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Ticks the important family car boxes but its powertrain frustrates

The old Qashqai was still selling very strongly even as it neared the end of its life, so there was no need for Nissan to make a drastic U-turn with the new one.

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.

Spec advice? Avoid both the Visia and Tekna+ trims because Visia doesn’t even have a touchscreen and the Tekna+ forces you onto 20in wheels. Given the choice between a funny manual gearbox or a wheezy CVT, pick the manual.

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.

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