Have the midlevel SE trim. The SE features a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t bother about a stiff ride, though the SE is still relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can also be a good bargain considering most of the safety and tech equipment you receive for the money. Finally, the SE can be obtained with a wide variety of options, to help you pick and choose which ones are right for the budget.
Crossover SUVs might be all the rage, but there is still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance. Coming off a redesign just last year, the Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance is a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with a lot of standard safety equipment and a lot of options to decide on from.
As has been the case for a time, you may get the Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance with a four-cylinder engine or a stronger V6, or you can get the miserly Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance Hybrid. On the highway, the Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance is comfortable and compliant. Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance also offers two sporty versions that infuse the Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance offers a simple yet feature-packed cabin, especially if you choose one of the upper trim levels. There are plenty of options to choose from over the way.
The Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance is really as competent as they come. It’s well-priced on the whole, and modern feature content causes it to be supremely easy to drive. If you’re looking for something with a little more class and space than a small sedan, the Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance might you need to be the sedan for you.
The Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance is the base trim. It comes with a relatively light load of features which includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance Safety Sense, which is really a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On another rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a car alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can consider the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with a variety of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Most of the features located on the upper trim levels can be included with the reduced trim levels as options. Other notable options incorporate a sunroof, a JBL audio system coupled with a built-in navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the trunk seat is easy to fold down to suit longer items. You will find enough cabin storage options to make many people happy. Loading a car seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good although not stellar. The forward center console bin is perfect for concealing items but includes a hard, slippery floor, so they really slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is a decent size, and you can find modest door pockets in leading and rear that are great for small water bottles only.
The Nissan Qashqai+2 Performance has a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles make it easy to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s very easy to mount an automobile seat, with obvious and readily available lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s enough space so that the front seat need not be scooted completely forward.