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Nissan Qashqai review

Space & practicality
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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Nissan Qashqai hatchback front space

There’s decent space for adults in the front of most Qashqais, with more than enough head room for six-footers to sit in comfort. We say ‘most’ because it’s worth remembering that the panoramic glass roof that’s standard on Tekna+ and optional on other trims eats into head room significantly. Leg room is fine but not class-leading.

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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 electric parking brake.

Nissan Qashqai hatchback rear space

The Qashqai’s rear seats are reasonably roomy by family SUV standards, with lots of head room (especially if you avoid versions with a panoramic roof) and a fair amount knee room. In both respects, the Qashqai is roughly on a par with the Skoda Karoq, meaning two grown-ups will be comfortable in the back on longer trips, although anyone taller than six feet will probably find their knees brushing the seat in front – especially if there’s someone equally lofty sitting in the seat in front.

There isn’t much in the way of storage space, because the rear door pockets are pretty pokey.

2019 Nissan Qashqai boot

Nissan Qashqai hatchback seating flexibility

The Qashqai does the basics, but there’s nothing particularly clever here. In the front, you get a height-adjustable passenger seat from Acenta Premium trim up, and in the rear, a folding centre armrest.

The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split, rather than the more versatile 40/20/40 arrangement offered in some rivals, and they don’t do anything else clever, such as sliding back and forth or reclining; the Karoq gives you that option, and also to remove its rear seats entirely.

You don’t get super-convenient 'remote' handles in the boot to lower the rear seatbacks like you do in some rivals (such as the Seat Ateca), either; you have to release catches on the top of the rear seats before hauling the seatback forward.

Nissan Qashqai hatchback boot space

There’s enough room for the weekly shopping or a couple of sets of golf clubs. However, for outright boot space, the Qashqai is heavily outclassed by the Skoda Karoq, which, in our tests, managed to hold nine carry-on suitcases below its parcel shelf, compared with the Qashqai’s six.

However, all Qashqais, apart from entry-level Visia models, come with 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 smoothes 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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