Nissan Qashqai long-term test: report 6

The Nissan Qashqai is one of the best-selling family SUVs, but is its popularity deserved? We're living with one to find out...

Nissan Qashqai 2022 long-term boot boards

The car Nissan Qashqai N-Connecta DIG-T MH 158 XTronic Run by John Bradshaw, chief photographer

Why it’s here To see if one of Britain's most popular family SUVs can cut it as an all-weather, all-purpose workhorse 

Needs to Carry heavy, bulky equipment all over the country while being comfy, safe and economical

Mileage 9242 List price £32,595 Target Price £30,760 Price as tested £33,050 Test economy 41.0mpg Official economy 44.3mpg 

24 May 2022 – Shapes sorted

Did you ever have one of those educational toys that gave you a range of brightly coloured cuboids, cylinders and prisms, and the challenge of finding the appropriately shaped hole to slot them through? Well, I did, and now my Nissan Qashqai has given me another one. And it's proving a bit of a godsend.

For my job as What Car?'s chief photographer,  I have to carry a lot of valuable camera gear around every day. And even with a boot big enough to hold it all, it's prone to tumbling around and colliding together expensively if it's not held securely in place.

Nissan Qashqai 2022 long-term boot boards full

Fortunately, Nissan's thoughtful 'luggage boards' are on hand to address that issue. Rather than just having a moveable boot floor, as is commonplace, Nissan provides moveable planks that can be configured (it says) in 20 different ways. They can be arranged vertically, horizontally or in a combination, and the effect is that they split the boot's volume into handy compartments.

After a period of fiddling, the layout I've arrived at ensures that I don't end up with knackered Nikons at journey's end. It's a feature that I didn't realise was there until quite recently, and now I reckon every car should have it.

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