It seems that we have been writing about the all-new Qashqai constantly over the past month, so it’s no surprise to see that “the car that redefines the crossover sector” has picked up the What Car? Car of the Year Award for 2014, the first time that Nissan has won the award.
Designed, engineered and built in the UK, the new Qashqai started off the awards evening for itself by snatching the Small SUV (£16,000 - £22,000) category before driving up to the stage to pick up the ultimate award of the evening.
Amongst all the models in the new range, the What Car? judging panel chose the Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta 2WD as its particular favourite, being particularly enthusiastic about its refinement, agile driving experience, low running costs, extra space, clean engine range and sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.
As 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.”
The new Qashqai is available to consumers at the end of this month (January), and builds on the strengths inherent already in the ground-breaking original model that is already a customer favourite; this time adding in a suite of technologies that make it so much more a pleasure to drive than could be thought possible.
Jim Wright, Nissan Motor GB Managing Director, was a happy man at the awards ceremony at Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane : “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.”
It wasn’t the only success at the awards for Nissan as the new Nissan X-Trail (available in the summer of 2014) took home the coveted What Car? Reader Award as the most-anticipated new car of 2014 ahead of models such as the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Porsche Macan.
Other double winners at the awards ceremony were BMW with the BMW 435i winning best coupe and the i3 best green car; Audi with the A3 Saloon winning best executive car and the A3 Cabriolet best open top car; Ford with the Fiesta 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr picking up best small car and the Fiesta ST-2 best hot hatch; and Renault.