Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
Our Ti is the, erm, chief of the Qashqai line-up, wearing a price-tag of $37,990. Pricey for a small(ish) SUV, but not outrageous at the top-end. Natural predators in the wild include the Hyundai Kona Highlander ($39,000), Honda HR-V VTi-LX ($34,590) and the Toyota C-HR Koba ($35,250).
For the cash, you get a leather interior trim, a panoramic glass sunroof, six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a 7.0-inch multimedia screen with built-in sat-nav, keyless entry and push-button start, dual-zone climate control, Nissan’s 360-degree reversing camera (which the brand calls an ‘around view monitor’), which is normally reserved for vastly more expensive European marques. You also get a standard reversing camera as well as front and rear parking sensors and an automatic anti-glare rearview mirror.
The leather seats and soft-touch points are genuinely plush and comfortable, and the panoramic glass roof adds a nice premium air to the cabin on sunny days. It is a fixed roof, however, and does not open.
There is also the welcome addition of LED headlights, fog lights and DRLs, which are automatic and come with high-beam assist as part of an ‘adaptive front lighting system’. The wing mirrors have LED indicators, and are both heated and auto-folding.
Notably missing (especially at almost $40k) is the beloved Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a digital dashboard or head-up display.