Its affordable purchase price, very good brand image and good vehicle abilities made it a top seller. Over 2 million units were sold in just five years of production. It was helped by the SUV trend, but also the other manufacturers could sell more. But they didn't like the Qashqai did it.
Without a very bold look and more like a domestic appliance, the Qashqai conquered market aftermarket with its serene exterior look, good trim levels and spacious interior. The full LED headlights for the upper trim levels were a bonus. In 2013 not too many manufacturers were offering such an option, apart from the premium segment.
Inside, the Qashqai's combines innovative technologies with common sense solutions to everyday challenges. The seats, for instance, were designed using advanced medical scanning techniques and were inspired by NASA to analyze pressure and blood flow in the lower back of seated passengers. The comfort made the car sell even better.
Under the hood, there were six gasoline engines offered and only two types of diesel. A six-speed manual or a CVT was offered for the transmission. Since the demand for 2wd was higher than that for 4wd in Western Europe, some of the engines were not even available with the intelligent 4x4 traction.