It is the 64,000 question. A bit over that number of new Qashqais were sold last year, which is a remarkably high number given that the Nissan has been one of the country’s favourite SUVs for some time. But the question is, not whether you should buy a Qashqai, but what boxes will you tick? In other words, what extras will enhance the experience and which accessories represent good value? This is what we’d do.
Choose N-Connecta trim
It’s easy to get carried away. Oh look, if we go for Tekna + we get leather trim and sports seats to go with the Tekna’s raft of safety kit, 19in alloys and upgraded stereo. However, the N-Connecta level still gives you sensors front and back, surround-view camera, keyless start and a 7in touchscreen that includes sat nav. In terms of value for money this is the sweet spot.
Although metallic paint is a £575 option, choosing it will add to the resale value of your vehicle. This assumes you can choose a colour that won’t put off future buyers, like an overly bright red. Silver and black are perennial favourites.
Panoramic glass roof
This won’t suit everyone. If you usually carry children in the rear then it’s fine, but if your rear passengers more closely resemble giraffes then it isn’t fine, as the roof reduces rear headroom. However, it does increase the amount of light coming into the vehicle, which can be very welcome. The pack it comes with includes a one-touch electric shade, so you can keep out the sun when you choose rather than feeling like an ant under a magnifying glass. At £450 this isn’t the cheapest of options but it does improve the ambience in the cabin.
When the sun definitely isn’t shining you may well find heated seats a valuable investment. For £295 you’ll get a warm bum and back and that seems like a good deal, particularly as it includes a Thermaclear heated windscreen as part of the pack.
The LED lights really do represent a step forward for night-time driving. If we lived out of the city, beyond the lights, we’d definitely consider this pack, which includes adaptive front LED lights as well as automatic self-levelling. At £495 this comes under the heading of safety, although they look good too.
Like most manufacturers Nissan has realised if it replaces an actual spare wheel with just a puncture repair kit then it saves money on the rim and tyre and it also helps lose weight which can improve fuel consumption and emissions. Something that may not work for you by the side of the road with a big rip in your tyre. We’d go for the space-saver spare wheel which costs £215.