Long term report: Nissan Qashqai

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Nissan unveiled the stunning second-generation of the supremely-popular Qashqai to great critical acclaim in November.

But while the new model will raise the bar even higher, is it really needed just yet? Don't get me wrong. I'm as excited as anyone about the new Qashqai. Trouble is, the original's still so good, it seems criminal to consign it to the history books.

We get to drive lots of crossovers at AOL Cars and the daddy of them all – Qashqai Mk1, in the 360 guise of our long-termer – is still streets ahead of most.

Standing proud on its oversized alloy wheels, and finished in pearlescent Arctic White with black gloss styling accents, it still looks the business.

And inside, while the Qashqai has matured, its build quality makes it a match for many a more expensive rival.

The 1.6dCi engine too is as efficient, smooth and responsive as you'll find anywhere.

But while I lament the loss of the trailblazer that spawned dozens of copycats, I guess now is the time to be optimistic and excited. Because if Nissan has managed to move the game on as much as they say they have with the new Qashqai – and by all accounts they most certainly have – then boy, are we in for a treat.

The knowledge

Model: Nissan Qashqai 360
Price: £22,090 (as tested)
Engine: 1.6-litre, turbocharged diesel
Power: 128bhp, 320Nm
Max speed: 118mph
0-60mph: 10.7s
Emissions: 135g/km
Mileage this month: 1,467

This month's highlight

Seeing the new Qashqai and realising our 'old' one is still an excellent car