Prices, Specs and Rivals
Priced competitively against conventional hatchbacks and against its ever-growing number of crossover wannabe rivals the Qashqai starts at £18,265 for the 1.2 DIG-T in Visia trim and rises to £28,500 for a range-topping 1.6 dCi 4x4 in Tekna specification. Part of its appeal has always been its pricing, which looks like good value when you consider that it’s pitched against far more familiar, and by and large, mundane hatchback rivals.
Five trim choices are offered, the entry point being Visia followed by Acenta, n-tec, n-tec+ and Tekna. Visia has the basics, including air conditioning, but does without alloy wheels and a host of other kit that’s increasingly the norm, things like auto lights, auto wipers, an intelligent key, push button start or Nissan’s trick 360 degree around view monitor. You get auto lights and wipers, leather cover steering wheel, gearknob and 17 inch alloys with Acenta, while n-tec adds all of that back plus 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and touch-screen navigation. Add the + and there’s a smart vision pack including forward emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, high beam assist and more, as well as a panoramic glass roof, Tekna adding leather trim to all that - but losing the glass roof.
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Alongside the obvious family hatchback rivals you can add a host of Qashqai pretenders like the Kia Sportage, Peugeot 3008, Skoda Yeti and forthcoming rivals like the Renault Kadjar which is the enemy from within, being its Renault alliance partner’s spin on the class, using much of the Qashqai’s technology.