Car of the year: Nissan's Qashqai

9 January 2014

nissan-qashqai What Car! have named their car of the year and the Sunderland-built Nissan Qashqai got all the plaudits. The Qashqai also won the best small SUV award.

If you're lucky enough to be in the market for a new car, then you should consider this. Why? What Car! editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: "The all-new Nissan Qashqai brings excellence and polish to a class of cars that is brimming with talent and tempting buys. The Qashqai delivers low costs and first-class levels of comfort, refinement, space and safety."

"Nissan has thought of every last detail, and this complete approach is why the Qashqai is What Car!'s car of the year. The Nissan team should be justifiably proud of their achievement."

Also doing well at the What Car! awards were BMW who bagged two trophies - one for the 435i which landed 'best coupe' and another for the new i3 which is 'best green car'. Audi also got a brace. The A3 Saloon won 'best executive car' while the A3 Cabriolet was hailed as the 'best open-top car'. The Skoda Octavia is the best family car award and the best estate is the Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE Bluemotion Tech.

Elsewhere, the Ford Fiesta did well, getting an award for 'best small car' for the catchily named 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr, while the ST-2 won 'best hot hatch'. Sports car of the year went to the Porsche Boxster 2.7, while the MPV gong went to Citroen for their Grand C4 Picasso.

The Range Rover Sport can now boast it is the best large SUV and, for rich people, the best luxury car you can get is the Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec L SE Line.

Nissan had chance to celebrate again, with the all-new Nissan X-Trail (on sale in summer) being awarded the most exciting car 2014 by What Car! readers. Obviously, Nissan were pleased with the result with Nissan Motor GB managing director Jim Wright saying: "We're thrilled. 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."


  • ed
    The best thing that can be said for the Qashqai is that it is less ugly than the absurd looking Juke. As cars like these Nissans and the ridiculous Mini range demosnstrate, the current 'obese chic' styling for cars looks worse on small cars than it does on their laughable and lumbering bigger brothers.
  • Ser A.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Spot the frustrated Metro driver who's wife's shagging the Juke driver over the road.
  • Lando C.
    Ser Lev Arris, definitely Clive Owen's best role. Loved Privateer 2
  • ed
    Sev, my new next door neighbour has a Juke, but he's only renting off the owner who has a nice VW, and she'll be back in 6 months and the tone of the street will return to normal. My house would be up for sale if I thought the street was affordable for the Juke driving classes.
  • Ser A.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Spot the bloke with delusions of grandeur, thinks he's posh but lives in a street where the houses are rented.

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