The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A truly fabulous family mid-range SUV

Starting price: £22,875

Pros

3 boosters in the rear

Plenty of space for a pushchair and shopping bags

Large touchscreen

360 camera

Flush boot lip

Cons

No air vents in the rear

No boot button to close boot

Cup holders could be better positioned

Intro

It is quite clear to see why there are so many Nissan Qashqai’s on our roads.  It is an incredibly popular SUV which we loved.  The look is stylish with a classic finish.  There are 3 trims in this range; Acenta Premium, N-Connecta, N-Motion. We drove the N-Connecta in automatic.

It is incredibly easy to drive and like its slightly larger version – the X-Trail, the Qashqai has great road visibility due to its perfectly positioned height. Feeling nice and high up on the road in our opinion, gives you a greater sense of safety too. When taking longer journeys, the cruise control is simple to use and allows for a really comfortable family drive to wherever you’re going.

Interior

The interior has a stylish and slick look about it. The onboard computer and 7 inch touchscreen is logically laid out and the controls are easy to manipulate whilst driving, although we would like it slightly higher so you’re not having to look down.  There is the luxury of dual climate control, meaning you can turn your side up without the moans and groans that the car is too hot or cold!  However, there are no air vents in the back for the kids which is a real shame. All trim models include smartphone integration, which we wouldn’t be without, allowing you to access your phone’s apps. 

The mirrors are incredibly large, providing great visibility.  They also flip in automatically when the car is locked.  There are front and rear parking sensors on the Acenta Premium. However, up-grade to the N-Connecta or N-Motion and you’ll find our favourite feature – the “Intelligent Around View Monitor.” A 360° camera which allows you to see the car’s surroundings from a bird’s eye view, making parking an absolute doddle!  You can even switch your camera view allowing you to see exactly how close you are to the kerb. If only all cars had this! 

Seats & Passenger Space

The seats are synthetic, but wipeable. However, if leather seats are on your wish list, they come as standard on the top of the range N-Motion trim. The driver’s seat is electrically adjusted, meaning you can get the perfect position easily and there is plenty of leg room in the front for the driver and passenger. 

There are 2 ISOFIX points in the rear and we could fit 3 booster seats on the back seat (2 large and 1 smaller in the centre), meaning the Nissan Qashqai is perfect for car shares, playdates or growing families. However, if placing a rear facing baby seat on the back seat, there is only room for one other booster.  A 3rd passenger could squeeze in the centre but there isn’t enough space for a 3rd booster. It is worth noting that the car doors open nice and wide, making it much easier to get that baby seat in and out too. 3 adults would also find long journeys comfortable in the back as there is more than enough space. The N-Connecta also comes with roof rails (for that all important roof box) and tinted rear windows.

Cups & Cubby

There are 2 good sized central cup holders in between the 2 front seats. Although being behind the gear stick means grabbing your coffee at a slightly awkward angle, we prefer them further forward. There is a small tray underneath the air con controls for keys and phones and this is where you’ll find the USB port. 

If storage is a priority, then don’t settle for anything lower than the N-Connecta trim as it’s here you’ll gain a little more space.  The door bins are slightly larger and can accommodate a water bottle and you’ll also gain a rear armrest with 2 cupholders. There are additional storage pockets on the back of the driver and passenger seats, but you won’t get anything bulky in there except maybe a couple of colouring books.  The glove box is a good size and can easily fit 2 iPads. 

Boot Space

The boot is a reasonable size for a mid-range, but there are larger boots in this class.  Whilst there is amble space for a stroller and a weekly shop, a large double pram would leave little room for anything else.  The boot also boasts the “luggage support system,” which means that although the boot floor is flush, it comes in 2 separate parts that can be removed altogether (allowing for a little more space) or moved around in several ways to create a divider that apparently prevents shopping bags from moving around.  We’re not sure how useful this feature is and how frequently it would be used, with time being precious, you just want to load the car and go.

Summary

Overall, we absolutely loved the Qashqai.  We would only consider the N-Connecta model upwards, as it comes with all the family essentials in our pros list.  It is a perfect, affordable mid-range family car, providing plenty of space and comfort whilst not being too large.  It is no surprise it won “Autotrader’s Best Car for City Driving 2020.

Car seats used in this review – 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm) 1 x Maxi-Cosi Pebble (width 43cm)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

430 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4394mm (L) x 2070 mm (W) x 1685 mm (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

53.3 MPG

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 10.5 secs (Electric option)