2021/05/26 | Test drive
Discover the 2021 Nissan Qashqai in the Sought-After Top 5 Subcompact SUV Category
The growth we've seen in the subcompact SUV category over the past five years has been phenomenal. In the past, we had seen a few vehicles being introduced gradually, but things have simply exploded in the last two or three years.
As a result, we now have a niche full of popular models, which makes product selection more difficult if you want to get the best possible vehicle.
Fortunately, some models manage to stand out, such as the Nissan Qashqai, which is at the top of its category ahead of a few big rivals such as the Mazda CX-30, the Honda HR-V, the Hyundai Kona and the Kia Seltos.
However, the Qashqai is loaded with features that make it irresistible, which you can explore by dropping by our dealership. Plus, to find out more about the Nissan Versa’s gas mileage or to take advantage of our current Nissan promotions, Nissan Charlevoix, your dealership in La Malbaie, can offer you an online appointment to find the new Nissan vehicle or the used Nissan car that will meet your needs. You can also count on our service team in our Nissan garage near Clermont for any maintenance or repair on your vehicle.
Going back to the Qashqai, here are some of the reasons why this model is more appealing than its main rivals.
When choosing a vehicle, you want the best of everything. For example, if a given model offers more power and more cargo space, its fuel consumption may be higher or its road handling may be less precise.
In other words, there is no such thing as a perfect vehicle. That's why manufacturers try to offer the best possible compromise – we want to help you buy a vehicle that has more pros than cons.
Nissan is a master at this, and the Japanese manufacturer knows what its customers are looking for and listens to them carefully. As a result, they offer appealing products such as the Qashqai.
The Qashqai may not be a leader in all areas, but it has the best track record. Its handling, for example, is a perfect blend of comfort and sportiness. Its cargo space is super generous with a maximum of 1,730 L, which is more than some compact models. Its fuel consumption is one of the lowest in the category at 8.1 L and 8.4 L per 100 km (2WD and 4WD with the CVT).
This is due to the engine, a 2.0 L 4-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 141 lb-ft of torque. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). When it comes to comfort, the Nissan Qashqai outshines its rivals. The "zero gravity" seats developed by the company and inspired by NASA technology, are the most inviting in the industry, period; they even fight driver fatigue!
All of the above factors are in the Qashqai's favour. For their part, the subcompact model's rivals certainly have their advantages, but they also have flaws that make them less desirable.
For example, the CX-30 provides a better drive, but its cargo volume is much smaller. The Hyundai Kona is certainly popular, but it doesn't offer the level of comfort that the Qashqai does.
If you choose the Honda HR-V, you'll also find very generous interior specs. However, on the highway, the soundproofing lacking and drivers can't wait to get out of the car and to give theirs ears a break after an hour or so on the road.
Finally, the Kia Seltos is in an interesting option, but it hasn’t proven itself in terms of reliability; recalls have been rampant at Kia over the past few years due to engine-related glitches. With the Nissan Qashqai, you have nothing to fear!
The Nissan Qashqai Is the Best in Its Category
We could go on and on with the comparisons, but we’d always come to the same conclusion: for the whole package, the Nissan Qashqai remains the best choice in its category!