My spare time used to be spent doing fun things with cars. The hours between Friday and Monday might have been spent building a car, going racing, going to the pub or even a combination of all three. However, now I officially seem to be a grown-up, my weekends are now filled with 'family time' and DIY.
It was lucky then, that I took our Qashqai to my local branch of Wickes (other DIY stores are available) to pick up what would become my weekend's work, as there was more of it than I thought.
Once the parcel shelf was removed and the rear seats folded down, I was pleasantly surprised at just how easily it swallowed the loft flooring panels, insulation and all the other 'fun' stuff I'd bought.
Aside from DIY chores, the Qashqai and I have been munching the miles. The 1.2 DIG-T engine is fantastic on the motorway.
However, if I catch it when the turbo isn't spinning, things can get a little tricky. Off boost it literally goes nowhere, fast. This is a particular problem when pulling out of junctions and forgetting that it needs a few more revs. But it's all part of getting to know a car.
Model: Nissan Qashqai Tekna
Price: £23,670 (as tested)
Engine: 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol
Power: 115bhp, 190Nm
Max speed: 115mph
Mileage this month: 632
This month's highlight
A very impressive load capacity. Easy to forget it's a 1.2 engine.