The Qashqai feels fairly solid inside but alternatives have plusher materials and less cluttered infotainment systems
Besides a few subtle tweaks, the Nissan Qashqai’s interior looks almost identical to when this version was launched in 2014. The most noticeable changes are the sporty steering wheel (that gives you a slightly better view of the instruments) and the larger infotainment screen fitted to mid-specification models and above.
Sadly, it is nowhere near as modern as the Peugeot 3008’s slick minimalist interior but at least the surfaces you’ll regularly touch feel soft and yielding.
While every Nissan Qashqai comes with a 5-inch colour display nestled neatly between the analogue dials, all Qashqais bar entry-level Visia models also get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment. Pick a Tekna version and you also get an upgraded Bose stereo system and heated front seats with partial leather trim.
Rather frustratingly, seats with electrical adjustment and memory functions (especially useful if you regularly lend your car to someone else) are reserved for range-topping Tekna+ models.
The Nissan Qashqai’s cabin was updated in 2017 but the differences are harder to spot than Where’s Wally in an American flag factory
Nissan Qashqai Visia cars come with a CD player, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth phone connectivity as standard but they lack any kind of central infotainment screen or satellite navigation system.
Pay a little extra for an Acenta Premium car or above and you’ll get a 7-inch touchscreen display with sat nav as standard, but the menu graphics are a little crowded and the screen isn’t the sharpest around. The optional 8-inch screens you get in a Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage look modern and are easier to read.
On the plus side, the Nissan Qashqai’s system responds quickly when you touch the screen and it’s easy to punch in a postcode and it understands two-finger smartphone gestures such as pinching to zoom in. Following the sat-nav’s directions on the five-inch driver’s display is simple but they tend to appear a tad late. In some cases, by the time they appear, it’s too late to make a lane-change if traffic is particularly heavy.
All but Visia models come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone screen mirroring functionality which allows you to hook your phone up to the car’s infotainment system and use its larger screen for phone-based apps such as Spotify and Waze.
Affordable Visia cars have to make do with a fairly weedy four-speaker stereo system while Acenta Premium and N-Connecta versions get an improved six-speaker unit. More expensive Tekna and Tekna+ versions get a much better Bose stereo as standard with eight speakers and a bass-boosting subwoofer. Unfortunately, you can’t get it as an optional extra on cheaper models.