So, after 5378 miles, thirteen days and 20 countries, our trip around Europe in the new Nissan Qashqai came to a quiet end at Autocar's headquarters in Teddington, Middlesex.

I'm not entirely sure what happened to the welcoming party we'd been promised, although we'd originally planned to get back on Friday, so perhaps they'd got bored and given up.

Since Monday 17 February, our Qashqai has visited (deep breath)  France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Croatia (again), Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Bulgaria (again), Romania, Hungary (again), Slovakia, Poland, Germany, a corner of the Netherlands and back through Belgium and France before taking the Eurotunnel back to England.

We've driven our diesel-powered crossover through snow, fog, lashing rain, drizzle and late-evening sunshine. We've encountered fast motorways, catastrophically broken village roads, mountains, city centres and twisty coastal roads, and the Qashqai has taken them all in its stride.

We haven't experienced any issues with the car (although when I parked it at home last night the alarm starting going off without warning – apologies for disturbing half of Hampshire) and it has been a comfortable companion.