2008 Nissan Qashqai | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

Launched in the region just before the 9th Middle East International Motor Show in 2007, the Qashqai is the latest to ’s ever-expanding SUV line-up.

Named after a desert-dwelling nomadic tribe living near the Zagros Mountains in South Western Iran, Qashqai (pronounced Kash-Kai) is referred to by Nissan as an ‘Urban Nomad’.

The Qashqai crossover is a small vehicle where passenger car attributes meet those of a 4×4. In terms of design, the top half of Qashqai is reminiscent of a passenger car,  with a sleek, dynamic form that features a distinctive shoulder line which rises at the rear – a design cue similar to that of the Murano. The lower portion of the car suggests SUV attributes of strength and solidity thanks to large, pronounced wheel arches, slightly elevated ground clearance and a purposeful stance.

Inside there are many storage solutions for functionality and flexibility. High seating positions provide the sense of security found in an SUV but the Qashqai behaves more like a hatchback in its road dynamics.

For daily chores, the little crossover from Nissan is an attractive proposition. If basic transportation in a smart, safe, capable and versatile vehicle is your requirement – this is it. The Nissan badge is an assurance that the service costs won’t hurt you, and you should be able to get a fair resale value couple of years down when you probably want to graduate to one of the bigger SUV’s in the Nissan line-up.

The Qashqai is available in the Middle East with only one powertrain – a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder in-line that makes 142hp and 201Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre unit is mated to smooth shifting CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with 6-speed manual mode. The Qashqai is available in three trim levels – S, SE and LE and can be had with the standard 4×2 setup or with the optional 4×4 setup.

The Qashqai has done extremely well in Europe in the one year since its launch and while it is early days yet, it is to be seen whether Middle East customers will also take to it.

Technical Specifications
Engine2.0-litre 4-cyl
Power142 Bhp
Torque201 Nm
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 73,000 – upto 93,000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.


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