The Nissan Qashqai 2019 range has been on sale here since June, and now that the hype has died down a little it’s time for a review of the flagship model. The Nissan Qashqai Ti sits in the middle of the standard and premium pricing ranges in the compact SUV segment. So, is it a great deal, and what does it have to offer? Let’s take a look at the Qashqai Ti in more detail so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.
A Brief Overview
The new Nissan Qashqai Ti is a great looking vehicle with plenty of nice design touches to keep you interested, and this extends into the ergonomically designed cabin with Nappa leather trim and real upmarket feel. The Nissan Qashqai Ti has enough space to be a practical runabout or for light touring and weekend trips away. The new Nissan five year warranty comes with the Qashqai Ti for trouble free future motoring. As one would expect from a Nissan, the Qashqai Ti has a five star ANCAP safety rating. Some drivers may find the infotainment system a little dated, it does the job, but it could be improved.
The Nissan Qashqai Ti
This is one of the most popular models sold by Nissan in Australia, and this is good news for the Japanese carmaker. After all, it seems like every other vehicle released here right now is some type of crossover or small SUV. Many car manufacturers are still playing catch up in this segment, but Nissan has been making cars like this for a while now, and they have the formula almost perfected. The Nissan Qashqai Ti is the flagship model, and although it’s at the pricier end of the spectrum, you do get a lot of car for the money.
The Standard Ti Specification
The Qashqai Ti includes a fantastic amount of kit as standard, such as: powered adjustable seating with memory locations for the driver, an auto dimming rear view mirror, dual zone climate control, rain sensing wipers, ambient interior lighting, adaptive cruise control, full LED adaptive headlights with high beam assist, “Intelligent Lane Intervention, quilted Nappa leather trim, a panoramic sunroof and a sexy set of 19” alloy wheels. The LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, and alloy wheels were all fitted as standard on the outgoing Qashqai N-Tec model. However, Nissan waited until the driver assistance technology was available before they went ahead with the launch of the Ti variant.
Included Features from Lower Grades
The Nissan Qashqai Ti also has the following features form lower grade models, they are: a 7” touchscreen navigation system, DAB+ digital radio, a six speaker sound system, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, a 360º camera system with “Moving Object Detection”, privacy glass, heated powered folding side mirrors and leather accents on the steering wheel and gear shifter. Overall this base level spec plus the flagship Ti spec adds up to an impressive number of features and technology. The Nissan Qashqai easily outdoes the majority of its rivals in the segment in terms of kit.
The Design Ethos
We briefly mentioned earlier that the Nissan Qashqai is an attractive small SUV. Some might say it’s the best looking vehicle in the entire segment thanks to its sleek lines and the contrast between the silver roof rails and the black lower cladding. This is a compact SUV that manages to achieve that modern and muscular look, and yet it’s understated to avoid creating that polarising effect seen on many of its rivals. The basic paint options look great, but for a small additional premium, you get access to a much wider colour palette. Overall, the body shape, the roof rails, the cladding, and the LED lighting found on the Qashqai Ti grade all combine together to deliver a car that looks expensive and upmarket.
Inside the Qashqai Ti Cabin
The underlying colour scheme is a neutral black colour that’s not particularly exciting or offensive. However, Nissan Australia did secure the Nappa leather option, which really adds a touch of class. The controls and switchgear are all laid out in a logical fashion, and every control is clearly labelled. The infotainment system is functional, but it lacks mirroring for smartphones, and there is no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay support. These features are included overseas, so hopefully, there will be an update to add them here later. The Qashqai Ti does have a DAB+ digital radio, and there is a Bluetooth system to connect your phone for making calls and streaming audio through the six speaker sound system.
The Qashqai is one of the largest compact SUV crossovers, and this means that there is adequate space for adult passengers even on the rear seats. Fitting three adults in the backseat for a longer trip may be ill advised due to elbow bumping. There are ISOFIX child seat mounts on each outboard rear seat, and the centre seat has a top tether point. Sadly there are no rear air vents, and this is an omission on practically every other vehicle in this segment. The boot has a cargo capacity of 430L with the rear seats up and 1,598L with the rear seats folded flat. There are also underfloor storage compartments for smaller items, and the space saver spare can be found under the floor of the boot.
The Qashqai Ti on The Road
The Nissan Qashqai Ti is a front wheel drive crossover that uses a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) exclusively. The engine is a 2.0L four cylinder petrol unit that generates 106kW of power and 200 Nm of torque. The ride is firm, and this gives the Qashqai good handling and control despite being a taller small crossover SUV. The Qashqai Ti has Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres, and the insulation from road and wind noise is much improved over the outgoing Qashqai N-Tec.