In 2016 it sold double its 2007 figure and in the year to date, it’s climbed from fifth best-selling car in 2016 the UK to third, despite the fact Nissan announced a range-wide update at the start of the year, which is what we've been testing.
For those mystified by the popularity of the Qashqai and the crossover craze it inspired, the simple answer is that it gives people what they seemingly want out of a car. Asked whether the changes are inspired by the growing threat of over 20 rival models Nissan airily says they’re not even in its calculations – it listens to its customers and with 3.3 million Qashqai drivers worldwide it’s got plenty of seemingly enthusiastic feedback to draw upon.
So, on top of the fundamentals of a car that looks a bit like a 4x4 but drives like the regular hatchbacks people used to buy what was it Qashqai owners asked Nissan for? In short many would seem to want a more upmarket feel, reflected in the fact nearly half opt for the range-topping Tekna trim level. This has inspired a new Tekna+ version, wrapping up all the kit and technology Nissan can throw at it and set apart from the rest of the range by quilted Nappa leather seats, satin chrome exterior trim and a number of other detail refinements. With the line-up starting at £19,295, Tekna models from £26,030 and the Tekna+ from £27,830 to £29,250 the range caters to a broad range of tastes and budgets, the £25,555 1.5 dCi N-Connecta diesel the core product in both price and kit.