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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Nissan’s interior is logically laid out – if a little plain – and build quality is top-notch, with soft-touch plastics and well-damped switchgear. Nonetheless, it is beginning to show its age as this generation of the Qashqai nears the end of its production life with newer rivals offering more attractive environments for the driver and passengers.

It’s comfortable, though – the steering wheel adjusts for reach and height while even the entry-level Visia model gets a multifunction steering wheel as standard.

The lofty driving position will suit fans of off roaders and means forward visibility is excellent while the cabin itself is easy to live with thanks to simple controls plus it’s incredibly well screwed together with a robust finish.

Although some interior trim elements may tarnish, many of the plastic surfaces should be easy to clean – an excellent trait in a family car.

Nissan Qashqai comfort levels are good. The cabin is airy and roomy while a panoramic glass roof is optional on Acenta models and standard on Tekna and n-tec models.

Five adults should be able to sit comfortably in the Qashqai – there’s a decent amount of legroom in the back, although the roofline slopes down towards the tailgate. Headspace is still acceptable, but you do feel slightly hemmed in by the large rear pillars.

Extra sound insulation on the updated model has ensured that engine noise is muted on petrol models, although the 2.0 dCi diesel derivative is a little louder than you might expect. Noise from the tyres, the suspension and from wind around the windscreen pillars is hardly noticeable.