Long term report: Farewell to the Nissan Qashqai

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Nissan Qashqai
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After many months and thousands of miles we've finally said a fond farewell to our Nissan Qashqai 360.

Over the course of its time with us, the big-selling British-built model became a firm favourite with every member of the AOL Cars team.

This popularity was largely thanks to the Qashqai being the consummate all-rounder. It was comfortable and well-equipped enough to make long journeys a pleasure, spacious enough to carry any gear we may have been transporting and so fuel-efficient one would always stay on the right side of the expenses police. And despite being the old-shape Qashqai, it was a very good-looking car too.

Importantly, this master of all trades was also incredibly reliable, completing its tour of service without so much as a hiccup, in spite of the pounding it took as the workhorse of the fleet.

The build quality of the model also shone throughout its time with us. No squeaks, rattles or gaps developed, and all the trim still looked fresh as a daisy when we handed back the keys - no mean feat considering its months of continuous hard use.

I for one am going to miss this car and, as a result, the next time I'm in the market for a family motor, the Qashqai will be very high on my shopping list. There are very few cars on used car lots that do everything the Qashqai can do, as well as the it can do them, for anywhere near the price.

Author: Mal Hay (@MalcolmHay)

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: 2,101

This month's highlight

There's no highlight – we've been left with a Qashqai shaped hole in our lives. Nissan, please give us another one!