2023 Nissan Qashqai Earns Five-Star ANCAP Safety Rating

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The new Nissan Qashqai received two of the highest scores ever from ANCAP for its safety assist technology and child occupant protection.


The 2023 Nissan Qashqai received a five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) ahead of its arrival in local showrooms later this year.

Applicable to all four variants of Nissan’s small SUV, the Qashqai’s five-star safety rating comes with one of the highest scores for its safety assist technology and child protection since ANCAP declared implemented new procedures in 2020.

The Nissan Qashqai scored 91% in adult occupant protection, 93% in child occupant protection, 74% in vulnerable road user protection and 97% in Safety Assist technology.



The 2023 Nissan Qashqai’s safety assistance score of 97% is the second highest recorded under the latest ANCAP criteria – behind the Tesla Model Y electric SUV (98%).

Full marks were recorded for the new Nissan Qashqai’s occupant status, lane assist and Autonomous Emergency Brake Junction (AEB) assist systems, although minor penalties were applied to its speed assist and car-to-car AEB systems.

The Nissan Qashqai’s child occupant protection of 93% equals the highest scores recorded by ANCAP, matching the 2023 Ford Ranger ute and Ford Everest SUV.



Perfect scores were recorded in dynamic side tests and restraint installation tests, with the Qashqai losing a minor number of points for its dynamic front test and on-board safety features.

A 91% result for the Nissan Qashqai’s adult occupant protection was awarded thanks to its full points in side impact, oblique pole and far side impact tests.

The small SUV was given a minor penalty of 1.54 points due to its “moderate risk to occupants of an oncoming vehicle in the MPDB (frontal offset) test”, while the chest protection of the rear passengers was marked as marginal.



In the Vulnerable Road User Protection category, ANCAP said the Qashqai’s hood offered good or adequate protection to the head of an impacted pedestrian, but its stiff windshield pillars resulted in marginal or poor results.

ANCAP noted the Nissan Qashqai’s 3.36 point penalty for upper leg impacts – the only test where the small SUV scored less than half of the available points.



Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-proclaimed iRacing junkie and can be found on weekends driving his Octavia RS or swearing on his ZH Fairlane.

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