The new Nissan Qashqai has been declared the UK’s most reliable car after a survey of 50,000 UK consumers.
Designed, engineered and built in Britain, the Qashqai emerged as the clear leader following an annual reliability survey conducted by respected consumer affairs organisation, Which?.
The car achieved a rare five-star reliability rating with expert testers praising the car’s practicality, dependability and family appeal.
“Nissan’s efforts with the all-new version have seen it crowned our most reliable car for 2023 – a fantastic achievement for what is one of the more affordable cars in the sector,” said Which?.
“It’s easy to be dismissive given this is such a new car – after all, newer models tend to be more reliable. But looking at similar aged cars in our survey, not one was reliable enough to get five stars out of five in this category, let alone come anywhere near those at the top. Our data shows that 2023 is set to be the year of the Qashqai.”
David Moss, Senior Vice President of Research & Development at Nissan Technical Centre in Cranfield, where the new model was developed, said: “We’re delighted that both real-world customers and expert reviewers have recognised the quality and durability of our fantastic new Qashqai.
“Our engineering teams put the car through a series of gruelling tests during its development phase to ensure the very highest standards of reliability, so it’s really rewarding to get this recognition from people driving them every day.”
Nissan’s Technical Centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, put new Nissan models through a host of challenging tests before the cars go on sale to ensure vehicles meet strict quality and reliability standards.
One of these, the Climatic Four-poster Vibration Rig, replicates three years of driving in just five weeks. Engineers can even walk inside to listen for interior trim squeaks and rattles. Dedicated rigs are put up to repeatedly slam doors shut, mimicking a lifetime of use, with testers monitoring for damage to hinges and door materials. Cars are also tested in extremely hot and cold temperatures. To evaluate the longevity of boot space liners and trims, the development team even keeps a variety of recreational and activity equipment (such as strollers, golf clubs, and suitcases).
The all-electric Nissan ARIYA has begun 2023 by picking up another prestigious industry accolade – winning particular praise for its excellent build quality and the attention to detail paid to its interior. The latest award comes from Company Car & Van who have named ARIYA their SUV Electric Car of the Year. Andrew Walker, editor of the title which publishes comprehensive company car and commercial vehicle reviews, said: "Ariya blurs the lines between SUV and crossover, the two most popular car sectors in the UK.
"From the outside, it looks good, whilst inside, the attention to detail and build quality is excellent. Furthermore, its real-world range of 230 or 300 miles dependent on battery size means range anxiety for company car drivers will take a back seat.''
Launched in the UK last year, ARIYA is a stylish, fully electrified crossover, offering the practicality of a versatile SUV and the space, comfort and styling of a premium city car. With plenty of room for the whole family, and enough range to take you where you need to go, ARIYA is incredibly functional, but it's more than just a safe choice.
ARIYA represents the future of electric mobility as Nissan continues to be a real pioneer in this crucial field. It benefits from premium style, as evidenced by its streamlined shape, plush, lounge-like interior, and ample trim levels.