As a result, the second generation Qashqai which came later in 2013 had a lot to live up to. Nissan improved the styling and engines, and added a host of new features with pioneering technology. Powering the new model was a 1.2 turbo petrol, 1.5 diesel or 1.6 diesel with the 1.5 engine producing just 99g/km CO2 emissions meaning there was no road tax to pay and resulting in a very economical drive. This second generation Qashqai also claimed a best-seller spot and was once again lauded for its practicality, comfort, styling and affordability.
The 2018 facelift sees a refreshed exterior and interior along with a new engine lineup but can it live up to the successes of its predecessors?
Activate ProPILOT to let your car automatically follow the car ahead at a preset distance and keep you centered in your lane (even around a gentle curve). ProPILOT can even bring your car to a full stop based on the traffic flow, then take it back up to speed when traffic moves again.
Other upgrades include a flat-bottomed steering wheel and higher grade materials for the dashboard, panels and seats which are always welcome.
Pick the top of the range Tekna+ and you'll get electric adjustable leather seats with a memory function which returns your seat to exactly where it was previously (great if more than one person drives the car).
There are plenty of cubby spaces on hand, with room to squeeze a 1 litre water bottle into the front door bins. There's also two large cupholders in the front as standard, and all models bar the Visia come with a folding armrest with two cupboards for rear passengers.
As far as boot space goes - there's more than enough room for large baby stroller or a few suitcases in its 430 litres. Drop the rear seats and this extends to an impressive 1,598 litres (which is significantly more than the 1,492 of the Kia Sportage).