What is it?
The Nissan Qashqai is the fourth-best-selling car in the UK in 2017, up from fifth in 2016 - and, most importantly, it’s the UK's best-selling mid-sized SUV. Needless to say, it's also Nissan's best-seller.
So successful is the Qashqai’s recipe that even the Volkswagen Golf has sold only 36,703 to the Qashqai’s 33,574 so far in 2017. So how has a major facelift, both inside and out, helped the Qashqai’s case against an ever-growing number of rivals with an ever-growing list of talents to match?
The mid-range N-Connecta model with the 109bhp 1.5 dCi engine we're driving here will be the best-selling across the range, sitting two trim levels below the semi-premium Tekna+ and two above the entry-level Acenta. It occupies the £23,000-£28,000 price point, depending on engines. Nissan claims 99g/km and 74.3mpg for this particular set-up, so running costs are mooted to be around the lowest in the segment.