We’re proud to say that the Nissan Qashqai has been well recognised at recent vehicle industry awards. It has won the title of Car of the Year 2016 in the highly contested category of Best Small SUV in the What Car? awards for the third year running. Just weeks after this announcement, the Qashqai was also named the Crossover of the Year in the BusinessCar awards.
“It’s one of the most economical and least-polluting vehicles in this category, and its high-quality interior keeps wind, engine and road noise at bay.” – What Car?
For the What Car? awards, they consider a number of factors in the Best Small SUV category:
- Interiors must be comfortable and spacious, and must be well assembled from quality materials.
- A competitive purchase price helps but running costs and depreciation are very much under the microscope.
- The car should be stable and capable on all roads, no matter whether they are city streets, motorways or anything in between.
- Practicality is vital; these are family cars first and foremost.
For the BusinessCar Awards, the Qashqai was judged by an expert panel from across the fleet industry. It was the Qashqai’s high driving position, good looks, excellent residual values, decent equipment and very tidy handling that combined to allow the model to take the title of BusinessCar’s Crossover of the Year.
Find out more about the awards below, or view the Nissan Qashqai along with our new SUV range here.
Press Release on the Qashqai Car of the Year Award
LONDON (20 January 2016) – For the third year in a row, Nissan’s Qashqai has triumphed in the Best Small SUV category at the prestigious What Car? Awards.
At the annual ceremony in London, the Qashqai was not only named ‘Best Buy’ in the £15,000-£25,000 price point, but it also went on to be crowned overall winner in the ‘Small SUV’ category, beating sixteen other shortlisted models.
What Car?’s pick of the Qashqai line-up was the 1.5dCi 110 n-tec with the judges praising the model’s efficiency and economy, refined diesel power plant, smooth suspension and interior quality as well as generous equipment levels.
Jim Holder, Editorial Director for Haymarket, which publishes What Car?, said; “The Qashqai makes it a hat trick with yet another win in this hotly contested category. Despite strong opposition, the SUV from Sunderland possesses all the necessary talents for victory.
Not only is it one of the most economical and least-polluting vehicles in this category, it also has a high-quality interior that keeps wind, engine and road noise at bay.
Excellent practicality, a chassis that is well suited to British roads and impressive engine refinement are the icing on the cake.”
James Wright, Managing Director, Nissan Motor GB, said; “We’re delighted that the Qashqai’s charm has won over the What Car? judges yet again.
It’s also a winner with the car buying public who have made the Nissan Qashqai the best-selling crossover in the UK.”
A real success story for Nissan, in September 2015 the new Qashqai became the fastest ever UK-built vehicle to smash the half million production mark. Since production began in 2014, a new Qashqai has been built every 62 seconds, or 58 per hour, at the Sunderland plant’s Line 1.
The Qashqai’s impressive quality, styling and technology continue to make it the best-selling crossover in Europe.
Press Release on the Qashqai Crossover of the Year award
LONDON (27 January 2016) – BusinessCar – one of the UK’s leading publications for company car drivers and operators – has named the Nissan Qashqai its Crossover of the Year.
The British-built model took the title – the nation’s fifth best-selling car –in the face of increased competition in the crossover segment.
The award, announced this morning, is particularly significant as it was decided by an expert panel of readers recruited from across the fleet industry.
They chose the Qashqai as their winner for its outstanding all-round appeal, singling out the popular model’s strong residual values, running costs, practicality, efficiency and quality.
Making the announcement, BusinessCar editor, Paul Barker, said: “The model that established the increasingly important crossover sector is still at its forefront despite increasing competition.
“In fact, it continues to go from strength-to-strength, which is all the more impressive given the level of success it has achieved over the last few years.”
The award came just weeks after the Qashqai was named Best Small SUV in the What Car? magazine awards for the third year running. The model was also named by What Car? as the ‘Best
Buy’ between £15,000 and £25,000 in the UK.
Barry Beeston, Corporate Sales Director at Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see the Qashqai – a model which has proved a massive hit with company car drivers and fleet operators – honoured in this way.
“Awards like these that are voted for by real fleet drivers and operators are particularly special as they mean the decision makers who have added the Qashqai to their fleet, and the people who
drive it every day, are happy.