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Nissan Qashqai interior, tech and practicality

Comfort and visibility

Comfort is one of the Nissan Qashqai’s strongest points. The squidgy seats are very supportive, and Nissan has included soft knee pads on some trim levels so you don’t hit the hard centre console. Most of the materials have a quality feel – it’s obviously not a Mercedes but it’s much better than the previous Qashqai.

The dashboard should also be easy to use on the move, with proper buttons for all the major driving and climate functions. The infotainment system is within easy reach and includes shortcut buttons to quickly skip to different areas. Its logical design isn’t particularly innovative but it will be painless to live with on a day-to-day basis.

All-round visibility is generally good but, like many modern cars, thick rear pillars mean rear visibility could be better. At least rear parking sensors are fitted as standard and nearly all cars get a rear-view camera.

Taller drivers may find headroom in the front to be a little on the tight side, so make sure you test it out before you buy.

Standard equipment

There is an entry-level trim in the Qashqai called the Visia, but few people choose it so it’s a rare model. It offers LED headlights and a range of driver assistance tech including blind-spot monitoring, high-beam assist and adaptive cruise control, but misses out on alloy wheels and, notably, a touchscreen.

Acenta Premium includes both of those things, plus keyless start, two-zone climate control, a rear-view camera and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone connectivity. N-Connecta is next, adding front parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, privacy glass, ambient lighting and 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.

Tekna ups the size of the wheels again, and also includes wireless phone charging, a huge head-up display, a powered tailgate and a glass roof. If that’s still not enough, top-spec Tekna+ gets massaging quilted leather seats, a Bose sound system and 20-inch alloys.

Infotainment and audio

The radio display you get in the Visia looks pretty poor and lacks the functionality in higher-spec cars – you do at least get Bluetooth connectivity but it’s hard to operate without a screen. You probably want to get at least the Acenta Premium trim, with its nine-inch touchscreen. This gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring so, even if you don’t get the built-in sat nav that comes on higher trims, you can navigate using your smartphone’s apps.

This nine-inch screen was standard on all trims except Visia until June 2022, when the top three trim levels were boosted with a 12.3-inch touchscreen. This screen is much wider and has a lot more space to display information, at the expense of the twiddly volume and tuning dials. We think this screen looks more modern than the smaller screen and may age better. Although both screens have fuzzier graphics than the Hyundai Tucson, so you might want to use your phone’s apps to bypass Nissan’s system anyway.

Rear seat space

The first thing you’ll notice when you open the Qashqai’s doors is just how far they open, which’ll make it a doddle to get child seats – or grumpy toddlers – in and out. Once you’re inside, you’ll notice there’s more space than in the last Qashqai. Rear-seat room is competitive with rivals, and tall adults will be able to sit one behind the other. Three adults sitting side-by-side on the back row will be fine on shorter journeys.

Storage space is good, too, with door bins that can hold large bottles, seatback pockets and extra cupholders in the central armrest that can be pulled down when the fifth seat isn’t in use. You also get air vents, USB ports and two sets of Isofix points, making the Qashqai a good family vehicle.

Boot space

Having gained up to 70 litres of boot space versus the old Qashqai, the new model is now reasonably competitive with rivals. You now get a 504-litre boot on Visia and Acenta Premium cars, while higher-spec cars have 25 litres less than that as they feature luggage dividers that allow you to separate the boot into sections. The Qashqai is roughly on a par with the Ford Kuga and SEAT Ateca, but you do get more boot space in a Skoda Karoq or Kia Sportage.

Fold the seats down and you get up to 1,447 litres of space to fill (provided you’re happy loading to the roof). There’s a false boot floor that can be used to create a flat load area for large items.

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