When Nissan launched the Qashqai back in 2004, little did it know just what it had started. It was pitched as a family car that crossed the boundaries between family hatchback and high riding SUV. Thus the Crossover was born, and while many rival brands are starting to copy the idea, Nissan has launched this second generation model.

It’s bigger, cleaner and more clever than its predecessor. It rides and handles really well, there’s no wallow through the bends that you may get with larger 4x4s, and the steering is well weighted and accurate.

Inside, the Qashqai has a much more premium feel to it, with improved soft touch plastics and a well laid out dash. The cabin is extremely practical too, comfortable for five with ample head and leg room, and a boot which is one of the biggest in its class. It even has false floor panels that can divide the boot into sections or alter the boot load height.