Here we are with a new in-depth appointment on infotainment systems more recent, more and more an important argument of choice for the latest generation cars. Today we are in the company of the new one Nissan Qashqaiin particular of the set-up Tekna +which as the name suggests, makes technology its strong point.
We have already proposed the complete test of the crossover par excellence, so let’s leave room for the system Nissan Connect, which in addition to a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, a 9-inch cantilevered central display and a fabulous 10-inch head-up, also relies on a renewed application to manage your car directly from your smartphone. After having discovered the cards of Kia and Hyunda, let’s see how this Qashqai will manage.
The Qashqai is a simple car to approach the technological department, despite being very complete it is “friendly” from the first minutes in which you become familiar with the cockpit. Massive use of physical keys of reasonable size, explanatory captions here and there, cursors and wheels not soft touch, digital graphics without big special effects but very clear and well organized in the men; these are the rational ingredients that Nissan wisely relied on.
L’The wow effect is however obtained thanks to the quantity and generous size of the displaysbut starting to use the car you realize the usability and ergonomics that bring out the nature that has now taken on the Qashqai project, now in its third generation.
The instrument panel is organized in “chapters and pages”, positioned in the center of the screen, while on the sides there is the speed indicator and the rpm indicator, both expandable with other information chosen by the driver, such as gear indication, fuel consumption instantaneous, speed limits automatically detected. Moving sideways (with the buttons on the steering wheel) you pass from the “navigation” macrothem to the “ADAS” one, passing through “consumption”, “audio”, “general settings”, “vehicle information” and customizable home page, for each chapter you can scroll multiple pages vertically to access more information.
Also the cantilever display of the Nissan Connect system organized in a rational and simple way, rather reactive and despite having a glossy finish it does not suffer in any way from direct sunlight or annoying reflections. Just below the display there are physical buttons to quickly enter the screens dedicated to audio, navigation, cameras, as well as a “back” button, the control of radio stations / music playback and a night mode selector that enables a dark theme and lower the brightness.
The presence of the physical keys is always an optional help, the whole system can in fact be navigated by swiping and customizable shortcuts which remain displayed at the bottom. The home can also be customized using different “tiles” that can be positioned at will, you can choose between quick links to screens, actions or widgets, a bit like on your smartphone and tablet.
A must for the huge head-up display that can be seen very well even in broad daylight but can be discreet at night, it displays the speed, the active mode of the Nissan Pro Pilot, the speed limits detected, any safety warnings and the indications of the navigator (only those of the integrated navigator).
NAVIGATOR AND VOICE RECOGNITION
The integrated navigator has all possible functionssometimes not super fluid in moving around the map but overall it is appreciated for the clarity of the images (also in 3D), the possibility of both touch and physical selector control (a nice wheel on the right side of the display) and in general for the completeness of information and proposals in calculating the route.
Among the most interesting features is the search for a place of interest through Google, an interesting device that solves one of the most important criticisms of integrated navigators, namely constant updating. In addition to a search by address, you can opt for searches based on points of interest to be fished in a considerable number of categories.
The route options are also valid, always more than one and well calibrated, capable of combining faster segments with other panoramic but convenient ones, suggestions that have passed the test on well-known roads and with rather complex routes very well.
Speech recognition is present and ranges over different categories, each with specific commands that can be tricky to remember by heart. For this Nissan has created a nice summary table that will be shown on the central display when the recognition is activated, through the appropriate button on the steering wheel (there is no voice activation phrase).
It ranges from commands related to the phone (call, address book, etc.), to those specific to navigation (find, go to POI, destination history, etc.) passing through commands related to the audio part (play, tune, artist, album, playlist etc. ).
Among the useful settings is the ability to adjust the speed of speech, often a bit slow in infotainment systems. The effective recognition even on the move (thanks to the excellent soundproofing of the Qashqai) while the naturalness of the command could be better, you have to get used to thinking about the logic of the software to be able to fully exploit it.
ANDROID AUTO / APPLE CARPLAY
The Nissan Connect system features the possibility of expansion with Android Auto and Apple Carplayin the first case (at least on the Qashqai Tekna +), there is no wireless connection, while with the Apple system you can easily resort to wireless.
With Android Auto and Apple Carplay there are no reactivity problems, lag or malfunctionsIt is also possible to recall voice commands with the hardware button located on the steering wheel. Also useful is the possibility of controlling the systems with the wheel positioned to the right of the screen, in order to have a physical interaction that is for non-touchscreen lovers.
Finally, the interaction between smartphone and instrument panel could be better, for example the indications of the route possibly started on Google Maps or Apple maps are not shown in front of the driver, a discourse that also applies to the head up display.
NISSAN CONNECT APPLICATION
The Qashqai is one of the many Nissan models compatible with the Nissan Connect app, which allows you to remotely control the vehicle, get a lot of information and perform some actions remotely.
The app includes some basic services that are free for 7 years, and others for a fee, offered for 3 years from the time of purchase on some selected models. Attention, on the same car, not all the settings are compatible with the app, so take a ride on the official page to get a precise general picture.
We had the opportunity to try the app in full, taking advantage of all the services, except those provided for electric cars,
They range from opening / closing doors, activation of headlights and horn, information on the state of health and scheduled maintenance, up to more complex tools such as the monitoring with notifications for exceeding selected speed limits, trespassing in certain areas identified on the map, or use outside the scheduled hours. The user can receive notifications on the smartphone when one or more target events occur, an app that will calm parents who have lent their car to their children with so much concernclearly the bugbear for the other party, who perhaps was waiting for nothing but the dad’s car to go and find his sweetheart outside the region.
Finally, there is no lack of driving statistics (trips, distance, time), information on the current position of the vehicle and assistance center.
WHAT WE LIKE AND WHAT WE DON’T
The most convincing point of the whole package is undoubtedly the intuitiveness, Nissan has worked carefully to create an infotainment system within everyone’s reach, rational and well organized, complete but not confusing. With particular reference to the new Qashqai, the simple approach is further enhanced by the many physical controls with which the less “digital” user can have an interaction that does not scare, as well as being particularly useful in the movement phase, to the full advantage. security.
On the other hand, the absence of Android Auto in the wireless version is out of place, especially in a top-of-the-range set-up such as the Tekna + that we had available for the test. The graphics could also be a little more modern, always with the right attention so that the practicality that distinguishes Nissan Connect does not go missing.