While crossovers like the Nissan Qashqai might have not have been the norm in 2007, they certainly are now.

And when you’re the market leader, having got it right first time with a new and widely imitated basic size, price and positioning formula, Nissan has rightly stuck with more of the same this time around: updated the exterior and save the game-changing stuff for the inside where the most work was needed.

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Evolutionary improvement works for the Volkswagen Golf, after all. 

That evolution extends to its road manners also. I’ve already had a quick go in various development mules in the build-up to the new Qashqai’s launch, and have found nothing in these early days to switch anyone off buying one.

In fact, it already feels a stiffer, less brittle, and much more polished performer than its predecessor. One with a commanding driving position and good visibility of the road ahead. 

On the roads around Barcelona I tried the test mules and the ride was, on the whole, comfortable and smooth. Even without the final NVH package, it was a quiet and comfortable motorway cruiser. Around town on bumpier surfaces, there was some bump-thump from the suspension, however.