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Comparing The Nissan Qashqai ST vs. The Hyundai Kona Active

Comparing The Nissan Qashqai ST vs. The Hyundai Kona Active
January 23, 2018 Nissan Cars

Comparing The Nissan Qashqai ST vs. The Hyundai Kona Active

The new Nissan Qashqai for sale here in Australia is part of a growing trend in smaller crossover vehicles. These are becoming popular because they have more practicality and some extra height when compared to a more traditional hatchback. In this article, we will look at two rival small SUV cars, the Nissan Qashqai ST and the Hyundai Kona Active. They both appeal to the same market, but they both have a quite different approach to each other. Hopefully, this information will allow you to make a more informed choice between the two cars.

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The Design Ethos

The look of any car is highly subjective, but it’s worth mentioning how these cars compare. The latest Qashqai ST has a new frontal design that is very reminiscent of its larger stablemate the Nissan X-Trail. The style in fresh and contemporary and it’s likely to age very well in the coming years. The Kona Active is based on the Toyota C-HR and older Nissan Juke styling; its very youth focused with lots of body cladding and bright colours. This style is fine for attracting younger drivers, but it lacks a certain class and isn’t likely to age well.

The Equipment Levels

Both cars have a variety of common equipment, such as cruise control, daytime running lights, lane assist, cloth seats, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), a forward collision warning system, six airbags, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. Further enhanced equipment levels are available if the Kona Highlander and Qashqai N-Tec specifications are purchased.

There are some areas where the equipment levels differ, the Nissan Qashqai ST has exclusive features, such as a 5” infotainment touchscreen, front sensors, a push button start and 17” alloy wheels. The Kona Active has other features, including a 7” infotainment screen, 16” alloy wheels, blind spot monitoring and a cross traffic alert. Although the Kona Active is cheaper than the Nissan Qashqai, it should be noted that the added safety features are only available for an additional $1500 premium.

Some Final Thoughts

The Kona Active is cheaper, more youth orientated and with the $1500 premium, it has some more equipment. However, the Qashqai simply feels like a more refined, practical and genuinely useful vehicle. The Qashqai would benefit from a slight update to the infotainment system, but overall it’s the better car for the money.

If you’re looking for a new Nissan Qashqai for sale, contact us here at Perth City Nissan. We have a large selection of both new and used cars available, including the Nissan Qashqai 2018 models. Join us for a no obligation test drive at your earliest convenience, and you can experience the Nissan driving difference for yourself. If you need financing, you will notice that our nissan finance rates are very reasonable and the repayments will be scheduled to suit your requirements. Our team members are standing by to address any remaining questions that you may have.