The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The driving position in the Nissan Qashqai is superb. The driver's seat is comfy, and it lines up well with the pedals and the height and reach adjustable steering wheel. If you avoid entry-level Visia trim, you get powered adjustable lumbar support, while Tekna and Tekna+ models add full electric seat adjustment. The Tekna+ even has seat memory settings and a massage function.
You feel as though you’re sitting higher up from the road than you do in a conventional hatchback (or the Seat Ateca for that matter), which is something most SUV fans will appreciate.
Reversing isn’t too much of a challenge because even entry-level Visia models come 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 adds front parking sensors. All versions have LED headlights, and they're adaptive on Tekna trim and above, so you can leave them on high beam without dazzling 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 as though 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 Karoq and Ateca outclass the Qashqai in those respects, but the best system in the family SUV class for usability is the one in the BMW X1.