- The car Nissan Qashqai 1.2 N-Connecta
- Run by What Car? reviews team
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Price £24,380 Price as tested £24,675 Miles 2676 Official economy 50.4mpg Test economy 37.0mpg Options fitted Heat Pack (£295)
30 November 2017 – city life
I’m pleased to report that during its stint with me and my London commute, the Qashqai is (touch wood) free from dents and scrapes thanks to a few things.
Firstly, the steering is light and precise at low speeds, so awkwardly backing into tight spaces to let other cars pass through SUV-riddled residential areas, and squeezing it into small multi-storey parking spots are a breeze despite its size.
Secondly, and crucially, the Qashqai is equipped with Nissan’s excellent surround-view camera. Standard on N-Connecta and above trims, or a pricey £795 extra on Acenta, it uses four cameras – one on the rear, one on the front and one on each door mirror – to simultaneously display a birds-eye view of the car along with either a front or rear view on the infotainment screen.
This means it would take someone with the spatial awareness of a collapsing building to pick up any dents and or scratches in a parking maneuver.
It really is a brilliant piece of equipment, especially if you don’t have the semi-autonomous Park Assist feature which you get on Tekna trim, one step up from our N-Connecta model.
It’s also good considering its main rival, the Seat Ateca, offers a top-view camera, but it isn’t standard on any trim and is a £475 optional extra.
There is a small flaw, however, that has become irritating due to the recent bad weather. Winter rain has turned the roads into mucky, wet slabs of tarmac, with the wheels kicking up water and the door mirrors getting caked in grime.
This means that the cameras also get covered with dirt, which distorts the image shown on the infotainment system. It is still useable, but much more difficult to see. It would be handy to have a mechanism that cleans it on start up, because as it is you’ll need to carry a tissue around with you to wipe down the four cameras and get a crystal clear picture when it’s been raining.
The £295 heat pack is proving its worth as well, rapidly clearing the overnight frost on the windscreen and helping keep the front seats warm and toasty.