Buying Nissan’s small SUV makes total sense – but make sure you maximise your investment by choosing the right model and options
More than 38,000 Nissan Qashqais have been sold in the UK so far in 2017. That makes it one of the country’s best-selling cars, irrespective of class.
The reason is simple. It’s a great mix of looks, practicality, efficiency and driveability, at an affordable price. Even now, with strong opposition from the likes of Seat with its Ateca and VW with its Tiguan, the just-refreshed Qashqai is still a brilliant choice – as long as you’re canny.
Before considering the many options available to Qashqai buyers, the first and most important choice is picking the right model to start off with. You can get various levels of trim, but simply choosing the top of the range model might not be the brainiest or most cost-effective way of getting the equipment you want.
We reckon that the N-Connecta spec Qashqais deliver most of the stuff you’re likely to need, such as front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, keyless start and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav.
So, having picked our base car, what are the good options to pick?
Metallic paint will cost you £575, but not ticking that box might hurt the residual value of your car when you come to sell it. Stay away from the more outlandish colours. Shades like silver and black are always safe choices.
The option pack that includes a panoramic glass roof and one-touch electric shade certainly lightens up the interior, but you’ll lose a fair chunk of rear head room and £450 from your wallet. On balance we’d leave that one out.
Nissan’s £295 heat pack could appeal to owners in more rural or northern areas of the country, especially those who have to make early starts for work. It includes heated seats and a Thermaclear heated windscreen to zap ice.
Something with at least equal appeal is the £495 LED pack, which gives you automatically self-levelling adaptive front LED headlights.
If you’re not happy about only having the puncture repair kit that an increasing number of modern cars come with, you can add a space-saver spare wheel for £215.
So, all in all, if we were picking a Qashqai we’d be aiming for a 1.5 dCi 110 N-Connecta. Its list price £25,555, but you should be able to find a discount of around £1000 – which you can spend on the metallic paint and LED pack.