For an extra £1,500, the Tekna allows you to bask in the luxury of full leather upholstery. And while you warm your backside on the heated front seats, you can view the world through a full length panoramic glass roof (Acenta owners can specify the panoramic roof as a £700 option).
Xenon headlamps (with washers) light the way ahead while an automatically dimming rear view mirror prevents the driver from being dazzled from behind. Tekna grade also includes 17 inch alloy wheels and Nissan's brilliant Intelligent Key - far more than keyless entry, the car can be locked or unlocked and the engine started without the 'IK' ever having to leave a pocket or handbag.
As well as greater power and performance, walking-up from 1.6 petrol or 1.5dCi diesel to either of the 2.0-litre engines on offer also adds the latest generation ESP to the equation. Arguably the ultimate active safety aid, ESP constantly monitors each wheel for signs of slip or a break in traction. Working in conjunction with the ABS and the engine management systems, ESP can reduce engine torque and brake each wheel, individually if needs be, to help the driver maintain control.
The £1,600 walk-up to four-wheel drive on 2.0-litre models brings Nissan's highly acclaimed ALL-MODE 4x4 into the picture. One of the most sophisticated all-wheel drive systems available anywhere in the world, ALL-MODE adds an extra dimension to QASHQAI's abilities, providing the added security of four-wheel drive in slippery conditions.
Being electronically controlled, ALL-MODE reacts faster than some other automatic four-wheel drive systems, ensuring drive is transferred between wheels and axles the instant low grip conditions are encountered.
Left in its automatic setting, ALL-MODE apportions torque to each axle based on a number of sensor inputs, ranging from 100 per cent front (with zero per cent to rear), or up to 50 per cent rear in a fraction of a second. The system automatically compensates for unexpected slippery road conditions, such as wet leaves in autumn, early morning winter ice or loose gravel at any time of the year. In normal driving conditions QASHQAI has all the benefits of two-wheel drive including improved fuel economy and less wear and tear on components.
With such complete specifications it should be little wonder that options are few. As well as the £700 panoramic roof (standard on Tekna models, remember), ESP is available as a £365 extra on 1.5dCi and 1.6 petrol versions (standard on all 2.0-litres, remember).
Metallic paint is a £425 extra while £1,350 buys satellite navigation with rear view reversing camera. And that's it.
So let's just run through that again. QASHQAI prices start at £13,499 for the Visia and rise by £1,500 for Acenta and a further £1,500 for Tekna grade (VAT, remember). To get from 1.6 petrol to 1.5dCi requires £1,100; £1,400 to get to the 2.0-litre petrol and £2,700 to the 2.0dCi. ALL-MODE four-wheel drive costs an extra £1,600 on 2.0-litre models while automatic (CVT on the 2.0-litre petrol; conventional six-speed torque converter on 2.0dCi 4x4) is an extra £1,100.Published 6 December 2006