The Qashqai: 2023’s Best Small SUV
The Qashqai: 2023’s Best Small SUV
Since it burst onto the market in 2007 and pioneered the concept of the crossover SUV, the Nissan QASHQAI has been constantly pushing the envelope. With its sleek design, impressive performance, and top-of-the-line safety features, the QASHQAI is a vehicle that stands out in its class.
Don’t just take our word for it, though; the 2023 QASHQAI was recently awarded Car Of The Year by Drive magazine in their Best Small SUV category. In this article we’ll take a look at the QASHQAI and what got it the gold medal.
Meet the Models
The base model, the QASHQAI ST, comes equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 106kW of power and 200Nm of torque. It also features a range of standard safety features, including a rearview camera, hill start assist, and automatic emergency braking. Inside, the ST model boasts a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system.
Moving up to the ST+, drivers will enjoy additional features such as 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, fog lamps, and rain-sensing front wipers. The ST+ also comes standard with a range of advanced safety features, including lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The infotainment system is also upgraded to an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The ST-L model takes things up a notch, offering even more luxury and convenience features. Standard amenities include a panoramic sunroof, leather-trimmed seats, and a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system. The ST-L also features Nissan's Intelligent Around View Monitor, which provides a 360-degree view of the vehicle's surroundings for added safety.
At the top of the range is the QASHQAI TI, which comes fully loaded with premium features and amenities. The TI model boasts a range of luxury upgrades, including heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings. It also comes standard with Nissan's ProPILOT Assist technology, which provides semi-autonomous driving capabilities for added convenience on long drives.
All four models of the 2023 QASHQAI come standard with front-wheel drive, but drivers can also opt for the available all-wheel-drive system for added traction and handling in challenging driving conditions.
The QASHQAI's performance is impressive, with both engine options providing ample power for its size. The 2.0-litre engine provides a smooth and comfortable ride, while the turbocharged 1.3-litre engine offers a more spirited driving experience. The QASHQAI's handling is also noteworthy, with precise steering and a comfortable ride.
In terms of fuel consumption, the QASHQAI is impressive for a small SUV. The base model with the 2.0-litre engine gets an EPA-estimated 8 litres per 100km, while the models with the turbocharged engines get an EPA-estimated 7.5 litres per 100km with front-wheel drive.
Drive Magazine took the ST-L model for a spin when considering candidates. They were impressed by the car’s performance and features, rhapsodising in particular about the heated leather seats, fantastic for those cold winter mornings.
The real takeaway from Drive’s review, however, is how impressed they were by the car’s practicality. Featuring plentiful head and storage room plus cleverly placed tether points for child safety and cargo harnesses, and 90-degree-opening doors for ease of loading, this is a car whose compact size belies its utility.
The 2023 QASHQAI’s combination of performance, safety, fuel economy, and features allow it stand out in its class. Its sleek design, impressive handling, and comfortable ride make it a joy to drive, while its safety features provide peace of mind for drivers and passengers alike.
With four models to choose from, there's a QASHQAI at Ringwood Nissan to fit every driver's needs. And with our 5-year unlimited-kilometre warranty behind them for ultimate peace of mind and a range of finance packages to get you rolling right away, we have everything you need right under one roof. Visit or contact us to start your QASHQAI journey today!