The new-generation Nissan Qashqai has been awarded a five-star rating from Australian crash tester ANCAP based on testing conducted by Euro NCAP in 2021.

    The Qashqai scored 91 per cent for adult occupant protection, 93 per cent for child occupant protection, 74 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 97 per cent for safety assist.

    The five-star rating applies to all petrol variants of the Qashqai offered locally, with the upcoming petrol-electric Qashqai e-Power not yet rated.

    Petrol-powered Qashqais are set to launch locally in November, with ePower variants to follow in 2023.

    The Nissan Qashqai has achieved the second highest score within the safety assist area of assessment to date, missing out on a tie for first place with the Tesla Model Y by one per cent.

    The crash-testing authority said this safety assist score was achieved through the standard fitment of an “advanced and robust range of collision avoidance technologies”.

    Full points were awarded for the Qashqai’s active lane support, and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) junction and backover capabilities, with high scores awarded for its AEB car-to-car tests and speed assistance system performance.

    “Nissan is to be congratulated for the Qashqai’s range of active safety systems,” said ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg.

    “The presence and performance of these features demonstrates the significant effort Nissan has made to offer the best safety equipment possible to Qashqai buyers.”

    ANCAP also praised the high scores the Qashqai received in crash testing, awarding it full marks for its ability to protect the driver in the side impact and oblique pole crash tests.

    It deemed the performance for the chest of the driver in the frontal offset and full width front tests as adequate, scoring 2.69 and 3.66 points, respectively, out of a possible 4.

    A marginal result was also noted in the full-width test for the chest of the adult female dummy seated in the second row.

    “By achieving these scores under ANCAP’s most stringent protocols, Nissan’s impressive safety performance will be welcomed by families and fleet buyers looking to purchase their next SUV,” said Ms Hoorweg.

    The Nissan Qashqai has the following standard safety equipment on all grades in Australia:

    • Front, front-side, curtain, and front-centre airbags
    • ISOFIX x 2, top tethers x 3
    • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
      • Car, junction, pedestrian and cyclist
    • Reverse AEB
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Lane-departure warning with active lane intervention
    • Active blind spot intervention
    • Traffic sign recognition
    • Adaptive cruise control with speed limiter
    • High beam assist
    • Tyre-pressure monitoring
    • Seatbelt reminders front and rear

    The Qashqai is the latest small SUV on sale in Australia to receive a five-star ANCAP safety rating under the latest 2020-22 protocols, including the GWM Haval Jolion.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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