Nissan Qashqai interior
The new Qashqai is nicely finished and an improvement on its predecessor, but still lacks a bit of visual wow-factor
The Nissan Qashqai has never really been that much of a stunner when it comes to interior style, but this new one does improve things somewhat. For starters, there are plenty of plush-feeling materials used throughout, with the Nappa leather seat upholstery (standard on the Premiere Edition launch special) being a particular highlight.
Elsewhere, the dashtop is covered in an attractive leatherette material, while silver and black plastic trim finishers (some of which are textured, and designed to mimic traditional Japanese woodwork) help inject a nice bit of pizzazz into the cabin.
It’s still not quite as funky as, say, a Peugeot 3008, but it’s an improvement on the old car. Well, at least it is in Premiere Edition specification anyway. We’ll find out if the lower-grade models continue this trend in due course.
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The Premiere Edition version of the new Qashqai gets a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment suite, which is mounted in pride of place on top of the dash.
The graphics are impressively clear and easy to read, but there is a wee bit of lag as you swipe between menus. Nissan has also left a few physical shortcut buttons along the bottom of the screen, which makes the system far easier to use when you’re driving.
All the usual toys (think satellite navigation, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity) are present and correct, and there’s even a wi-fi hotspot. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay also come as standard, and you don’t even need a cable to connect to the latter.
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. Handy.