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2025 Nissan Qashqai (Rogue Sport) Drive Experience Review

Welcome to the review of 2025 Nissan Qashqai, also known as the Rogue Sport in some markets. This 2025 facelift promises to be one of the last affordable compact SUVs, and it’s packed with exciting updates. I’m Andrew, and this is in-depth article by Neftin Westlake Mazda. Let’s dive in!

Exterior Design

Exterior Design
Exterior Design

The front of the new Qashqai is inspired by Japanese armor, featuring overlapping elements that create a striking look. The facelift introduces new LED lamps and slim daytime running lights. The Fuji red color is particularly expressive, enhancing the sporty appeal of the new top trim.

The Qashqai now offers wheels ranging from 17 to 20 inches, with the largest ones maintaining a consistent vehicle color for the wheel arches. You can also opt for a contrasting black roof. The vehicle’s length is 4.43 meters (174 inches), which, along with its appealing design, makes it a standout in the compact SUV segment. Produced in Sunderland, UK, the Qashqai continues to be a popular choice.

Rear and Side Design

2025 Nissan Qashqai (Rogue Sport)
2025 Nissan Qashqai (Rogue Sport)

At the rear, you’ll find modern, three-dimensional tail lamps and a clean lower design. The e-Power badge signifies the new 1.5-liter three-cylinder hybrid engine, which acts as a generator to drive the wheels electrically. Alternatively, there’s a 1.3-liter four-cylinder mild hybrid available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, with manual or automatic transmission.

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Key Fob and Door Quality

The key fob is slim and of good quality, devoid of high-gloss finishes. The door closing sound is solid, and the interior door panels in the Tecna Plus or N-Design trims feature Alcantara, adding a touch of luxury.

Interior Comfort and Technology

2025 Nissan Qashqai Interior Comfort and Technology
2025 Nissan Qashqai Interior Comfort and Technology

Inside, the steering wheel is equipped with physical buttons, and the seats in the top trims are covered in animal skin. However, lower trims offer quilted leatherette or fabric-leatherette mix, which are more exclusive and breathable. The ergonomics are impressive, with ample headroom and a comfortable seating position. The manual climate unit is easy to control while driving, and the dashboard features more Alcantara in the top trims.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The infotainment system now boasts a larger, widescreen display with Google built-in, offering native Google Maps support. It also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The camera system provides various views, including an under-the-bonnet perspective to avoid damaging the wheels.

Driving Experience

2025 Nissan Qashqai Driving Experience
2025 Nissan Qashqai Driving Experience

The Qashqai’s hybrid system is intriguing, with the engine working as a generator while the wheels are driven electrically. The 1.5-liter hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in around eight seconds. The alternative 1.3-liter engine, depending on the version, takes between 9 and 10 seconds.

Assistance Systems

The facelift includes upgrades to the assistance systems, which are more standard and elaborate. Features like adaptive cruise control and active lane-keeping assist enhance the driving experience. The turning indicator, though, could use some refinement for a better quality feel.

Practicality and Comfort

The Qashqai’s trunk offers around 500 liters of space (480 liters with all-wheel drive). The width is impressive at almost 1.10 meters (44 inches), making it practical for everyday use. The rear doors open nearly 90 degrees, facilitating easy access for child seats.

Performance and Efficiency

2025 Nissan Qashqai Performance and Efficiency
2025 Nissan Qashqai Performance and Efficiency

Despite the large 20-inch wheels, the suspension remains comfortable even on bumpy roads. The steering is natural and responsive, reminiscent of Mazda’s sporty feel. The overall driving experience is enjoyable, with the Qashqai handling well in both urban and highway settings.

Conclusion

In the UK, the Qashqai’s pricing ranges from £30,000 for the entry-level model to £46,000 for the fully equipped version. In Europe, prices range from 34,000 to 50,000 Euros. The Qashqai remains one of the most affordable compact SUVs, especially in lower trims with fabric seats.

The 2025 Nissan Qashqai facelift delivers a very good performance, offering a balance of affordability, comfort, and modern features. If you’re considering competitors like the VW Tiguan or Honda CR-V, the Qashqai’s combination of style, practicality, and price makes it a compelling choice.

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