Truth be told, I've never really got my head around the Nissan Qashqai.

I love that it is willfully different and boldly styled, and I admire that it tore up a staid sector and created an entirely new take on what had gone before. Even today, many years after the car's launch rivals are scrabbling to catch up.

Yet it shouldn't be a car I or car buyers love, because it is also a bit of a fraud. Those chunky looks and the high-up driving impression imply spaciousness, yet the interior and boot are anything but. The raised ride height implies a ruggedness, yet it is no more rugged than any other road warrior.

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And, while there are highlights, I often find Nissan's powertrain range to be competitive but not cutting edge.

And yet. I'm not a big believer in following either crowds or trends, but the pioneering Qashqai has such a following that it cannot be ignored. In every year of sale, more people have bought it - something that so rarely happens in the car industry. Pouring scorn on such success can never be right.

So it's with relief and joy that I can report that the second-generation Qashqai, revealed today, answers so many of these conundrums. The new Qashqai is bigger inside, it's looks - now so often aped - feel less misleading, and it is packed with clever safety and connectivity technology, plus intriguing powertrain options.

Drive impressions notwithstanding, it appears that, at last, the Nissan Qashqai is a car that I no longer have to admire from afar.