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What should I be paying?
There are five spec levels to choose from with the Qashqai, ranging from the Visia entry level model through Acenta Premium, N-Connecta, Tekna and Tekna+. The range starts at £26,045 and tops out at £36,865, adding around £2k or so each time.
So what spec should I go for?
The base car gets rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, as well as front and rear LED lights. Upgrading to Acenta Premium gets you 17in alloy wheels, an extra inch on your infotainment screen (now 8.0in), rear parking camera, smartphone connectivity, dualzone aircon and keyless entry. Even if you’re looking to save as much cash as possible, that’s definitely the trim to start by looking at.
The mid-range N-Connecta (which is probably the sort of level most people will go for) adds 18in alloy wheels, 360-degree parking camera (and front sensors) and gets a much nicer 12.3in infotainment set-up with fancy connected features. Going for the top-spec car gets you niceties like 19in alloy wheels (that aren’t the best for the ride quality), a head-up display, panoramic glass roof and a powered tailgate.
What engines are there?
All Qashqais are at least mild hybrid as standard (which essentially means you get start-stop tech thrown in), and now petrol only. The entry spec car only comes with the wheezy 138bhp 1.3 4cyl, and the Acenta Premium throws in a 155bhp option with choice of manual or auto gearboxes and the impressive 187bhp hybrid car too with its 1.3-litre 3cyl engine and equally powerful e-motor. At N-Connecta trim you can get a four-wheel drive version of the 155bhp petrol and Tekna+ ditches the 138bhp petrol.
The warranty is a fairly standard three years and 60k miles and you get three years of breakdown assistance included too.
What about rivals?
This end of the market is absolutely saturated with rival cars that all deserve a good look, it’ll come down to how each car might settle into your daily life. You’ve got the Kia Sportage, Ford Kuga, Peugeot 3008 or Hyundai Tucson. Not to mention the Skoda Kamiq, Volkswagen Tiguan or – and sorry to keep banging this drum – a nice family hatchback like the new Vauxhall Astra.