If you’re in the market for a small SUV, you could be forgiven for thinking your only choice was the Nissan Qashqai. Any car that enters this segment must prove its worth against the Nissan’s inimitable breadth of ability – it’s comfortable yet composed on the road, solidly built, well equipped and efficient.
If you’ve decided to take the plunge, you’re in luck – the Qashqai is one of the highest rated cars currently on sale. But, if you take a look at it through carwow’s configurator, you’ll notice there are a number of options to help you make your Qashqai your own – which ones are worth the cash and which are better left on the equipment list.
Nissan Connect infotainment system
This is your typical all-encompassing infotainment system. It features satellite-navigation with traffic avoidance, smartphone integration including music streaming via Bluetooth, MP3 player input and DAB digital radio. It’s not strictly available as an option and, instead, can only be had if you specify n-tec trim which gets it as standard. Considering the high levels of kit you already get, this seems a very sensible choice.
Nissan Around View Monitor
Again, like the Nissan Connect infotainment system, Around View Monitor is only available with n-tec trim and isn’t offered as a standalone option. Using a network of cameras in front, around the back and embedded in the wing mirrors, the system builds up a birds-eye image of what’s around you when you’re manoeuvring. This makes it a doddle to park without risking those nice alloy wheels.
Smart Vision pack – £495
The Qashqai has decent visibility from the driver’s seat but, for added peace of mind, you can specify the Smart Vision pack. The pack is made up of traffic sign recognition, lane-departure warning, autonomous braking, front and rear parking sensors, and an anti-dazzle rear-view mirror. This pack is standard on n-tec trims upwards but, even on lower grades, it’s reasonably priced for the kit on offer.
Panoramic glass roof – £400
We’d normally advise against cosmetic options in favour of technological ones but the panoramic glass roof option on the Qashqai is very reasonably priced. It’ll bring plenty of extra light into the cabin, distract irritable children in the back and provide plenty of opportunity for impromptu star-gazing. It’s standard on n-tec+ trim and an option on top-spec Tekna models.
Intelligent Park Assist
Parking is a pain in the proverbial. Even with the Qashqai’s relatively compact dimensions and good visibility, getting it into a tight space on a busy high street can be stressful – so why bother? It’s only offered as standard on top-spec Tekna models but it’ll take literally all the hassle out of manoeuvring in tight spaces. Simply press the button, control the throttle, and the car will park itself.
Stainless steel illuminated side bars – £738
In America, where pickup trucks are as tall as some Canadian redwood trees, you might need side bars to help you into the lofty cabin. But, in Britain, you’d struggle to argue the Qashqai is too tall to simply step into. We’re not wholly opposed to the concept of side bars, but the Qashqai is too small to merit fitting them and the option is way too expensive to justify the added usefulness.
19″ alloy wheels – £1,116
Alloy wheels are like shoes for your car and, for some, the bigger and flashier the better. However, as we explained in our alloy wheel investigation, big alloys often look cool but ruin the way your car drives. On a Qashqai – a sensible, family car need we remind you – big alloys seem a needless extravagance. They’ll spoil the ride quality (something the Qashqai was praised for), they’ll kerb easily and they’re outrageously expensive. Nissan doesn’t even include tyres!
Cashing up the Qashqai
Head over to our car configurator to see how much carwow’s approved Nissan dealers can save you on your ideal Qashqai. To help you pick, head over to our Qashqai colours guide to choose what shade to buy and check out our dimensions guide to see if it’ll fit into your life. Or for more options, take a look at our car deals page to see our latest discounts.