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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2005. - 2008.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2007. - 2010.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4

Dimensons & Outlines

4485 mm
1735 mm
1590 mm
387 liters
1629 liters
60 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4315 mm
1780 mm
1615 mm
410 liters
1513 liters
65 liters
2005 Subaru Forester
2007 Nissan Qashqai

Engine

Subaru
2.0 EJ202
Petrol
4 - Boxer, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1994 cc
162 hp
186 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Nissan / Renault
2.0 MR20DE HP
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1997 cc
140 hp
193 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1365 kg
9.7 s
197 km/h
12.3 l/100km
7.5 l/100km
9.3 l/100km
220 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1390 kg
10.6 s
190 km/h
11.0 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
199 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1380 kg
11.9 s
190 km/h
12.3 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
9.3 l/100km
220 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
cvt - gears
1429 kg
11.3 s
178 km/h
10.7 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
8.3 l/100km
198 g/km

Expenses

4500 EUR
Price from
4000 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the suv segment and utilize the same 5-door suv body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Subaru-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 162hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 140hp engine designed by Nissan.

Safety

The fact that the Nissan got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, puts it sky-high safety-wise, in my eyes at least. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Qashqai offers a marginal difference of 2% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Nissan does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Subaru, as well as Nissan, with the same average rating of 4.3 out of 5. The same official information place Forester as average reliability-wise, and Qashqai is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as Forester rank it on average as 4.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Subaru is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 197 kilometers per hour, 7km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Qashqai, averaging around 8.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (34 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 11% difference compared to Forester.


Verdict

Subaru appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Qashqai beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. From there things take a different direction, with Subaru offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Nissan. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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