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2017 Nissan Qashqai facelift: new vs old compared

The Nissan Qashqai has been updated for 2017. So, what's changed and should you buy the new car?

Words BySteve Huntingford

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2017 Nissan Qashqai facelift new vs old – interior and equipment

The facelift brings upgraded dashboard materials and a new steering wheel design. It's this flat-bottomed wheel that makes the biggest difference, looking and feeling of a higher quality, as well as having more infotainment controls on it. However, the Qashqai still doesn't feel as classy as the latest Peugeot 3008.

All models now get a DAB radio, as standard, and the automatic emergency braking system can now recognise pedestrians as well as cars. Plus, there's a new range-topping Tekna+ trim, the main attractions of which are plush nappa leather seats, an eight-speaker Bose sound system and a huge panoramic glass roof.

From next spring, Nissan will offer a semi-autonomous driving system called ProPilot, which uses a combination of lane assist and active cruise control to let you take your hands off the wheel for short periods.


2017 Nissan Qashqai facelift new vs old – infotainment

Nissan has introduced a smartphone-like tile menu layout. However, the 7.0in touchscreen that this is displayed on isn't particularly sharp and its response times are average at best.

To make matters worse, smartphone mirroring systems such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto still aren't available, even as options. Both the Ateca and 3008 offer more advanced set-ups.

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