SUVs are as popular as ever among Australian new car buyers, but you don’t have to follow the pack to find a quality option.

    Two such competitors are Honda and Nissan, who both offer small SUVs for a similar price. Notably, they each have very closely matched hybrid options.

    We’ve picked out hybrid versions of the Nissan Qashqai and Honda ZR-V to see how similar they really are on the spec sheet.

    Neither was a top seller in its segment last year; 6614 examples of the Qashqai were sold in Australia, compared to 2282 of the ZR-V sales.

    These cars don’t share a segment on the VFACTS sales charts. The Qashqai is physically slightly larger than the ZR-V, and has a lower starting price – but the pair is closely aligned on price and features.

    What’s really separating them?


    These are the most expensive versions of Qashqai and ZR-V money can buy. They’re also the only hybrid models offered in their respective lineups.

    At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking the Qashqai was cheaper than the ZR-V, but when you factor in on-road costs you’ll find they’re actually quite evenly matched. We can’t provide an exact figure as it varies in each state.

    The Honda is advertised with a drive-away price, which means what you see on the tag is what you can expect to pay.

    For context, both cars are roughly $15,000 more expensive than their respective petrol-only range-openers.

    Make/modelList priceDrive-away
    Nissan Qashqai Ti e-Power$51,590 before on-roads$52,990 (Victoria)
    Honda ZR-V e:HEV LXN/A$54,900

    Drivetrains and efficiency

    These cars take fundamentally different approaches to reach a very similar fuel consumption claim.

    The Qashqai’s e-Power system is unique. Instead of directly driving the wheels through a conventional transmission or CVT, the petrol engine is attached to a motor-generator and an inverter.

    That unit is used to charge the lithium-ion battery pack, which in turn feeds the drive motors. Think of it as being somewhere between a range extender and a traditional hybrid unit.

    The closest the engine comes to powering the wheels is under high load, when it feeds energy the electric motors (via the attached generator and inverter) directly, rather than just supplying energy to the battery.

    Although the revs will rise and fall, the end result is a car that feels more like an EV to drive than a petrol car with an electric motor attached.

    The Honda hybrid system is more conventional, mating two electric motors with a petrol engine and an e-CVT transmission.

    2024 Nissan Qashqai Ti e-Power2024 Honda ZR-V e:HEV LX
    Engine1.5L turbo-hybrid 3cyl2.0L hybrid 4cyl
    Engine power116kW104kW
    Engine torque250Nm186Nm
    Electric motor power140kWN/A
    Electric motor torque330NmN/A
    Battery2.3kWh Li-ion1.1kWh Li-ion
    Total system power140kW @ 4500rpm – 7500rpm135kW @ 5000rpm – 6000rpm
    Total system torque330Nm @ 0rpm – 3000rpm315Nm @ 0rpm – 2000rpm
    Driven wheelsFront-wheel driveFront-wheel drive
    Fuel economy (claimed)5.2L/100km5.0L/100km
    Fuel tank capacity55L57L
    Fuel type95 RON91 RON
    CO2 (combined)117g/km115.2g/km


    Physical measurements are where we see some of the more significant differences between the Qashqai and ZR-V.

    The Honda is slightly longer than the Nissan.

    They’re almost the same height and ride on near-identical wheelbases, but the ZR-V has less room to offer in the boot. With the rear seats folded, it’s more than 200L smaller than the same configuration in the Qashqai.

    Its kerb weight is also around 150kg lighter, but their Gross Vehicle Mass figures are within 25kg of each other.

    2024 Nissan Qashqai Ti e-Power2024 Honda ZR-V e:HEV LX
    Width1835mm 1840mm
    Ground clearance175mm186mm
    Boot capacity452L (rear seats up)
    1518L (rear seats folded)
    370L (rear seats up)
    1302L (rear seats folded)
    Kerb weight1728kg1586kg
    Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)2180kg2155kg

    Servicing and warranty

    The Nissan Qashqai and the Honda ZR-V are both backed by five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranties.

    Servicing is required every 12 months or 10,000km on both hybrid models, whichever comes first.

    Service pricing is the largest difference between the two, as Honda offers five “Low Price Services” with every new car. That means the first five services for the ZR-V will cost $199 each.

    Nissan does offer capped-price servicing for the first six hybrid Qashqai services, though we’ve only broken down the first five for the sake of this comparison. The sixth will cost $619.

    2024 Nissan Qashqai Ti e-Power2024 Honda ZR-V e:HEV LX
    Warranty5-year, unlimited-kilometre5-year, unlimited-kilometre
    Service interval12 months or 10,000km12 months or 10,000km
    1st service price$353$199
    2nd service price$450$199
    3rd service price$477$199
    4th service price$553$199
    5th service price$397$199
    Total first 5 years$2230$995
    Avg. annual service price first 5 years$446$199


    The Nissan Qashqai has a five-star ANCAP rating, based on testing conducted in 2021.

    The Honda ZR-V, meanwhile, has yet to be tested by ANCAP, though hybrid models received a four-star rating from sister authority Euro NCAP in 2023.

    Here’s a breakdown of standard safety equipment on each car:

    Safety featureNissan QashqaiHonda ZR-V
    Airbags7 airbags11 airbags
    Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)YesYes
    Lane-keep assistYes Yes
    Blind-spot monitoringYesYes
    Adaptive cruise control with stop/goYesYes
    Traffic sign recognitionYesYes
    Reversing cameraYesYes
    Surround-view cameraYesYes
    Rear cross-traffic alertYesYes
    Parking sensorsYes (front and rear)Yes (front and rear)
    Park assistYes (with side parking sensors)No
    Tyre pressure monitoringYesYes
    External vehicle warning soundYesYes (in EV mode)

    Both cars also have an AEB system that includes junction assist, pedestrian detection, cyclist detection, and a reverse function. Honda combines those functions within its Collision Mitigation Braking System.

    Here’s a breakdown of each car’s safety scoring:

    AssessmentNissan QashqaiHonda ZR-V (Euro NCAP)
    Adult occupant protection34.84 out of 38 (91 per cent)79 per cent
    Child occupant protection45.78 out of 49 (91 per cent)86 per cent
    Vulnerable road user protection40.17 out of 54 (74 per cent)81 per cent
    Safety assist15.56 out of 16 (97 per cent)68 per cent

    Standard features

    These cars are closely matched on standard features. Have a look below to see how they stack up against each other.

    Exterior2024 Nissan Qashqai Ti e-Power2024 Honda ZR-V e:HEV LX
    Wheels19-inch alloy18-inch alloy
    Spare wheelTyre repair kitTyre repair kit
    HeadlightsAutomatic, adaptive, auto-levelling LEDDusk-sensing, adaptive, active cornering LED
    Fog lightsYes, LEDNo
    Side mirrorsHeated, power-folding, reverse auto-tiltingHeated, power-folding, reverse auto-tilting
    SunroofPanoramic glassNo
    TailgateHands-free, poweredHands-free, powered

    There’s not a lot to separate the two on exterior features, though there are a few slight differences. Notably, the ZR-V doesn’t offer auto-levelling headlights or fog lights, unlike the Qashqai. Both feature high-beam assist.

    With the Honda you do gain windscreen washer nozzles that have been integrated into the wiper arm, along with a walk-away closing function on the powered tailgate.

    The Qashqai meanwhile offers power-folding side mirrors with integrated LED indicators, as well as a panoramic glass sunroof.

    InteriorNissan QashqaiHonda ZR-V
    UpholsteryQuilted leatherBlack leather
    Front seatsHeated, 8-way power-adjustableHeated, 8-way power-adjustable (4-way passenger)
    Rear seatsFold-down centre armrestHeated, with fold-down centre armrest
    Steering wheelHeated, leather-wrappedHeated, leather-wrapped
    Gear selectore-ShifterShift-by-wire
    Paddle shiftersNoYes, metal
    Rear-view mirrorAuto-dimmingAuto-dimming
    Climate controlDual-zoneDual-zone

    Once again there are a few differences on the inside. Over the Qashqai the ZR-V boasts heated rear seats, and metal paddle shifters.

    The front seats in the Qashqai are heated and eight-way power-adjustable, and offer three massage modes. The ZR-V, meanwhile, doesn’t offer massages, and the passenger will have to make do with only four-way adjustment.

    In terms of design the Qashqai features a black headliner, while the ZR-V offers alloy sports pedals. Both have some form of ambient lighting.

    Both cars also have rear air vents, auto-dimming mirrors, and heated leather-wrapped steering wheels, among other features.

    TechnologyNissan QashqaiHonda ZR-V
    Instrument cluster12.3-inch digital cluster10.2-inch digital cluster
    Head-up display10.8-inch head-up displayNo
    Infotainment12.3-inch touchscreen display9.0-inch touchscreen display
    Satellite navigationYes Yes
    Smartphone mirroringWireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android AutoWireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto
    Phone chargingWireless phone chargerWireless phone charger
    USBUSB-A, USB-C front and rearUSB-A, USB-C front,
    2 USB-C rear
    Sound systemBose 10-speakerBose 12-speaker
    KeyKeyless entry and push-button startKeyless entry and push-button start

    Along with offering smaller screens, the ZR-V misses out on a head-up display. You do get a 12-speaker Bose-branded sound system compared to the 10-speaker arrangement in the Qashqai.

    Both have USB ports for charging and phone connectivity, as well as intelligent key systems for driver preferences.

    You get wireless Apple CarPlay and a wireless phone charger with both, as well as built-in satellite navigation.

    All that makes it a tough call between these two Japanese hybrids. Which would be your pick?

    BUY: Get in touch with a dealer about a Nissan Qashqai
    MORE: Everything Nissan Qashqai

    BUY: Get in touch with a dealer about a Honda ZR-V
    MORE: Everything Honda ZR-V

    Max Davies

    Max Davies is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Max studied journalism at La Trobe University and stepped into the automotive world after graduating in late 2023. He grew up in regional Victoria, and with a passion for everything motorsport is a fan of Fernando Alonso.

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