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BabyDrive Verdict

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The Nissan Qashqai is a hard car for me to place!! I'm just not sure who this little car is for?!

The storage in the boot was good and that's where the positives stopped for me! When it was empty it held 11 shopping bags. With the Mountain Buggy Duet twin stroller, it held two shopping bags.

The Britax Flexx single stroller fitted with five shopping bags and the Britax Flexx tandem stroller fitted with three shopping bags beside it.

The Britax Holiday compact stroller fitted with 8 shopping bags around it too.

I tested the base model Qashqai and the boot felt really cheap, with just the very basic lining on the floor, I did have a look in the second-from-top model and the boot had a much better quality floor and features.

Storage in the cabin was quite basic, there were only two cup holders in the front but they were well sized for reusable and disposable coffee cups and the rear seats do not have any cup holders.

The door bins would only hold 600ml sized bottles, not large refillable water bottles but my wallet did fit in too.

The central console storage box and glove box were both a good size. There was no glasses case in the ceiling and the vanity mirrors are not lit.

The rear passengers do have good sized map pockets that will hold an iPad.

The seats in the Qashai are quite comfortable and the front headrests will let you have a ponytail too! They adjustment levers do feel very cheap and flimsy to touch and use though. The seats are upholstered in a woven fabric which would be hard to keep clean with children and their grubby hands and spills! The same fabric is on the door panels so would have the same problem.

I found legroom wasn't great in the Qashqai. With rear child seats installed in the two outer positions, legroom in the front was very compromised, with only 7.5inches of knee room in the front passenger seat!

In the rear seats, there is ISO Fix in the two outer seats and top tether across all three seat backs, accessible easily in the boot.

I could install two child seats into the two outer positions I couldn't fit a third in the middle. I installed the Britax Graphene rear facing and Britax Unity infant capsule in the two outer seats.

I found the top tethers really easy to use and fasten. I did struggle with the ISO Fix though. One of the ISO Fix points I just could not get connected and I tried in another Qashqai in the showroom and had the exact same problem, and in this one some of the other ISO Fix points were harder to connect to as well! I let Nissan know about the problem. Eventually, I did manage to get the ISO Fix to connect after a kind passerby helped to push and shove it into submission for ten minutes!! SO they do work, they are just not the easiest or most well-aligned ISO Fix I have come across in a car!! I know as a busy mum I do not have the time or inclination to spend that long on one ISO Fix!

I would suggest checking all ISO Fix in any car you are going to buy before signing on the dotted line!! As I have found you can not take for granted that these things are working.

The media screen in this bottom spec model is tiny and the reversing camera image is low res and the writing on the screen is the largest and boldest thing!!

The media system did not have Apple Car Play or Android Auto and I found it wasn't straightforward to connect my phone to.

I found the cruise controls were simple to use in the Qashqai but it really struggled to stick to the set speed on undulating roads.

The Qashqai was quite pleasant to drive on fast smooth roads but it lagged with acceleration and struggled with hills a little.

The Qashqai scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017.

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