How to spec a Nissan Qashqai
Our guide to Nissan's small SUV covers which specification to go for, which options are worth looking at and how much you should pay...
How to spec a Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai is consistently among the best-selling cars in the UK. In fact, more than 64,000 were sold in 2017 alone. And it's easy to see why the Qashqai is so popular – it is, after all, the car that kick-started the current revolution for small SUVs and made buyers realise that they could have the looks and practicality of an SUV without their traditionally high running costs. It's a former What Car? Car of the Year, too.
There's a wide array of option packs and trims on offer with the Qashqai, though, so click through this slideshow to see how to get the best equipment without paying over the odds.
Our recommended N-Connecta models come with most things you're likely to need, including front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, keyless start and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav.
Moving up the range, Tekna models get more safety technology including a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross traffic alert, plus 19in alloys and an upgraded stereo, while range-topping Tekna+ cars have a leather trim and sports seats. Both trims, however, make the Qashqai an expensive choice.
Metallic paint (£575)
Metallic paint should improve the resale value of your car, so long as you don't opt for a particularly garish choice. At £575, this is an option we'd choose, especially since perenially popular colours such as silver and black are available.
We'd be tempted to stay away from the bolder red or blue options, though.
Panoramic glass roof (£450)
Although the Qashqai's panoramic glass roof brings extra light into the interior, it can also hamper rear head room significantly – making it difficult for taller adults to get comfortable over long journeys, although it should be fine for childern. It's available as part of a pack that also includes a one-touch electric shade, but is fairly expensive at £450.
Heat pack (£295)
Nissan's heat pack is well worth looking at if you value heated seats, which could help make long winter journeys more comfortable. For £295, you get a Thermaclear heated windscreen, too, which should make short work of early-morning ice on your windscreen.
It's also worth noting that heated door mirrors come as standard on every Qashqai.
LED pack (£495)
Another option we'd pick is the LED pack, which makes especially good sense if you live in the countryside. It gets you adaptive front LED headlights with an automatic self-levelling system, and doesn't cost much at £495.
Spare wheel (£215)
Like most modern cars, the Qashqai comes with a puncture repair kit as standard, but for extra peace of mind you can upgrade to a space-saver spare wheel for £215.
Speaking of wheels, you can opt for larger 19in alloys on every model for a cost of £1208, but be warned that this makes the ride overly firm. For the most comfortable experience, we'd stick with smaller wheels.
How to buy your perfect Nissan Qashqai
So that's how we'd spec a Nissan Qashqai, and below is how much it will cost you:
Model 1.5 dCi 110 N-Connecta List price £25,555 Target Price £22,645 Options we'd choose Metallic paint (£575), LED pack (£495) Cost of recommended options £1070