Our high-spec Tekna model is relatively expensive compared with many rivals, but mid-level trims are competitive enough.
N-Connecta trim gets you all the essentials, such as parking sensors and the nicer infotainment system with smartphone mirroring; Tekna adds all the indulgences you might want, such as heated seats and a head-up display; and Tekna+ goes mad with massage seats and 20in wheels (but watch out with those, because wider reviews suggest they have a noticeable, adverse effect on ride comfort).
Even the very bottom Visia trim gets a comprehensive suite of safety features. Although Euro NCAP hasn’t tested the new Qashqai yet, Nissan usually does well in safety tests, and with most of the active safety kit fitted as standard, as well as a full roster of airbags, including a middle airbag, it is unlikely to present any issue.
Buyers might want to bear in mind that Nissan cars in general, and Qashqais in particular, have sometimes fared quite poorly in UK reliability surveys, even if they are affected mostly by minor issues.
With the manual gearbox, the 156bhp Qashqai has a claimed economy of 44mpg. During our time with the car, low 40s proved to be quite a realistic and achievable figure during mixed use.