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Nissan Qashqai Tekna

The brilliant Nissan Qashqai has been much copied by rivals, but the high spec Tekna version lacks value for money. There is a four-wheel-drive option, though.

The Nissan Qashqai has five trim options, the Visia, Acenta, N-tec, N-tec+ and the range-topping Nissan Qashqai Tekna.

Since the Tekna is the priciest Nissan Qashqai you can buy, you would expect a long list of standard equipment and you shan't be disappointed if you take a look at the specs.

The Nissan Qashqai Tekna comes with big 19-inch alloys, climate control, cruise control, LED running lights, leather seats, electric folding mirrors, keyless go, sat-nav, reversing camera and a digital radio. The Smart Vision pack is also included, and adds Traffic Sign recognition, lane departure warning, forward emergency braking, which detects severe braking ahead and intervenes if it thinks you haven’t spotted it. There’s also blind spot warning and a system that detects driver tiredness. There’s also an opening panoramic sunroof, and front and rear parking sensors.

All engines are efficient. The small 1.2-litre petrol averages 50.4mpg, the 1.5-litre diesel will do 74.3mpg, while the 1.6-litre returns 61.4mpg. Add four-wheel drive, and you'll see this figure drop to 57.6mpg.

Good points

Although list prices are high, the Nissan Qashqai Tekna gets loads of standard equipment including alloy wheels, climate control and leather seats. It also boasts plenty of clever safety technology, as well as a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.

Bad points

List prices for the Nissan Qashqai Tekna are undeniably high, and for similar money you could drive away in a new Audi Q3 or BMW X1 – both of which are nicer to drive and offer upmarket interiors.The Qashqai feels quite big from behind the wheel, and we'd expect a top-spec model such as this to include kit like reversing cameras as standard. Unfortunately this isn't the case, and you'll have to make do with sensors instead.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Panoramic roof
  • Electric folding wing mirrors
  • Alarm
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Auto climate control
  • Full leather seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Single CD player
  • AUX stereo input
  • Cruise control
  • Sat nav
  • Automatic wipers
  • Rear electric windows
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • Metallic paint

Our choice

The range-topping Nissan Qashqai Tekna 1.6-litre dCi 130 diesel gets generous standard kit and low running costs – making it a compelling rival to pricier SUVs.

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