Nissan claims there’s an extra $1800 worth of extra value built into the Qashqai N-Sport, which retails for $28,690 – just $200 more than the Qashqai ST petrol 2WD CVT that it’s based upon.
However, in a confusing move Nissan has elected to apply a special drive-away pricetag to both models that’s considerably less than the retail sticker. At $26,990 including on-road costs, the Qashqai N-Sport is a keen deal. The Qashqai ST petrol 2WD automatic is priced at $27,990 drive-away, meanwhile.
It’s worth nothing, however, that these sharp drive-away prices only apply to cars ordered before the end of August and delivered by the end of September.
Mechanically, the N-Sport produces the same 106kW/200Nm outputs as the Qashqai ST petrol 2WD, with average fuel economy of 6.9L/100km. The differences come from the N-Sport’s machined-face 18-inch five spoke alloys and exterior trim (door sills, tailgate garnish, front and rear bumpers) finished in “Ice Chrome”
Elsewhere, the feature set is the same as the ST grade. That means standard features like a reversing camera, electronic parking brake, four-speaker audio system, cruise control and five-inch colour infotainment display – basic, compared to the seven-inch display, satellite navigation, climate control, keyless entry/ignition and six-speaker audio of the Ti and TS grades.
Then again, that $27k drive-away price point is a fairly compelling number in the context of entry-level small SUVs.
The Qashqai is currently the third most popular small SUV in Australia, according to year-to-date sales figures. Only the Mitsubishi ASX and Mazda CX-3 sell in greater quantity, though Honda’s HR-V compact is currently nipping at its heels. In Nissan’s own showroom, the Qashqai is a core model and sits in third place behind the X-Trail and Navara.