QASHQAI ST-L – Nissan has released the all-new QASHQAI, a small – midsized urban SUV style vehicle.
You can find complete details of the new model HERE
Over the Christmas break I drove the mid spec QASHQAI ST-L model. This is sure to be perhaps the most popular sales wise.
QASHQAI Quick overview
The new model has
- Completely new global CMF-C architecture
- More internal space with a 19mm longer wheelbase
- New turbo petrol engine
- Improved fuel economy
What does the QASHQAI ST-L look like?
It’s quite stylish. Nissan have managed to create a completely fresh look while maintaining familial look and feel
Stand out features include the new Nissan V-Motion grille. Unusually chrome is prevalent but works.
Slimline Matrix LED headlights and boomerang style DRL’s complete the frontal perspective.
I like the QASHQAI integrated stamping on the front quarter panels. A nice touch.
Profile view shows the slightly longer wheelbase that allows wider doors and a lower slightly elongated look.
There are fashionable definition lines on the upper and lower door panels. Combined with the slightly rounded rear quarter the whole style is forward leaning and sleek.
From the rear the horizontal lights, integrated rear spoiler and shark fin antenna are the standout features.
The ST-L runs on 19-inch alloy wheels.
So, what about inside the QASHQAI ST-L?
Comfortable and well laid out are the first impressions.
The ST-L has a mixed cloth PVC Leather seat trim. Front seats are heated as is the thick rimmed leather steering wheel.
The driver’s seat is 8 way electrically adjustable with lumbar support, the passenger’s seat is 6 way manually adjustable again with additional lumbar support.
I’m way bigger than the average bear and I had plenty of room.
In front of the driver is a traditional twin outer dial instrument binnacle with central MFD. There is a heap of configurability of the MFD all assisted by the controls on the steering wheel.
I like it as it’s a little bit different.
White on black instruments make for clear and easy reading.
The 12.3-inch central touch screen is excellent. Crisp, clear and has practical functionality.
The 360-degree reverse camera provides quite a wide view.
A nice touch is the wireless smart phone charging and Apple CarPlay mirroring connectivity.
The central transmission tunnel is minimalist by modern design standards, housing an unusual transmission lever and the three drive mode select button. Twin cupholders sit behind them.
Driving position is comfortable with padded centre console storage lid and door arm rests.
Rear seats are again comfortable. Access is better than before with slightly wider doors, a benefit f the longer wheelbase, as is slightly more leg room.
The ST-L has a hands free automatic high opening tailgate. Rear seats will fold flat in a 60/40 configuration. There is a slightly dropped floor and a full-size spare wheel.
Nissan QASHQAI ST-L Features
A full model walk of the new Nissan Qashqai can be found HERE
What is the engine and drivetrain like?
The new QASHQAI is powered by a 1.3-litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol engine delivering power of 110kW @ 5500rpm and torque of 250Nm @ 1600-3750rpm.
This drives the front wheels through a new generation X-tronic CVT. All models feature paddle-shift gear changing from the steering wheel and three-mode operation: Standard, Eco and Sport.
Economy has improved with a new combined average ADR consumption of 6.1 litres per 100km. The engine, also equipped with Idle Stop/Start, is a double-overhead camshaft design, and it’s also significantly cleaner-burning, with CO2 emissions dropping by 21g/km to 138g/km.
The new CMF-C global platform allows an updated Macpherson strut set-up at the front, and, at the rear, Qashqai is equipped with an advanced multi-link set-up.
Upgraded power steering is featured as well.
What is the QASHQAI ST-L like to drive
The revised power steering is noticeable. It responds directly to driver inputs, is well weighted and gives the driver a feeling of confidence.
Around town the 1.3L engine provides zippy performance combined with frugal economy. The CVT for the most part is quiet and responsive.
The suspension set up a little jiggly around town, but firm and compliant at higher speeds. Overall all round visibility is good.
What about Safety?
Nissan’s class-leading Intelligent Mobility suite of safety technologies delivers a host of integrated high-end capabilities, enhanced further for MY23 QASHQAI.
A full list of the safety features can be found HERE
Nissan QASHQAI ST-L final thoughts
The small to medium size SUV segment is packed. The competition for buyers is difficult as they have prolific choice.
Nissan have put their best foot forward with the new Qashqai. It’s a significant upgrade on the model it replaces.
It has stylish design, an important element in buyers’ consideration. You need to get potential buyers into the car before they can appreciate the vehicle itself.
It’s also well equipped, especially in the safety department. More room, better dynamics, better performance and economy and lower emissions.
The Qashqai ST-L is perhaps the best value proposition in the range. Best blend of features for the price.
New Nissan QASHQAI is definitely worth the test drive.
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Some other QASHQAI Articles
- Nissan Qashqai details released
- 2021 Nissan QASHQAI Midnight SUV 2021 Review
- 2020 Nissan Qashqai Midnight Edition Review
- Nissan QASHQAI N-SPORT limited edition Radio Review
- Nissan QASHQAI N-SPORT limited Edition
- 2020 Nissan Updates the QASHQAI for 2020
- Nissan QASHQAI N-SPORT limited edition model arrives in Australia
- 2020 Nissan QASHQAI updates for 2020
- 2019 Nissan Qashqai ST Plus Review
- 2018 Nissan QASHQAI Ti Review
- 2018 Nissan Qashqai ST-L Review
Also Look At
The Nissan QASHQAI sits in the small to medium size SUV segment which is packed.
|1.3L 4 Cyl Turbo Petrol
|1Sp X-Tronic CVT FWD
|Battery Capacity / type
|110kW @ 5,500rpm
|250Nm @ 1,600 – 3.750rpm
|Fuel economy on test
|Range (WLTP) / efficiency
|Fast Charge / Home (240V)
|5 Star ANCAP (tested Oct 2022)
|5yr/ Unlimited km
|5Yr. conditional roadside assist
*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)
|Behind the Wheel
|Ride and Handling
|Fit for Purpose
|Value for Money
|Max ground clearance
|Up to 193mm
|Turning Circle KTK
|Boot Capacity Min
|Boot capacity Max
|Tow Ball rating