Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Spacious and flexible interior
  • Boot space easily expands
  • Plenty of extra storage areas

Family cars need to be roomy and practical, which is a positive for the Qashqai as it's both of those things. It will easily ferry three kids in the back with ease - and three adults if they don't mind sitting close - while the extra height of the bodywork allows for easier entry and exit of the car, particularly useful when installing child seats or transporting less mobile passengers.

Interior storage space is taken care of by a large central storage box between the front seats, while there are numerous cubbies and compartments to store keys, wallets and mobile phones. To make room for this, the Qashqai uses an electronic parking brake switch rather than a conventional handbrake lever.

One slight niggle is that over-the-shoulder visibility is still restricted by the large rear pillars, making checking the blindspot tricky at times. Most models get a single or 360-degree surround-vision parking camera, but they're not the highest-resolution displays on that central multimedia screen.

Qashqai boot space

The tailgate opens higher than before – with special provision so that you don’t bash your head on the tailgate (a fundamental problem on the Mk1 Qashqai) – and boot volume is now 430 litres with the seats up - 20 litres more than previously. On all trims the rear seats fold in a 60:40 split and fold almost completely flat.
The boot floor is made up of two panels which can be positioned at two heights, either lower to increase boot space or higher to make for a flatter floor when the rear seats are folded.
In their highest position there isn’t much of a lip between the boot space and tailgate, making it reasonably easy to slide heavy items out of the boot.
Both floor panels have a carpet surface on one side and a wipe-clean surface on the other, helpful when carrying wet or muddy items. The rearward panel can also be stood upright to divide the boot into two sections, to separate dry and wet items for example, or just to help stop your shopping rolling around.
Helpfully, the parcel shelf can be stored under the boot floor when required. A tyre repair kit in lieu of a spare wheel is standard – a proper spare wheel is available at extra cost. It’s worth noting that this option is not available if you spec the rich-sounding Bose stereo, as the woofers are positioned in the spare wheel well.
Plastic hooks to hang shopping bags on are moulded into the boot sides, while inside the cabin there is more interior storage space than before, with a large central storage box between the front seats. This features an aux-in socket, USB port and 12v socket for charging electrics, with a space under the lid to run a cable through so devices can be still be plugged in when not stowed in the box itself.

The tailgate opens higher than with its predecessor – with special provision so that you don’t bash your head on the tailgate (a fundamental problem on the Mk1 Qashqai) – and boot volume is now 430 litres with the seats up - 20 litres more than previously. On all trims the rear seats fold in a 60:40 split, but they don't lie completely flat.

The boot floor is made up of a pair of panels which can be positioned at two heights, either lower to increase boot space or higher to make for a flatter floor when the rear seats are folded.

In their highest position there isn’t much of a lip between the boot space and tailgate, making it reasonably easy to slide heavy items out of the boot.

Both floor panels have a carpet surface on one side and a wipe-clean surface on the other, helpful when carrying wet or muddy items. The rearward panel can also be stood upright to divide the boot into two sections, to separate dry and wet items for example, or just to help stop your shopping rolling around.

Helpfully, the parcel shelf can be stored under the boot floor when required. A tyre repair kit in lieu of a spare wheel is standard – a proper spare wheel is available at extra cost. It’s worth noting that this option is not available if you spec the rich-sounding Bose stereo, as the woofer speakers are positioned in the spare wheel well.

Plastic hooks to hang shopping bags on are moulded into the boot sides, while inside the cabin there is more interior storage space than before, with a large central storage box between the front seats. This features an aux-in socket, USB port and 12v socket for charging electrics, with a space under the lid to run a cable through so devices can be still be plugged in when not stowed in the box itself.

How safe is the Qashqai?

  • Rated five stars by Euro NCAP
  • Raft of up-to-date safety kit
  • Many items are optional

In the Euro NCAP test the Nissan Qashqai scored the full five stars, with particularly high scores for adult and child protection, as well as a strong score for pedestrian safety.

Various active safety technology systems are available under Nissan’s ‘Safety Shield’ banner. Depending on trim, some are standard and some are extras at extra cost – see the Equipment section for details.

Systems available include:

  • Blind Spot Warning – this has been upgraded to use radar sensors to detect vehicles hidden in the Qashqai’s blindspot - it illuminates a light in the corresponding windscreen pillar to warn the driver
  • Intelligent Driver Alertness – displays a warning on the instrument panel should steering inputs become erratic in a way that suggests the driver is drowsy
  • Front Collision Avoidance and Forward Emergency Braking – scans the road ahead via radar and issues an audible warning if it detects an imminent collision, before applying the brakes automatically in an emergency. Can now spot pedestrians too
  • High Beam Assist – automatically switches the headlamps from full beam to avoid dazzling other traffic
  • Lane Departure Warning – alerts the driver if they drift out of lane without indicating. This is actually very irritating in practice – it’s hair-trigger sensitive and emits a harsh beeping noise if you touch a white line
  • Moving Object Detection – should a moving object come within their range when manoeuvring, the Around View cameras trigger an audible warning and highlight the rough location of the object on the display screen
  • Traffic Sign Recognition – front-facing camera reads speed limit signs and displays them on the instrument panel; function works abroad in Europe, too
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert - new in 2017's facelift is this system which will alert you if you're about to reverse into a road with a car approaching from the side

Watch: Nissan Qashqai Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

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

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • 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
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Acenta equipment

Acenta standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
Acenta optional equipment
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control

Acenta Premium equipment

Acenta Premium standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Acenta Premium optional equipment
  • Traction control

Acenta+ equipment

Acenta+ standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
Acenta+ optional equipment
None available

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim

N-Connecta equipment

N-Connecta standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
N-Connecta optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Traction control

N-Tec equipment

N-Tec standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
N-Tec optional equipment
None available

N-Tec+ equipment

N-Tec+ standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
N-Tec+ optional equipment
None available

N-Vision equipment

N-Vision standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
N-Vision optional equipment
None available

Pilot One equipment

Pilot One standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
Pilot One optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Metallic Paint

Premier Limited Edition equipment

Premier Limited Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
Premier Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Leather seat trim

Tekna equipment

Tekna standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Tekna optional equipment
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Traction control

Tekna+ equipment

Tekna+ standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Tekna+ optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint
  • Traction control

Visia equipment

Visia standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Steel wheels
Visia optional equipment
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Traction control

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Nissan Qashqai was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2014
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 88%
Child Occupant: 83%
Vulnerable Road Users: 69%
Safety Assist: 79%

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.