Nissan Qashqai trim levels 2021: Models and specs comparedBack to 'Expert guides'
The all-new Nissan Qashqai is available to lease right now, and it’s proving to be one of the most popular vehicles on our site. Featuring clever new hybrid drivetrains, a stunning new design and packed with new tech, it’s easy to see why it’s a smart choice for those looking to lease.
But when it comes to the Qashqai’s trim levels, which is the one to go for? That of course depends on your individual requirements and what you want to spend. However, it’s worth remembering that leasing costs are based on the future value of the vehicle.
In many instances this means that a well-specified trim level with a higher residual value can be more affordable to lease than you may think – certainly compared to other trims.
Below, we’ve taken a look at the trim levels available on the latest Qashqai and included a rundown on the key features of each model.
What’s the best Nissan Qashqai trim level?
The best trim level for you will vary depending on what you want from your car, but the Qashqai line-up currently includes six models:
- Acenta Premium
- Premiere Edition
Visia is the entry-level model, with Acenta Premium and N-Connecta making up the mid-range options. Tekna and Tekna+ can be considered the range-topping models, while the Premiere Edition is a limited edition trim to mark the arrival of the new model.
Nissan Qashqai Visia
The Visia is the entry-level Qashqai, and as such it misses out on alloy wheels. Instead you’ll get 17in steel wheels with hubcaps. However, it’s still surprisingly well specified otherwise. You’ll find it gets LED headlights and daytime running lights, while the driver gets a digital instrument display like the rest of the range.
Safety features are also strong, with autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind spot intervention and driver attention alert all standard features. It misses out on Nissan’s infotainment system though, and instead comes with a simple DAB radio with auxiliary and Bluetooth inputs.
The only engine and gearbox combo available for the Visia is the 1.3-litre petrol with a six-speed manual.
Nissan Qashqai Acenta Premium
The Acenta Premium offers a step up from the base model, which is immediately marked out by the addition of 17in alloy wheels on the outside. You’ll also find that the door mirrors are now heated and fold automatically.
On the inside, you’ll find an 8in infotainment touchscreen system, which is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There’s also some tweaks to the trim on the steering wheel, while the climate control is now dual-zone and the driver benefits from electric lumbar adjustment. The digital driver display is still present between the main dials, but you’ll also get a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors – features the basic Acenta misses out on.
Engines options are also more plentiful: you can choose a more potent 160hp petrol engine which is available with Nissan’s Xtronic automatic gearbox.
Nissan Qashqai N-Connecta
The N-Connecta can be considered the mid-range model in the latest Qashqai line-up. Immediately apparent are a fresh set of larger 18in alloy wheels. You’ll also notice that there’s now rear tinted privacy glass as standard, too.
Inside, there’s now ambient lighting in the centre console, but the biggest step up is the much larger 12.3in digital driver display. This now takes up the entire driver’s binnacle and gives crisp and clear displays. There’s also a larger touchscreen infotainment system too, with a 9in unit now standard. Within Nissan’s system you’ll also find upgraded services that allow you to operate the infotainment like an internet-enabled smartphone – including Google Assist.
The engine and gearbox options remain like-for-like with the Acenta Premium, but the N-Connecta does give you the option to add an all-wheel drive system with the more potent automatic version.
Nissan Qashqai Tekna
The Tekna models are, with the exception of special editions, the top of the range. That means you’ll get larger 19in alloy wheels and LED indicators along with the option to specify a two-tone contrasting paint job. There’s also an electrically operated boot lid, panoramic sunroof and a set of roof rails.
Inside, there’s further ambient lighting options, while the cloth upholstery makes way for a leather-style interior. The front seats are now heated, and the driver will find a head-up display in addition to that large 12.3in digital screen.
The infotainment system is more or less the same as the N-Connecta, but there is now a surround-view rear camera for safety and front parking sensors in addition to the standard reversing camera. Wireless charging also features and, on automatic models, drivers benefit from Nissan’s excellent ProPilot semi-autonomous driving capabilities.
Engine options are the same as the rest of the range, again with the more potent 160hp mild-hybrid automatic model featuring an optional all-wheel drive system.
Nissan Qashqai Tekna+
The Tekna+ adds yet another layer of luxury on top of the already generously equipped Tekna model. Expect large 20in alloy wheels, full leather upholstery with massage function, keyless entry and a premium sound system by Bose. You can also choose from a range of premium paint hues too.
Nissan Qashqai Premiere Edition
At the time of writing, the Qashqai Premiere Edition is still available to lease. This was designed specifically to mark the arrival of the all-new model. It’s based on the Tekna model and features like-for-like specifications with a number of unique two-tone paint colour options.
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