqai SL

Road Test: 2017 Nissan Qashqai SL


Price: $29,498 (MSRP)

Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder

Trans: Xtronic CVT w/manual shift mode

Power: 141 hp@ 6,000 rpm

Torque: 147 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,437 lbs./ 1,559 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 9.1/7.5


New for 2017: The Qashqai is an all-new compact crossover and fills the gap between the larger Rogue and smaller Juke in Nissan’s extensive SUV/CUV lineup.

Segment Competitors: Kia Soul, Mazda CX-3, Jeep Renegade, Subaru Crosstrek, Buick Encore, Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Chevrolet Trax, Mitsubishi RVR

The Skinny: As mentioned, the Qashqai is an all-new model for 2017 (sold as the Rogue Sport in the U.S.) and joins what has become a crowded segment with many models being introduced over the last few years. The Qashqai is an ultra-versatile vehicle that has the driving characteristics of a car, but with the practicality of an SUV. It is ideal for those in urban settings who want a little more height and cargo room without having to go to a larger SUV.

Pros: We liked the overall look of the vehicle and enjoyed its smooth, balanced ride.

Cons: The Qashqai would benefit from a little more power and we still have a hard time adjusting to CVT transmissions.

The Verdict: The Qashqai enters a suddenly ultra-competitive subcompact crossover segment and will need to do a lot of things well in order to stand out. After just a week behind the wheel, we can honestly say it is right on par with its competition in terms of practicality and drivability. When coupled with some great exterior styling, the Qashqai should definitely garner some consideration in this segment.

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