Some manufacturers announce a run-out before a new model comes to market and others introduce a limited run model with extra equipment to entice buyers without them really being aware of that said run-out. Read on for my opinion on the Nissan Qashqai Midnight Edition
Nissan announced the new Qashqai in November, with a launch slated for sometime in 2021.
What does Nissan say? Introducing the Nissan QASHQAI Midnight Edition. Based off the ST-L*, the Midnight Edition features a host of distinctive enhancements across both its interior and exterior.
What is it? Nissan Qashqai Midnight is a long-lead runout and comes with exclusive 19″ black alloy wheels, Premium Alcantara© suede seats, Illuminated Kick Plates and Black Exterior Accents. It’s a small SUV, seating 4 comfortably and 5 at a pinch.
Competitors? How many? According to VFacts, there are 21 competitors in the Small SUV category under $40,000. Add in another 10 for the over $40,000 category and you’ve got 30 other brands and models to consider. Top sellers are Mitsubishi ASX, Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-30.
How Much? The Nissan Qashqai Midnight Edition is currently advertised for $36,470 drive away. The range starts out for a ST at $28,290 in manual or $30,290 with automatic transmission. The Ti Nissan Qashqai tops out the range at $39,990. Metallic paint is an extra cost option on all models
Safety and Security?
- Front, front-side and front curtain SRS airbags
- Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System
- Intelligent Emergency Braking
- Forward-Collision Warning
- Lane Departure Warning
- Anti-lock Braking System
- Electronic park brake with auto-hold
- Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
- Brake Assist
- Intelligent Trace Control
- Intelligent Engine Brake
- Intelligent Ride Control
- Hill Start Assist
- Blind Spot Warning
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Intelligent Driver Alert
Inside? You can certainly tell that the Nissan Qashqai Midnight is one of the cars in the Nissan lineup that’s due for a change. Qashqai was arguably the first small SUV in the market worldwide and has sold over 1,000,000 units since its introduction in 2007.
You need to consider the value for money when you’re out to buy an SUV – the Nissan Qashqai Midnight is comfortable for the driver and front-seat passenger, but lacks a few of the niceties that you’d expect for an SUV in 2020. That of course will change significantly when the new model launches next year.
On the road? The Nissan Qashqai Midnight drives nicely around the suburbs and is still nicely balanced on the highway. It’s quiet in the passenger compartment and there’s no need to crank up the sound to stop exterior road noise. That perhaps is due in part to this vehicle running Michelin Pilot tyes and nice 19% carbon-look alloy wheels
At A Glance
Price: From $36,470 as driven.
Engine/Transmission 2.0 Litre Engine with 6-Speed Auto Transmission
Warranty/Service 5-years, unlimited kilometres. Nissan offers a Capped Price Service Program at a cost of $3,720 for 12 services. That works out at an average of $310 per service, with the cheapest at $226 and the most expensive at 100,000km for $539. I reckon that’s cheap in anyone’s language. My advice is to stick with the dealer service program for at least 6 years – only Nissan dealers have the diagnostics to keep your Nissan in tip-top shape.
Safety Nissan Qashqai was tested by ANCAP in 2017 and at the time scored a 5-star rating. If tested today, perhaps it would score 4 stars, but not 5. I’d expect that ANCAP will test or at least provide a rating when the new model launches in 2021.
Economy 6.9 Litres per 100 kilometres combined
Boot Space Rear seatback folded (VDA method) -1,598 litres. Rear seatback raised – 430 litres
Whenever I’m looking for a new car dealer, I always search on Google.
In this case, I’d search for “Nissan Dealers” and then the city (Brisbane) or even the suburb I live in. For Nissan, here are the 6 dealers I’d consider visiting. Google provides a star rating and I suggest that you look for dealers who score more than 4 stars in the Google rankings.
|Brisbane Northside||Caboolture Nissan||4.7 Stars|
|Brisbane Southside||Motorama Nissan||4.6 Stars|
|Brisbane Eastside||Bartons Capalaba Nissan||4.7 Stars|
|Brisbane Westside||Ipswich Nissan||4.3 Stars|
|Gold Coast||von Bibra Helensvale||4.6 Stars|
|Sunshine Coast||Cricks Nambour Nissan||4.7 Stars|
Insurance I use RACQ Online to provide estimates on car insurance for my articles and for this Nissan Qashqai Midnight Edition. While I use my personal information (RACQ bronze member, 63 years of age, full no claim bonus and clear driving history, no driver under 25, etc) you should get your own estimate via RACQ.
If I owned this vehicle, I’d be paying $485.06 with a $750 excess. No matter who you’re with currently, I strongly suggest that you shop around EVERY year for insurance (both car and home). That’s’ what I do and I currently have car insurance with Youi, NRMA and RACQ and home insurance with Elders. Annual savings can be substantial.
Hello. I’m Bob Aldons, the owner and editor of The Car Guy.
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