Space for all as Qashqai slips in two more seats

South Waikato News - - MOTORING -

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

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