The Nissan Qashqai is Britain’s most produced car. It is regularly in the nation’s top 10 best-sellers and the latest version, just out, has been designed and engineered in Britain too.

So this is a car that needs a thorough test, and it’s certainly going to get one over the next fortnight, because Autocar is driving an example to Istanbul and back.

Why Istanbul? Because it bridges Europe and Asia. Asia is the home of the Qashqai’s Nissan brand, and Europe is this car’s birthplace. And because it is a long way away – 5000 miles, 20 countries and (all being well) 13 days away in fact.

In case you’re wondering, the countries in question are England, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium.