The Qashqai’s infotainment system comes in two distinct grades. Visia and Acenta editions get a basic stereo, and Visia doesn’t even get a USB socket to go with it. You do get a DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity as standard, though, and it’s simple to use, with big, clearly marked buttons.
Move up to N-Connecta or Tekna and you get Nissan’s Connect system, which is operated through a 7.0in touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard. It comes with a DAB radio, a USB socket and satellite navigation, but not Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; so, unlike some rival systems, you can’t use your smartphone through the touchscreen.
Even this range-topping system feels very out of date next to the better systems in the class, such as those fitted to the Seat Ateca and Skoda Kodiaq, or the best rotary-controlled systems in the BMW X1 and Audi Q2. By contrast, Nissan’s touchscreen has a lower resolution, small icons that are trickier to hit on the move and it’s not that responsive to commands.