There’s bags of space for adults in the front of the Nissan Qashqai, with more than enough head room for six-footers to sit in comfort.
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 rear space
The rear half of the Qashqai’s interior is spacious by small SUV standards, with lots of head room and more knee room than you’ll find in some cars from the class above. 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.
Nissan Qashqai seating flexibility
Does the basics, but there’s nothing particularly clever
The Qashqai’s rear seats fold down in a 60:40 split, and while the resulting floor isn’t absolutely flat, it lies at a small enough angle for it not to be an issue.
There are few neat tricks, however; you don’t get 'remote' handles in the boot to lower the rear seatbacks, so you’ll have to reach forwards or open the rear doors to get at the release catches.
Nor does the seatback of the front passenger seat fold down to help you accommodate longer loads. And the rear seats don’t slide or recline as they do in some rivals.
Nissan Qashqai boot space
Big boot, and most versions get a variable-height floor
The Qashqai’s boot offers 439 litres of space with the rear seats in place. In real-world terms, that means you’ll have more than enough room for the weekly shopping, a full set of family luggage or a couple of sets of golf clubs – and if you lower the rear seats, there’s enough space for a decent run to your favourite flat-pack furniture store.
All Qashqais bar entry-level Visia editions get a false boot floor that allows you to divide up the space and keep fragile items out of harm’s way. This handy feature also irons out what would otherwise be a big lip at the entrance of the boot.