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Nissan Qashqai or the Honda CR-V?

Used Nissan Qashqai - What Do You Need To Know?

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan has proved to be the forerunner in the sector, with sales figures consistently backing up the opinion that the Qashqai is one the best cars in the UK. In any sector.

● Made here in the UK

● Poor resale because of its popularity

● Brilliant fuel economy for its class

● The ride can be a touch soft

● Really solid and durable build quality

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What are the Honda CR-V’s positive features?

The CR-V is currently in its fourth generation and while there are more sporty-looking models on offer, Honda has always preferred to offer refinement and ease-of-use rather than blistering pace and driving dynamics. Like most competitors it is available with a range of engines, trim levels and on-board specifications to suit various requirements and budgets.

● Brilliant reliability

● Higher carbon emissions than some competitors

● Refined and great to drive

● Another case of soft suspension in the crossover class

● Collected 5 stars during Euro NCAP safety testing

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A Short History of the Nissan Qashqai and the Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V actually started life as a luxury vehicle in Japan before racing into the UK’s crossover market in the Qashqai’s slipstream.

It was the Nissan, after all, that pretty much created the sector in the first place. A sporty family car, with comfort and a bit of bite, sorry we don’t do that over here. Well, that attitude lasted about as long as it took someone to get inside Nissan’s finest success story since the Sunny.

According to the numbers it’s better than all but four other vehicles in the UK, ranking fifth in sales after gaining popularity year on year since its inception in 2006.

What’s interesting about the CR-V is that it has actually been in production for a decade longer than the Qashqai. What Honda have done has been very clever, remodeling its boxy early editions after the Nissan opened up the Crossover market.


The Qashqai has an elevated driving position along with striking styling cues such as roof rails and rear privacy glass.

The Honda CR-V is an interesting contrast to the Qashqai. It has larger dimensions, measuring 4,605mms length (Qashqai 4,377mm), 1,820mm width (Qashqai 1,806mm) and 1,685mm height (Qashqai 1,590mm), but the much evolved SUV manages not to look bulky.

It features wide light clusters, lots of chrome trim and a rear skid plate to help deliver a rugged appearance. Although the car is a firm favourite with older drivers because of its comfort and reliability, an attention-grabbing Black Edition was launched earlier this year which really cranks up the styling with lots of black trim, black upholstered seats and black alloys.

The older editions are taller and have an almost Land Rover look about them. However, this inflated shape has let out some air over the years. So with the CR-V you can almost get two different styles of vehicle, a modern, sporty crossover and a firmer, traditional four wheel drive.

Nissan Qashqai - What Should You Look Out For?

Honda CR-V

● Lock and then unlock the car with the remote key. Then check the driver door. If it does not open, you may have a faulty electric motor that will need to be replaced.

● An RAC Vehicle Inspection may be in order if you hear some rattling at the rear of the vehicle. It could be the rear shock absorber failing and that’s not cheap enough to ignore.

● We have heard reports of the Electronic Control Unit failing, pushing the car forward when the driver has only touched the throttle. This can be fixed for free by a Nissan dealer with an update.

Honda CR-V - What Should You Look Out For?

● The gas circulation valve is prone to breaking on the second generation models. If the vehicle hasn’t had this replaced then you will want guarantees that it will be before buying.

● If you can smell any fuel on a 2007- model then take a step back. It may be an injector or fuel pipe and could cause a loss of power. This is a common problem for the CR-V but isn’t a big job.

● Give the front seats a good rattle when you’re checking the car. They have been known to loosen up and may need tightening.

How Do They Compare On Driving Dynamics?

The second generation Qashqai is lighter and slightly more streamlined than the first generation model. You can feel this on the road, too, with noticeably improved handling and general performance. It boasts hatchback-like control and the steering is light and precise.

You will also find the Qashqai well insulated against engine noise and boasting an excellent suspension system.

The Honda CR-V is a very easy vehicle to drive. It’s comfortable, the all-round visibility is excellent and there are all kinds of parking sensors and reversing cameras to assist the driver.

The steering is precise and the road-holding nicely assured, although there is a small element of body roll into corners. The new automatic transmission is also impressive and delivers smooth and rapid gear changes.


The Nissan Qashqai and Honda CR-V are both practical vehicles that offer ample room for five adults to travel in comfort. Earlier Qashqai +2 versions could carry a total of seven people, but this option was phased out at when the latest generation model was launched in 2014.

The interior layout is simple and clutter-free with a good range of on-board technology as standard.

Honda has a solid reputation when it comes to practicality and making the most of available space; the CR-V is proof of that. Its upright and box-like shape means there is plenty of room for five adults and the car has the innovative Magic Seats system, allowing the rear seats to be folded completely flat by pulling a single handle.

New Nissan Qashqai and Honda CR-V Models

Engines and gearboxes

The Qashqai is available with a choice of highly efficient engines. The 1.2 petrol powertrain is ideal if the vehicle is going to be used for town centre driving with lots of stop/start manoeuvres.

There is also a 1.5-litre diesel option which is powerful enough through low revs, but the 1.6-litre diesel engine is recommended for any towing needs. The Qashqai is available with manual or automatic gearboxes. Customers can also select from front or four-wheel drive.

The Honda CR-V is also available with a choice of diesel or petrol engines. When the car underwent a facelift in 2015, a new 1.6-litre diesel powertrain replaced the outgoing 2.2-litre option and is the most frugal choice. Honda also introduced a very smooth nine-speed automatic gearbox at the same time. There are front or four-wheel drive versions.

Nissan Qashqai models are available in trims called Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta and Beige Edition with prices new ranging from £18,545 to £29,350, however used Nissan Qashqai prices can range from £4,350 to £15,000.

Trim levels on the Honda CR-V are S, SE, SE Plus, SR, EX and Grey Edition. Prices new range from £23,025 to £36,460, and used Honda CR-V models can be purchased for between £4,625 to £21,500.

If you know the registration number there are tools available to check the tax such as the gov.uk tax rate calculator.

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