Indeed, the latest version builds on the strengths of its predecessors with practicality, modern styling and inoffensive driving dynamics. It steps things up a notch with an interior that is of high quality and comfortable, and keeps things simple as regards the usability of its cabin technology. A suite of mature, well-calibrated assisted driving features finishes the package.
Ultimately, though, it ends up short of class-leading status mostly because of its lacklustre petrol engine and a disappointing manual gearbox. Being in the middle of the pack on price, it’s not cheap enough to excuse that flaw, either.
However, most of the Qashqai’s rivals that we have tested recently have been full-hybrid versions, and once the Qashqai e-Power arrives, it might very well claw back some points with a smoother, fuss-free, more powerful powertrain that suits the car’s general demeanour better than this mild-hybrid manual set-up.