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Nissan Qashqai Or The Hyundai ix35?

Used Nissan Qashqai - What Do You Need to Know?

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan lays claim to inventing the crossover SUV when it introduced the Nissan Qashqai, and to be truthful, it has gone from strength to strength. The second generation model was introduced in 2014 and the sales have continued to point skyward ever since.

● Stylish and sporty design

● Can be a ‘bouncy’ ride in the first edition model

● Lots of space for the whole family

● Poor resale because of its popularity

● Economic engine for its class

You can view all used Nissan Qashqai models on RAC Cars.

Used Hyundai ix35 - What Do You Need to Know?

Hyundai has recently replaced the ix35 crossover SUV with an all-new model called the Tucson. However, the outgoing ix35 has always been a head-turner with its sporty good looks and clean drive and will always remain a brilliant used car.

● Known for its well refined drive

● Higher carbon emissions than some rivals

● Excellent storage space and large cabin

● Some of the plastic in the cabin can scratch easily

● Wide range of engine options

View used Hyundai ix35 models on RAC Cars today and buy a car which will be a rare asset in the future!

A Short History of the Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai ix35

Both the Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai ix35 are spacious, practical and stylish models that have proved popular with buyers who need a vehicle to be economical to run, offer all the versatility to suit an active family lifestyle and look smart for work.

The Nissan Qashqai has been a phenomenal success since its launch back in 2007 and it leads the sales charts in what has been labelled the ‘crossover SUV’ sector.

In fact, sales figures showed that by the beginning of September 2016, the Qashqai was the fifth best-selling model in the UK with just under 40,000 cars sold. This put it ahead of iconic models such as the Vauxhall Astra and MINI.

By contrast, earlier this year the ix35 was replaced by the all-new Hyundai Tucson. As a result there will be plenty of second-hand ix35 cars out there as many owners will want to upgrade to the very latest Tucson model. Despite the name change, the ix35 is essentially just the Tucson with a UK rebrand.

It’s a car that has always done well in our market but never pushed to that next level, which is what Hyundai are hoping to achieve with the Tucson. We actually think the older ix35 has been an underrated car for years, with that rounded front of the earlier models providing the car with a lot of character.


Nissan’s Qashqai model began the ‘crossover’ revolution and it’s still gaining momentum. Nissan lays claim to inventing the segment which offers its customers plenty of practicality and versatility, without compromising style or comfort along the way.

The Nissan Qashqai resembles an SUV but drives like a beefed up hatchback and the elevated driving position results in excellent all-round visibility.

The Hyundai ix35 also holds a robust stance with similar design traits to the Qashqai. The Hyundai has certainly fastened their crossover’s shape into place in recent years, chiseling away that bulbous shape to reveal a more athletic shape.

There’s something about the older shape that attracts, though, or maybe it’s just our fond memories of that emerging crossover sector that was filled with such excitement in the early 2010s. Whatever you may think, the new Tucson will invariably mean more deals to be had for older models in the second hand market.

Nissan Qashqai - What Should You Look Out For?

● The electric motor is susceptible to fail on the Nissan Qashqai. You can test it by locking and then unlocking the doors. If you are then unable to open the passenger door, the motor could be gone.

● Rear shock absorbers are another issue that you might find. Is there a rattling at the back of the car when you’re test driving? If so, have an RAC Vehicle Inspection done to make sure there isn’t a serious underlying problem.

● Sometimes older Qashqai models have trouble with the Engine Control Unit. You will know when the car starts jumping forward after very little throttle.

Hyundai ix35 - What Should You Look Out For?

● Check if the clutch has been replaced on the older models. We have seen a lot of reports of the clutch master cylinder failing.

● Have a good go with the gearbox during your test drive. If it pops out of gear or shows any discomfort it could be the start of a much bigger issue. An older model with a new gearbox is a major plus point when buying a used Hyundai ix35.

View used Hyundai ix35 models on RAC Cars today and buy a car which will be a rare asset in the future!

How Do They Compare On Driving Dynamics?

The second generation Qashqai is lighter and more streamlined than its predecessor and that reflects in the way the car handles. It’s deceptively agile and the road holding is assured.

Similarly the ix35 is a great all-rounder with bags of space for all the family. Whilst the engines on the ix35 are nowhere near as efficient as those fitted to the Qashqai, it still delivers a great driving experience. Once again the driver benefits from excellent all-round visibility which is a ‘must’ on car that will frequently be used on the school run.


Both the Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai ix35 are very practical cars offering 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.

Storage options are good on both cars with the Qashqai boasting a boot capacity of 430 litres, increasing to 1,585 litres with the rear seats dropped down. The ix35 can accommodate 591 litres increasing to 1,436 litres. So all in all both cars would be comfortable getting the whole family down to Weymouth for the bank holiday.

New Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai ix35 Models

Engines and gearboxes

The Nissan Qashqai is powered by a number of classy and highly-efficient petrol and diesel engines. For owners looking to spend more time driving around town centres and in congested traffic then the 1.2-litre petrol engine is ideal.

If more mileage is the order of the day then the diesel options would be best suited. There is a 1.5-litre option which is powerful enough through low revs, but the 1.6-litre is best suited to deal with any towing requirements. The car is available with manual or automatic gearboxes. Customers can also select from front or four-wheel drive. They really did cover all of the bases with this outstanding vehicle.

The Hyundai ix35 is less efficient than the Qashqai, but still features some good engines, both petrol and diesel powered. The pick of the bunch is probably the punchy 1.6-litre petrol option although combined mpg is in the low 40s. Once again customers can opt for two- or four-wheel drive and select between manual or automatic gearboxes.

Nissan Qashqai models are available in trims called Visia, Acenta, N-Tec, N-Connecta, 360 and Grey Edition with prices new ranging from £18,545 to £29,350, whereas used Nissan Qashqai models can be purchased from £6,000 to £20,000.

Trim levels on the Hyundai ix35 are called S, SE, SE Nav, SE Blue Drive and Premium. Prices range from £17,470 to £27,700, however used Hyundai ix35 models can be purchased from £3000 to £14,000.

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

You can view used Nissan Qashqai and used Hyundai ix35 models on RAC Cars.

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