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Nissan Qashqai +2 n-tec 1.5dCi - Comfort & Safety

The Qashqai +2's small third row seats are for little people only, and if they're in use then there's precious little luggage space behind them. If they're folded flat there's a useful 450 litre load space, extending to a quoted 500 litres with the comfy 40/20/40 split/fold middle seats folded flat, although I suspect an error here as in reality it's surely a lot more than that. On my Belgian trip I reckon we were carrying at least that amount in gallons…

Seat comfort is usually only mentioned when it's poor or short-lived, but not one word of complaint was uttered by either myself or my two nomadic passengers. Additionally, the driving position can be manually adjusted to a variety of comfy positions, whereas I can never quite get it right in some cars with equal adjustability.

There are no Euro NCAP crash test results to report but active safety equipment includes ABS with brake assist (BAS) and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD). Passive safety equipment starts with six airbags including dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, thorax side airbags mounted in the front seats as well as full-length curtain airbags on both sides. The front seats also have active headrests and pre-tensioner seatbelts while the full-length panoramic roof is made from laminated glass so it won't shatter should you park the car upside down. There's also remote central locking, speed-sensitive autolock, an immobiliser and an ultrasonic alarm system.

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