All models now get DAB radio as standard and there's a new range-topping trim, Tekna+, whose main attractions are patterned nappa leather upholstery and an eight-speaker Bose sound system, plus satin-finished roof rails and a huge panoramic glass roof that are both inherited from the now-deleted N-Vision trim.
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Inside, there's a new flat-bottomed steering wheel that's larger and has more buttons than before to allow easier operation of the binnacle's 5.0in TFT screen and cruise control - it's thinly padded but attractive and ergonomically pleasing. New seats on the upper trim levels impress by being supportive and accommodating, and the aforementioned nappa hide looks the part and is reasonably soft.
Tekna+ also introduces electric lumbar support and memory function for the driver's seat - both unique among Nissans in Europe - on top of the existing electric seat adjustment and heating on Tekna models, although steering reach and rake remain manual.
For the rest of the cabin, it's largely as you were: up front there are plentiful soft-touch surfaces above waist height, a commanding and roundly adjustable driving position and mostly satisfactory switchgear.
In the more austerely finished rear, there's well-lit and unencumbered accommodation for two six-foot adults (a third would be less happy), and a reasonably proportioned boot behind 60/40-splitting rear seats with a multi-configurable floor and handy storage features.
The Qashqai has always erred on the side of comfort, while offering reasonably capable if somewhat unexciting dynamics when pushed. The latest changes aim to amplify this relaxed mien, with springs softened between 5% and 8% (depending on kerb weight), although a front anti-roll bar stiffened by 16% aims to preserve cornering composure.
The ride's general suppleness will please most target buyers - only sharper urban ridges cause noticeable disruption (particularly in the stiffer-sprung diesels), but most of that is noise rather than displacement.
There's even a newly enhanced version of Active Ride Control, which uses gentle braking via both the discs and the engine to dissipate large bumps such as sleeping policemen more rapidly (handy when you're late on the school run), while additional refinement-enhancing measures such as extra sound-deadening material, better seals and drag-reducing underside fins all help curb wind and road noise to rarified levels.
Turn-in remains decent for a crossover, but the significant amount of roll - while never inhibiting stability - puts the kybosh on cornering enjoyment. Rather, the Qashqai feels an ambivalent partner when tackling bends at pace, and defaults to understeer a fair bit sooner than a family hatchback might.
The revised steering is subject to a little stiction and felt over-light to these hands in Normal mode, but its 10%-heavier Sport mode helped on both counts, with good mid-corner consistency and plenty of accuracy.
The unaltered 161bhp 1.6 DIG-T petrol needs to be stoked to 2800rpm before providing good shove, but thereafter does so consistently, smoothly and without much lag. It's only available with the six-speed manual gearbox that doesn't mind being hustled, but could feel a bit more precise.
We also sampled the 128bhp 1.6 dCi diesel, which proved a bit vocal despite being freshly retuned for refinement, and was paired with the 'Xtronic' transmission that does a good a job as any CVT in mimicking a conventional auto. The more affable (and more popular) 108bhp 1.5 dCi - good for 99g/km of CO2 - and sedate but well-mannered, entry-level 113bhp 1.2 DIG-T carry over completely unchanged.
Location Vienna, Austria; On sale Now; Price £27,450; Engine 4 cyls, 1618cc, turbodiesel; Power 161bhp at 5600rpm; Torque 177lb ft from 2000-4000rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual; Kerb weight 1483kg; Top speed 124mph; 0-62mph 8.9sec; Economy 47.1mpg (combined); CO2/tax band 138g/km, 26%; RivalsSeat Ateca, Toyota CH-R
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