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The first generation Nissan Qashqai was a platinum smash hit throughout its six-year lifecycle, and even remained one of the top 10 most sold cars in 2013 despite a sharp rise in competition.

It wasn’t the first crossover, but was among the first to tap into the concept from a mainstream, family-size and affordable standpoint. That, in the UK at least, it also replaced the Primera and Almera in 2007 shows the extent to which Nissan had bet all its chips on a single hand.

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A decade down the line, the gamble better resembles a masterstroke – even if it leaves the second generation version with the tough task of carrying on in the tyre tracks forged by its predecessor.

Still, the omens were good. Like Volkswagen reworking its Golf or Ford fettling the Focus, it seemed on paper as though little had been left to chance – or, indeed, dramatically changed. 

Five years and a 2017 facelift later, the second-gen Qashqai has remarkably continued the success of the original and managed to keep the burgeoning competition at bay, with none being able to hold a candle to until Seat ruined the party with its stylish and fun to drive Ateca.

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The facelift saw the Japanese manufacturer focus on improved plushness, with improvements made to the design, finish, equipment and refinement. There are now five trim levels on offer, starting with the relatively well-equipped Visia model, rising through Acenta, N-Connecta, Tekna and the range-topping Tekna+.

 

There are two petrol engines: a 1.2-litre, 113bhp four-cylinder and a 1.6-litre 160bhp four-cylinder, plus two diesels: the familiar 109bhp 1.5-litre Nissan shares with Renault, and a 128bhp 1.6-litre unit.

All come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, although the 1.2 DIG-T and the 1.6-litre diesel are also offered with a CVT. Those after four-wheel drive can only choose the highest powered diesel paired with a manual ‘box.

Convincingly reworking your best-selling car is the secret of being a successful car maker, and if by the end of this review Nissan has managed it, the triumph is once again indebted to homegrown expertise.

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    A UK drive in Nissan’s crucial crossover shows an update has not cost it any of that which makes it sell so well

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    Nissan Qashqai 1.6 DIG-T 163 Tekna 2017 review

    Multiple small updates for the Nissan Qashqai look to boost the market-leading compact crossover’s premium appeal

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    2015 Nissan Qashqai 1.6 DIG-T 163 N-tec review

    A new 1.6-litre petrol engine will bolster the already excellent Nissan Qashqai range, but can it replace the 1.5-litre diesel as the engine of choice?

  • Nissan Qashqai Acenta 1.2 first drive review

    Nissan’s Qashqai is now offered with a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine

    Nissan Qashqai Acenta 1.2-litre DIG-T 115 petrol first drive review

    Classy and clever UK-made SUV works remarkably well with small and impressively frugal petrol turbo engine

  • Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DIG-S first drive review

    The Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DIG-T is claimed to be faster and cheaper to run than the old 1.6-litre petrol

    2014 Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DIG-T first drive review

    The Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DIG-T has a refined powertrain that deserves its predicted status as the top seller, but demanding roads may get the better of it

  • 2014 Nissan Qashqai first drive review

    This 1.5-litre version of the new Qashqai is likely the most important model in the range

    2014 Nissan Qashqai first drive review

    The weight of expectation is high for the new, benchmark crossover from Nissan – luckily the car maker has delivered an impressive proposition to the market

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