2012 Nissan Qashqai | new car review

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 by

The Qashqai is named after an Iranian tribe and aims to offer the practical benefits and space of an SUV without any off-road pretensions and with more streamlined, less aggressive looks.

It boasts a high ground clearance and flared wheel arches and stands tall and roomy. Inside there’s plenty of space for a family of five, while there’s lots of storage space through a large, cooled 14-litre glove box and under-seat trays.

Features include Bluetooth phone connectivity and dual zone air conditioning, while options include a chunky front styling plate, sidestep, front fog lamps and a roof spoiler. Rear parking sensors are also available.

Three grades of Qashqai are available (in the UAE) – S, SE and LE. All are powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine producing 137bhp, attached to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). While the S rides on steel wheels, the SE gets 16-inch alloys and the LE sports larger 17-inch rims.

The Qashqai is front-wheel drive as standard, although SE and LE customers can specify four-wheel drive if they want. Don’t harbour dreams of dune bashing in this Nissan though, it’s a part-time system that will drive the front wheels most of the time, with power going to the rears if the car loses traction.

Safety features include front, side and curtain airbags, as well as ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, which keeps the Qashqai stable in the event of an emergency stop. VDC (electronic stability control) is also available.


Price: AED 80,000 – AED 110,000

2-litre inline-4

Max power: 142bhp at 5300rpm
Max torque: 196Nm at 3400rpm


3 Responses to 2012 Nissan Qashqai | new car review

  1. Mathew Reply

    April 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Any one can help me? I am going to buy Nissan Qashqai 2012 model ,is it a good vehicle?

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      April 30, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Hi Mathew,

      Yes, the 2012 Nissan Qashqai is a good buy. Just make sure you’re paying less than AED 49,000 because in that price, you can get your hands on a brand new Renault Duster!

  2. Gee Reply

    June 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I have one Quashaqai 2, 2012 model. I bought it for its nice shape and it was for my wish. But I hate it now for its poor performance. The pick up very bad, have to stand on accelerator to move on !!! Cracky noise while slow break, AC sucks, Poor stero system, No sound for remote locking even door press locking taking more than one second.
    Once in a bad time I made decision to buy..regret now..!

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