Space for all as Qashqai slips in two more seats
By adding to its wheelbase, Nissan has been able to add a pair of extra seats to the beast, so it’s just a little less embarrassing when the children want to bring some mates along to the beach – or just along.
I imagined just as you are now that adding two seats to a car, even one that’s already clever with its space, would be starting to make things look a little crowded.
No worries, Nissan has managed to not only sneak a pair of chairs into the previously five-seats-only Qashqai but to even leave room for soft baggage if you’re travelling seven-up.
Not a holiday’s worth, you understand but a good amount and I’m glad to say that despite this spatial sleight of hand, the extra 234mm of wheelbase and 211mm in over all length, means that the sixth and seventh seats are not merely padded lap-tops to look at. They could at a stretch accept an adult for an hour or so without resorting to bribery or torture.
In fact, if it’s extra children you’re intent on taking, they’ll race for the rearmost, or shotgun seats every time.
It wasn’t like that in my day. It was a case of doing chores and generally being really good for a few days, just to sit next to dad, even if I couldn’t see over the dash.
One of my favourite cars fullstop, the Qashqai is definitely further improved in seven-seat +2 guise.
You can usually gauge how good a family car is around Christmas time when motoring magazines and automotive journalists need a jack of all trades to see them through the holidays.
That’s when I’d be asking to reassess the Qashqai.
But that would be a bit of a cheek, wouldn’t it?
SMART SPACE: The Nissan Qashqai plus adds an extra two seats to a popular family