Nissan Qashqai hatchback driving position
Most people shouldn’t have any problem getting comfortable in the Qashqai. There’s a good range of adjustment for the seat and the steering wheel moves in and out as well as up and down.
Lumbar support on the driver’s seat is standard on all but entry-level Visia models. Tekna+ upgrades this to four-way electric lumbar support adjustment, with manual lumbar support adjustment on the passenger seat.
Nissan Qashqai hatchback visibility
The 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 so limit your field of vision a little.
The rear pillars are even more substantial – this, 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 for a 360deg view, while range-topping Tekna models come with a self-parking system.
Nissan Qashqai hatchback 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. 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Even this range-topping system feels very out of date next to the better systems in the class, such as those fitted to the Seat Ateca and Skoda Kodiaq, or the best rotary-controlled systems in the BMW X1 and Audi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.
Nissan Qashqai hatchback build quality
The Qashqai can’t quite match premium-badged rivals for interior quality, but it gets closer than most. The dashboard is made of dense, soft materials in all the areas you’re likely to touch, and the buttons and switches operate with a solid, reassuring action.
Higher-end models get swish ambient lighting and a glossy piano-black finish around the colour screen in the centre of the dashboard. But, ultimately, while the Qashqai has one of the better interiors in this class, a Karoq looks and feels classier still.