Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Nissan Qashqai (2021) front view, driving

  • Good interior space for four – cramped for five
  • Large and adaptable boot space
  • Ample places to store your nicknacks

How much space is there?

The Qashqai has been designed to be practical. Starting with passenger space, it’s 32mm longer and 35mm wider on the outside than the old model, which means there’s more room for the driver and passengers. You get ample stowage areas in the passenger compartment as well as a generous complement of USB charging points.

Up front, there’s enough head and legroom for six-footers, as you’d expect for a car with a high roofline like this. There’s now 28mm more shoulder space between the front passengers, 20mm more kneeroom for rear seat passengers, bigger cupholders, and larger storage space for phones compared with the old model.

In the back, there’s an acceptable amount of room for a car in this class, but we’d feel happier with two, rather than three, people back there. It’s a great car for parents, especially those with child seats because the doors open to 85 degrees, making getting in and out really simple. We’ve tested it with six-footers in the rear, and we heard no complaints – but if you want the best room in this type of family car, we’d recommend the Skoda Karoq, SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Boot space and storage

The boot has 504 litres’ worth of space. It comes with the highly-configurable Flexible Luggage Board System, which offers a variety of depths as well as an in-built divider. It’s good for fitting in tall objects, while the parcel shelf can fit underneath the boot floor.

A powered tailgate is available, with the increasingly common option of being able to ‘kick’ it open, hands-free, with a wave of your foot under the rear bumper.

In the cabin, you get a generously-sized glovebox, a spacious cubbyhole under armrest in the centre console between the seats and the pair of obligatory cupholders.

Is it easy to park?

The Qashqai isn’t much longer and wider than a typical hatchback such as a Volkswagen Golf, so that makes it easier to park than you might imagine. It’s easy to manoeuvre in and out of parking spaces thanks to a tight turning circle and ample visibility, as well as front and rear parking sensors and cameras available on all but the entry-level Visia model.

Once you’re out of town, the Qashqai is easy to place, and squeeze through gaps thanks to its responsive steering and upright driving position.

Safety

  • Five star rating from Euro NCAP
  • Scores particularly well in safety tech
  • State-of-the art adaptive cruise control system

The Nissan Qashqai scored a full five out of five from Euro NCAP. The test organisation said it performed particularly well in its safety assist tests.

This is because as standard, the Qashqai comes with automatic emergency braking (AEB), blindspot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, and a driver attention alert system that reminds you to take a break if the car detects your driver is dropping off, or you’ve been driving too long. 

The brilliant ProPilot+ system with head-up display is reserved as part of the Tech packs available on the Tekna and N-Connects models, and it’s well worth the outlay. This system helps with motorway driving by assisting steering function at speed, as long as you keep your hands on the wheel. Don’t think that it’s an autonomous system – you need to keep watching the road. If you don’t want to go all the way, lane-keeping assistance is available too.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Nissan Qashqai SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Acenta Premium equipment

Acenta Premium standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
Acenta Premium optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Roof rails

N-Connecta equipment

N-Connecta standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
N-Connecta optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Roof rails

Premiere Edition equipment

Premiere Edition standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Premiere Edition optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

Tekna equipment

Tekna standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Tekna optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats

Tekna+ equipment

Tekna+ standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Tekna+ optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats

Visia equipment

Visia standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Steel wheels
Visia optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Nissan Qashqai SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2021 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2021
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 91%
Child Occupant: 91%
Vulnerable Road Users: 70%
Safety Assist: 95%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.