New Nissan Qashqai vs used BMW X1: which is best?

You want a sharp-looking family SUV but you have a choice – do you buy a new example of the car that’s come to define the class, or do you buy a year-old one with a premium badge?...

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Mark Pearson
20 Mar 2017 12:25 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

New Nissan Qashqai vs used BMW X1 – interior & equipment

New Nissan Qashqai vs used BMW X1: which is best?

The Qashqai’s interior can’t quite match the X1’s for quality, but it gets closer than most. The interior plastics are mostly soft touch and dense, and the buttons and switches all operate with a solid and reassuring feel. The entry-level trims in the Qashqai range are reasonably well equipped, but our favourite is N-Connecta, which brings a 7.0in touchscreen with sat-nav and parking sensors all round. The infotainment system in this model works well, although you can’t use a smartphone through the touchscreen and it feels a little out of date now against the systems found in its younger rivals.

As you might expect, the X1’s interior feels more classy. All the bits of trim you come into contact with regularly inside the X1 are of a high quality, with switches and buttons exuding a feeling of solidity. All trims are well equipped, so for our money the entry-level SE is all you need. It comes with 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, sat nav, USB input and DAB radio. Its iDrive infotainment system is controlled by rotary dial, and its intuitive set-up makes it one of our favourite systems.


New Nissan Qashqai vs used BMW X1 – space & practicality

New Nissan Qashqai vs used BMW X1: which is best?

Most people will be able to get comfortable in the Qashqai, as the steering wheel moves up and down as well as in and out, and there’s a good range of adjustment on the seat. There’s plenty of space up front with plenty of room for oddments with a large bin below the central armrest and plenty of room in the doors for storage. Rear space is good, too, with good leg and head room for passengers. The boot is of a good size and shape, with a false boot floor which can be used to stop your shopping from falling over on the way home from the supermarket.

In the X1, there’s a good range of adjustment in both the seat and steering wheel, plus a deep central armrest. The driver's seat has plenty of side support too, even on our SE model. There’s plenty of space up front, with masses of head room, and plenty of good-sized storage spaces dotted around. Space in the rear is equally good, and with the sliding rear seats back as far as they’ll go there’s plenty of room for taller passengers, as well as useful storage space for smaller items. The boot is large and well shaped, being usefully square, with no lip to overcome and no uneven floor either.

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New Nissan Qashqai vs used BMW X1: which is best?