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Nissan Qashqai (2014–)

Last updated 14 August 2019

 
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Dimensions
Length 4377–4394 mm
Width 1800–2070 mm
Height 1590–1625 mm
Wheelbase 2646 mm
Boot Space 430–1585 L

Full specifications

Interior

The Qashqai's interior quality is one of the best, for its price point, with the cabin filled with soft touch plastics and leathers. However, while the build quality is first rate, with a solid and upmarket feel throughout, the design feels a little old compared to its newer rivals. It's also a little short on boot space and rear legroom. 

The SEAT Ateca, for example, offers 510 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place, while the Kia Sportage - which gets a seven-year-warranty as standard - provides 491 - 503 litres. Both are considerably more than the 430 - 400 litres (depending on spec) the Nissan provides. 

Unlike some of its rivals, the Qashqai has a wide boot opening that makes it easy to load bulky items, without catching the bodywork. The large opening benefits from an adaptable split level floor, which when in place leaves no loading lip. It's reversible too, so owners with muddy dogs need not worry about getting their boot carpet wet - one side of the false floor is trimmed, while the other side is finished with a tough plastic covering. The false floor can also hold more than 100kg, so you don't need to fret about breaking it either.

Other neat touches are the two floor panels of the false floor that can be used to divide the boot space and keep loose items in place. In the cabin there's the same multitude of storage areas, with more room for oddments in the centre console thanks to the loss of the old-style handbrake.

Up front there's plenty of room and great forward visibility. All of the switchgear and controls work well, with good switch feel, but the touchscreen is poor with blocky graphics, slow screen changes and a confusing menus. It is also slightly lower than we'd like and some of the safety system controls are buried too deeply in sub-menus, although the 2017 update does much to remedy this, with better menu layouts and faster screen changes. Apple Car Play and Android Auto were added to the standard and optional spec lists in 2019.

The Qashqai does come with plenty of equipment as standard, with DAB audio, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth phone connectivity fitted to base models, along with cruise control, heated electric door mirrors and one touch opening for the electric windows. The only thing you have to pay extra for is a full size spare wheel. 

Specifications (from July 2017)

Visia has 16-inch steel wheels, air con, stand still assist with auto hold, electric parking brake, ISOFIX childseat anchorage points, puncture repair kit, AM/FM/CD audio system with DAB, remote audio control, Bluetooth with audio streaming, five inch high definition full colour TFT, body coloured bumpers, handles and mirrors, rear roof spoiler,  LED daytime running lights, LED signature rear lights, selectable steering (normal or sport), cruise control and speed limiter, electrically adjustable door mirrors, heated door mirror and 60:40 Split folding rear seat.

Acenta adds chassis control Xtronic: intelligent engine brake (Xtronic auto only), intelligent trace control and intelligent ride control, 17-inch Aero Alloy wheels, D-Shaped leather steering wheel, leather gear lever, interior ambient lighting, height adjustable passenger’s seat, rear seat armrest with 2 cupholders, luggage board system (16 combinations), auto-folding mirrors, driver seat with manual lumbar, auto-wipers, intelligent auto headlights, automatic dual zone climate control with pollen filter and front fog lights.

N-Connecta features high beam assist, traffic sign recognition, intelligent rear view mirror, intelligent emergency braking, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch Two Tone Alloy wheels, silver rear styling plate, matte silver roof rails, sports seats, carbon effect dashboard trim, navigation, rear privacy glass, around view monitor (360° colour camera) and start push button. 

Tekna adds blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, intelligent park assist, part leather/part cloth trim, electrically adjustable driver seat, 19-inch Diamond Cut Alloy wheels, LED headlights with adaptive front lighting system, LED signature daytime running lights with directional indicator, automatic headlight levelling system, front heated seats, ThermaClear heated windscreen and Bose audio system.

Tekna+ trim adds panoramic glass roof, electric one touch shade, gloss silver roof rails, gloss silver mirror caps, black Nappa leather trim, electrically adjustable driver seat with memory function, electrically adjustable 4-way lumbar support on driver seat, electrically adjustable passenger seat with manual lumbar support, door mirrors with memory function and dark headlining.

List Price from £19,990
Buy new from £14,657
Contract hire from £173.80 per month
 

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