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Nissan Qashqai review - Interior, design and technology

Latest Qashqai has sharper, more grown-up looks than the original, and cabin quality is boosted

The second-generation Nissan Qashqai looks far more upmarket than the original model. The overall shape is typical crossover, with a raised ride height, roof rails and black plastic trim giving a familiar rugged off-roader look.

Up front, the Nissan Qashqai has a sharp nose inspired by the latest Micra, angular headlamps (with full LED tech on some models) and distinctive LED running lights, while the twin chrome bars on the grille add a touch of class. At the back, the tweaked LED tail-lamps wrap around the corners of the car and on to the tailgate.

On top-of-the-range Nissan Qashqai Tekna and Techna+ models 19-inch wheels come as standard, while Acenta Premium cars get 17-inch alloys.

Inside, the Nissan looks smart, if a little sober, and feels well built. There are cowled dials and a full-colour trip computer display, while coloured ambient lighting on the centre console and gloss black trim on the dashboard give an upmarket feel.

Material quality was boosted for 2017's facelift, with a plusher feel to the materials and some higher grade leather on top trims. It's up there with the best for perceived fit-and-finish, although the centre console and touchscreen infotainment is a bit dated now compared to the high-tech Peugeot 3008. The optional panoramic glass roof doesn’t open fully, although it lets in plenty of light. Choosing Acenta Premium trim over the Tekna means you have to forgo leather for cloth.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Nissan’s Connecta seven-inch touchscreen system is standard on Acenta models and above, and brings some useful tech, including built-in sat-nav. There’s also decent smartphone connectivity, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Given that the graphics are grainy and the native system can be rather frustrating to use, plugging in your smartphone might be a better idea. This app-based set-up is an improvement over the old Qashqai, but compared with rivals, the operation and menu layout are still clunky and the screen resolution is poor. At least you get a three-year subscription to online services.

Tekna and Tekna+ models come with an eight-speaker Bose stereo with a subwoofer and digital amplifier. It’s worth noting, however, that entry-level Visa models get a standard audio system without app-based smartphone connectivity options. The system has Bluetooth, DAB and has four speakers.

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