You shouldn’t have any problem getting comfortable in the Nissan Qashqai. There’s a good range of adjustment to the seat, and the steering wheel moves in and out as well as up and down.
The only slight downside is that you get adjustable lumbar support only on the expensive range-topping versions; it’s not even available as an option on cheaper models.
Nissan Qashqai visibility
The Nissan Qashqai has the sort of elevated driving position that's normal with an SUV, so you get a good view of the road ahead of you. Things aren’t perfect, though, because the windscreen pillars are quite thick, which limits your field of vision a little.
The rear pillars are even more substantial, which, when combined with a narrow rear window, makes over-the-shoulder visibility pretty poor. Given this, it’s a shame that even rear parking sensors aren’t standard on Visia and Acenta models; N-Connecta versions and above get front and rear parking sensors, along with front, side and rear cameras, while range-topping Tekna models come with a self-parking system.
Nissan Qashqai infotainment
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. The system comes with Bluetooth connectivity as standard, though, and it’s simple to use, with big, clearly marked buttons.
Move up to N-Connecta or Tekna trims and you get Nissan’s Connect system, which is based around a 7in touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard. It comes with a DAB radio alongside a USB socket, plus satellite navigation, but not Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, so unlike some rivals’ systems, you can’t use your smartphone through the touchscreen. The system doesn’t have the slickest interface on the market, either, and the screen can be affected by sun glare, but it’s responsive enough and offers many more features than the more basic set-up.
Nissan Qashqai build quality
The Nissan Qashqai might not have a premium badge on its tailgate, but you wouldn’t know that from sitting in the cabin. The dashboard is made of dense, soft materials in all the areas you’re likely to touch, and the buttons and switches all operate with a solid, reassuring action.
Higher-end models get a glossy ‘piano black’ finish around the colour screen in the centre of the dashboard, but even the entry-level version has chrome flourishes around the air vents that give the Qashqai a little extra sophistication.