Nissan Qashqai wins coveted What Car? Car of the Year award

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Nissan Qashqai

The second generation Nissan Qashqai has won the What Car? Car of the Year award.

The all-new crossover also took the honours in the Small SUV category, for cars costing between £16,000-£22,000.

The judges were particularly impressed with the car's newfound sense of fun. While it retains the comfort and refinement that made the first generation Qashqai so popular, the new model was found to be a more agile and entertaining drive.

What Car? singled out the 1.5 dCi Acenta 2WD version as its favourite model, thanks to its combination of performance, practicality and low fuel consumption and emissions.

What Car? Editor-in-Chief, Chas Hallett, said: "The new Qashqai brings excellence and polish to a class of cars that was already brimming with talent and tempting buys. It has an interior worthy of its stylish looks, and it makes a fine family car. It's fantastic value for money and a very worthy Car of the Year."

Jim Wright, Nissan Motor GB Managing Director, commented: "We're thrilled that What Car? has named the new Qashqai as its 2014 Car of the Year. A huge amount of effort has gone into the design and engineering of the new car, and we're all extremely excited about creating the template for the second-generation crossover.

"As the What Car? judges discovered for themselves, the new Qashqai is an unbeatable package with high equipment levels, great refinement and comfort and incredible attention to detail."

Nissan scooped further honours, winning the What Car? Reader Award with its new X-Trail 4x4 being voted the most anticipated car of 2014, ahead of prestigious contenders the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Porsche Macan.

The new Nissan Qashqai goes on sale in the UK later this month, priced from £17,595.

New Nissan Qashqai

New Nissan Qashqai