The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The driving position is superb. The manually adjustable driver's seat is comfy and lines up well with the pedals and the fully adjustable steering wheel. From Acenta Premium trim up, electric lumbar adjustment is added, and Tekna and Tekna+ models have full electric seat adjustment. The Tekna+ even adds memory settings and a massage function, so you can destress on longer journeys.
You also feel like you’re sitting higher up from the road than you do in a common or garden hatchback (or a Seat Ateca, for that matter), which is something most SUV fans will appreciate.
However, reversing isn’t too much of a challenge, because even the entry-level Visia model comes with rear parking sensors. Acenta Premium trim adds a rear-view camera, while going for N-Connecta trim or above swaps that for a 360-degree bird’s eye view camera and front parking sensors. All versions have LED headlights, and they are adaptive on the Tekna trim upwards, which means you can leave them on high beam without blinding other drivers.
Sat nav and infotainment
Infotainment isn’t a strength of the Qashqai, but neither is it a reason not to buy one. As with other Nissans, the graphics look like they could be from an old arcade game – especially the sat-nav maps – and the operating system isn’t the most intuitive or responsive. The Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca outclass the Qashqai in those respects, but the best system in the family SUV class for usability is the BMW X1's.