Up at the new Tekna level, you're looking at Nappa leather seats as standard - and comfortable they are too.There are newly designed seats for N-Connecta and above, again, with those top trim levels getting more of the luxury stuff, but all the models get a new steering wheel, which is probably the biggest single change on the interior.Nissan's mini SUV is pandemic, having created the crossover category and now dominated it for 10 years.
On the whole it's ok, but this is one area that the Qashqai seems to have overlooked the mission to update to a premium experience - and not only in the black glossy surround.While major areas are covered, it's not hugely connected: there's no Apple Car Play or Android Auto, instead opting for Nissan Connect (Google Play, i Tunes), where you'll have to install the app on your phone to enable some connected features on the display.The slight oddity about the front is that the physical badge on some models is replaced by a plate that shows it graphically, although there's a clever bit of design here.This new badge section allows Nissan to house the sonar behind it, part of the Intelligent Mobility suite that will give you things like crash avoidance and pedestrian detection.At the same time, that's pulling the prices up, so that Qashqai again faces more competition from the likes of the new Seat Alteca or the Kia Sportage in being the school-run champion.
The technology story is currently incomplete, as one of the changes coming to Qashqai is Nissan's Pro Pilot system.
The interior layout remains very much as it did before, so there hasn't been a huge change in design. In keeping with those vortex generators on the underside of the rear, there's been a range of changes to reduce noise on the inside too.
That's noticeable on the road and comes in the form of better door seals, more sound deadening material in the engine bay and wheel arches, as well as thicker glass.
There's barely a suburban street that doesn't have a Qashqai, or a pair of Qashqai.
There isn't a school car park or supermarket without a brace of Qashqai.
There's a central 7-inch display (on N-Connecta and above) flanked by buttons to control major elements of your in-car experience, like music or navigation.