The all-new Nissan Qashqai has been awarded the top five-star safety rating by the independent European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), a particularly notable achievement given the vehicle was assessed under the new, more stringent 2020-2022 protocol.
Excellent adult and child occupant protection
Euro NCAP scored the new Qashqai 91% for both adult and child occupant protection, placing it among the best of its competitive group. This exceptional performance reflects the advanced reinforced structure of the new Qashqai’s CMF-C platform, built with ultra-high-strength steel in key areas to improve rigidity while allowing the force of an impact to be absorbed and reduced before reaching the passenger safety cell.
The addition of a central airbag – a first for Nissan in Europe – to prevent the collision of heads between the driver and front seat passenger in the event of a side impact helped Qashqai to score a maximum 16 points in the lateral impact test.
A near maximum score of 23.8 out of a possible 24 was achieved for child occupant protection and a maximum 12 points was achieved for the child restraint seat installation check.
70% score for vulnerable road users’ protection
Qashqai achieved a score of 70% on cyclists and pedestrian protection tests. The Nissan Qashqai features several active safety aids, including Intelligent Emergency Braking, which warns the driver and applies the brakes if the car anticipates an impact with a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist. This is standard across the new Qashqai range, not just on the higher grade versions.
Safety assist Euro NCAP recognises that it is always preferable to prevent accidents in the first place however, and awards points for technology which helps drivers avoid collisions.
A first for Nissan in Europe is the addition of a head-up display, allowing the driver to monitor their speed, navigation directions and the prevailing speed limit without taking their eyes from their road.
The introduction of intelligent headlights, which adjust the shape of the beam to prevent oncoming drivers being dazzled, is another example of new technology on Qashqai which enhances safety.
The model also features Blind Spot Intervention which senses when another vehicle has not been seen by the driver in a neighbouring lane and will actively steer the Qashqai back into lane and away from the danger. Rear Cross Traffic Alert also prevents collisions when reversing out of parking spaces.
The new Qashqai is built on the Alliance CMF-C platform, which features the use of advanced materials and new production techniques which have resulted in a more rigid structure, while the overall body-in-white is 60kg lighter than that of its predecessor.
David Moss, Senior Vice President, Regional Research & Development, Nissan Technical Centre Europe, said: “In developing the new Qashqai, we adopted an approach to consider how technology can better support the driver in situations where there is a high driver workload. The intervention comes in stages, with the first step being information, then a warning and finally intervention, in case the driver does not take a corrective action.”
He added: “From the use of advanced materials, including high-strength steel, in the construction of the vehicle’s body, to the use of passive and active Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology means we can offer a refined, agile drive with enhanced all-round protection. We are really proud of this outstanding result.”
Euro NCAP has been independently testing cars since 1997, measuring most of the new models which go on sale against its constantly-evolving criteria. In addition to testing the actual physical strength of the cars in various simulated collisions, the organisation also tests and scores accident prevention technology.