Last week in May, we were lent a Qashqai to test drive in exchange of a review. The timing couldn’t have been better because we are planning to up-size on our family car. Well, we really put it to the test. After all, what better way to test a car than … ROAD TRIP! We drove from Surrey to Wiltshire on to Gloucestershire and back. It was the best way to assess the level of comfort we would all have for similar getaways we enjoy. For our trial we (well hubby) drove the Nissan Qashqai Tekna in a stunning Vivid Blue Premium Metallic.
Nissan Qashqai Features
We had the Qashqai Tekna, 2019 reg. It has variety of features that make this car nice ride for a family. I will not go into the lengthy specification, but I’d like to highlight a few of the functions and creature comforts that the car has:
- Engine – 1.3 DIG-T 160
- Transmission – 7 speed DCT auto transmission
- ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
- ISOFIX childseat anchorage points (rear)
- Rear door childlocks
- Remote central locking with superlocking
- Blind Spot Warning
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Moving Object Detection
- Anti Dazzle Rear View Mirror
- New NissanConnect 7” Touchscreen Navigation and Entertainment System
- ProPILOT Drive Assist Pack and Traffic Jam Pilot
- Rear seat armrest with 2 cupholders
- Rear USB Connection
- Luggage capacity. VDA (l) *Luggage capacity changes to 401L with Bose® audio system
- Luggage capacity. max with folded seats (VDA) **Luggage capacity with seats folded changes to 1569L Bose® audio system
To see the full vehicle specification for Nissan’s Qashqai visit their website.
Our Thoughts About The Qashqai
We enjoyed our ride. The Qashqai is higher than our current family car, so getting in and out was easier. The seats were super comfy and although we didn’t use it, the driver and front passenger seats have a heating feature. The kids and I adored the panoramic glass ceiling. As it was a sunny blue sky weekend we made good use of it! They also relished having individual drinks holder! It made them feel all grown-up with their Frappuccino®.
While on the motor way, windows up, the drive was quiet. We could enjoy our family music selection without the disturbance of loud whoosh wind outside. The Blind Spot Warning was a handy feature, once triggered a small light would flicker on the frame of the wing mirror for the relevant side. Stuck in traffic on route to Cheptow the Stop – Start technology kicked it. It’s a feature that allows the vehicle to use fuel efficiently in traffic.
On the downside, there wasn’t a noticeable difference in the leg room and space between driver and front passenger seat to our current car. The car boot was smaller than we’d prefer. Again, because we usually go on two road trips per year, boot space is important.
Additionally, the slope of the roof makes the space from seat to ceiling tighter for tall passengers in the rear seats. I’m 5ft 9 in and hubby (driver) 6ft 4in. Hence, while it’s doable for our children now, in their early teens they will feel cramped. They are already quite tall for their ages. As gorgeous as this car is due to size, it’s not the best fit for our lifestyle.
The Qashqai is a beautiful car but in our opinion more suited to a small family of medium height and build. I’ll leave you with the review vlog that hubby did. The vlog will show you some of the features ‘in action’ and on Instagram you can see some of the places we’ve been to as well.
What do you look for in a family car? What features are you not prepared to compromise on?
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