Nissan Qashqai interior
The new Qashqai is nicely finished and an improvement on its predecessor, and it’s much more interesting to look at than before. It doesn’t have the sharpest infotainment system around, though.
The Nissan Qashqai’s cabin has improved a lot. The old car was pretty dull, but this new one is a much more interesting place to spend time. There’s a lot more visual flair than before, but the likes of the Peugeot 3008 still blows it out of the water for outright style appeal.
Still, it feels noticeably more upmarket than before. High-spec models get swish Nappa leather seat upholstery (standard on the Premiere Edition and Tekna+ models), a nice leatherette for the dash and good quality plastic finishing trim that looks smart and feels sturdy.
The lower-spec models aren’t as premium inside but it’s still an improvement over the last model. One thing that we like is that the buttons are nice and tactile, which is a great touch that is often ignored by car makers but can make all the difference when you’re living with the car every day.
It’s got lots of tech like phone charging and sat-nav, although the infotainment is not the Qashqai’s strong point.
The range-topping infotainment system is centred around a 9-inch touchscreen mounted on top of the dash, and unfortunately it’s a bit of a weak point for the new Qashqai.
The graphics are clear and easy to read, but it’s laggy and switching between menus is slow. There are some shortcut buttons that make things easier but it’s not as slick as the system in a Skoda Karoq.
You get sat-nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity as standard with the 9-inch screen, plus a wi-fi hotspot. You also get Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay in higher spec cars, plus a wireless phone charger in the centre console.
A sharp-looking 12.3-in digital instrument panel replaces the old car’s analogue dials, and there’s a new 10-inch head-up display too. It’s clear, easy to use and has all the different functions and features you need.
However, it’s worth pointing out that the entry-level car doesn’t even have any sort of screen at all – just a simple DAB radio set-up with some limited smartphone connectivity. Mid-range models also get a smaller 8-inch unit than the 9-inch screen we tested.
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