Space & practicality

Nissan Qashqai review

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7 Nov 2016 17:03 | Last updated: 28 Sep 2018 19:54

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Nissan Qashqai hatchback front space

There’s bags of space for adults in the front of most Qashqais, with more than enough head room for six-footers to sit in comfort. Just remember that the panoramic glass roof that’s standard on Tekna+ and optional on other trims eats into head room significantly.

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Oddment space includes a deep glovebox, a pair of cupholders just ahead of the central armrest and door bins that can accommodate a large drinks bottle. The storage area ahead of the gearlever isn’t as useful as it could be, however, because a fair bit of space is taken up by a 12V socket and the switch for the electronic parking brake.

Nissan Qashqai hatchback rear space

The rear half of the Qashqai’s interior is spacious by family SUV standards, with lots of head room and knee room. This makes it possible for three adults to sit in the back for short journeys, and two tall grown-ups will be perfectly comfortable for longer trips.

There isn’t much in the way of storage, though, other than a small cubby in the centre console between the back of the front seats and fairly small door pockets.

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Nissan Qashqai hatchback seating flexibility

The Qashqai does the basics, but there’s nothing particularly clever here. The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split rather than the more versatile 40/20/40 arrangement you get in other SUVs and, when folded down, the backrests sit at a slight angle rather than lying completely flat.

There are few neat tricks; you don’t get super-convenient 'remote' handles in the boot to lower the rear seatbacks like in some rivals; you have to reach forward or open the rear doors to reach the release catches on the top of the rear seats.

Nor does the front passenger seat fold down flat to help you accommodate longer loads. The rear seats don’t slide or recline, either, as they do in some competitors.

Nissan Qashqai hatchback boot space

The boot offers 430 litres of space with the rear seats in place, unless you opt for Tekna or Tekna+ trims – these get a subwoofer in the boot that reduces space to 401 litres. In real-world terms, that’s enough room for the weekly shopping or a couple of sets of golf clubs. However, the Qashqai’s heavily outclassed by the Skoda Karoq, which can fit nine carry-on suitcases in the boot to its six.

All Qashqais bar entry-level Visia editions get a false boot floor. This is useful in several ways: you can raise it to create separate underfloor storage; in its upper position, the floor smooths out the lip by the tailgate opening and the step created when you fold down the rear seats; or you can slot one of the floor sections in vertically halfway along the boot, creating a divider that stops your shopping bags from flying around.

 

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There are 5 trims available for the Qashqai hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Visia
This entry-level trim gets most essentials, including air conditioning, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, remote central locking, four electric windows and cruise control. If you can, it’s worth going up to...View trim
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Acenta
Worth a look because it takes the basic Visia spec and adds dual-zone climate control, 17in alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, and snazzy interior ambient lighting. You still have to live w...View trim
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N-Connecta
Our favourite trim is N-Connecta, because it brings luxuries such as a 7.0in touchscreen with sat-nav, a 360deg camera system, privacy glass and front and rear parking sensors. It also has 18in whe...View trim
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Tekna
Tekna brings heated and electrically adjustable part-leather seats, LED headlights, a self-parking system and even more safety features than you get with N-Connecta, including a system that alerts...View trim
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Tekna+
Tekna+ comes with luxurious nappa leather seats and LED headlights, but it makes the Qashqai extremely expensive, placing it against premium rivals with which it can’t realistically compete...View trim
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