Qashqai nominated for Britain’s safest car

Nissan’s Qashqai has officially been shortlisted for the safest car award at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards.

The brand new Safety Award is open only to vehicles which have achieved the maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating , come with automatic braking and are available to buy in January.

Along with the Euro NCAP rating, contenders like the Qashqai will also be assessed with a range of stringent safety tests to determine their ability to protect adults and children.

Judges will also take into account cutting-edge safety innovations like collision avoidance technology, plus kit that includes reversing cameras and driver assistance systems.

Importance of safety

What Car? editor Jim Holder said: “When people are looking to buy a car, there are certain requirements that they will automatically have in their minds. Among the foremost of these is safety, especially if they are planning to use the vehicle to transport their family.

“We felt it was only right that such an important consideration in the car-buying process is reflected in our Car of the Year Awards.”

He said: “It will also be a chance for us to celebrate and applaud the work that manufacturers do and the lengths they go to in order to make sure that the cars we drive keep us as safe as possible.”

The Qashqai has previously laid claim to accolades at the What Car? Awards, after having been named the What Car? Car of the Year at last year’s award ceremony in London.

Just a month after taking home the top award, the Qashqai was awarded with the full five-star safety rating by independent safety tester Euro NCAP.

Advanced safety features

Nissan has packed a highly advanced array of safety features into the Qashqai and its contemporary model range, dubbed the Nissan Safety Shield.

Safety Shield kit includes Forward Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition. Other features include Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection, which uses Nissan’s Around View Monitor technology .

The latest award that the hugely popular Qashqai has picked up was the Best Family Car 2014 accolade from online tech review site Recombu.com.

Recombu’s judging panel particularly praised the Qashqai’s design, family-focused interior and high-tech kit range, which have helped put it amongst the top ten most registered cars this year to date.

Rory Reid, Recombu’s editor in chief, said: “The original Nissan Qashqai almost single-handedly defined the crossover market, and although wannabes have tried to cash in on its success, it continues to rule head and shoulders above its rivals.”