Space and practicality
Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot
Despite being fractionally shorter than the Qashqai, the Ateca is roomier inside. In the front, it has a little bit more leg room and significantly more head room, although we suspect the optional panoramic glass roof (£450) fitted to our Qashqai test car robbed it of some head room.
As a bonus, the Ateca has bigger door pockets and a larger cubbyhole in front of the gearlever, with the latter able to charge your compatible phone wirelessly (if you add a £505 pack, which also includes keyless entry). The Qashqai fights back with a larger cubby under the armrest that houses USB and aux ports, although the Ateca also has these, and they’re in front of the gearlever, where they’re more easily accessible.
In the rear seats, the Qashqai has slightly more leg room, but the Ateca has the overall advantage, with significantly more head room and a less claustrophobic feel, thanks to a lower window line and more glass. The Ateca’s rear door pockets are usefully bigger than the Qashqai’s, too.
As for boot space, the Ateca is ahead once again. The Qashqai may get a height-adjustable boot fl oor as standard (a £120 option on the Ateca), but its load space is smaller and a more awkward shape. It’s also useful that you can fold the Ateca’s rear seatbacks from inside the boot, thanks to a couple of handily placed levers.
If you’re tempted by a posher Qashqai with an upgraded Bose stereo, make sure you can live with the fact that this reduces boot space by nearly 30 litres.
Official boot capacity 430-1598 litres Suitcase capacity 6
Despite being the longer car, the Qashqai is less spacious inside. Adjustable boot floor is standard but can’t make up for the boot’s awkward shape and smaller capacity. Even so, it’s bigger than that of most similar-priced hatchbacks
Official boot capacity 510-1604 litres Suitcase capacity 8
Ateca is bigger in almost every area, making it much more practical. Those in the rear will find it less claustrophobic than the Qashqai and the boot is a more uniform shape. Variable-height boot floor is a worthwhile option
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