Nissan QASHQAI ST-L 2023 Review

Is the new Nissan QASHQAI any good

QASHQAI ST-L – Nissan has released the all-new QASHQAI, a small – midsized urban SUV style vehicle.

2023 Nissan QASHQAI ST-L- front quarter 1 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

2023 Nissan QASHQAI ST-L- profile

 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.

2023 Nissan QASHQAI ST-L- interior front

 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.

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Nissan QASHQAI ST-L Features

A full model walk of the new Nissan Qashqai can be found HERE

2023 Nissan QASHQAI ST-L- transmission

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.

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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.

Nissan QASHQAI ST-L safety features

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

2023 Nissan QASHQAI ST-L- rear quarter 1

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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Quick QASHQAI ST-L thoughts

What is good?

  • Modern crisp design
  • Simple and easy to drive
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay Phone mirroring

What is not so good?

  • A little jerky around town
  • Driver left footrest position
  • No hybrid version

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The Nissan QASHQAI sits in the small to medium size SUV segment which is packed.

Buyers could also look at Peugeot 2008 GT, Haval Jolion HEV, Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, Hyundai Kona, Subaru Crosstrek, Citroen C4, Toyota CH-R or the Skoda Karoq

2023 Nissan QASHQAI ST-L- engine




Model Price$42,190 MLP*
Engine1.3L 4 Cyl Turbo Petrol
Drivetrain1Sp X-Tronic CVT FWD
Battery Capacity / typeN/A
Power110kW @ 5,500rpm
Torque250Nm @ 1,600 – 3.750rpm
Fuel ADR6.1L/100km
Fuel economy on test7.8L/100km
Range (WLTP) / efficiencyN/A
Fast Charge / Home (240V)N/A
Safety5 Star ANCAP (tested Oct 2022)
CO2 Emissions138g/km
0-100kmh/Top SpeedTBA
ServicingCapped Price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside assist5Yr. 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)

2023 Nissan QASHQAI ST-L- interior front

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel8
Ride and Handling8
Fit for Purpose8
Value for Money9

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Overall Length4425mm
Wheels19×7.5J Alloy
Tyres235/50 R19
Max ground clearanceUp to 193mm
Wading DepthTBA
Approach17.3 degrees
Departure angle25.9 degrees
Turning Circle KTK11.10m
Boot Capacity Min429L
Boot capacity Max1524L
Battery WeightN/A
Kerb Weight1482kg
Payload (kg)503kg
GVM (kg)1985kg
Towing Capacity1500kg
Tow Ball rating100kg
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