The Nissan Qashqai is the car that started the trend for mainstream small family SUVs, and, as hard as it is to believe now, it was seen as something of a gamble when it was first introduced in 2007.
Back then, conventional hatchbacks still ruled the sales charts, and while Nissan's own offering, the Almera, was one of the weaker contenders, many people had their doubts about the decision to replace it with the high-riding Qashqai.
Fortunately for Nissan, that elevated driving position combined with its stylish looks to make it a huge hit, and consequently a car that every manufacturer wanted to copy; you can read our review of the original Qashqai here.
This second-generation model builds upon the ground-breaking brilliance of its predecessor. However, it now faces stiff competiton from rivals like the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Seat Ateca.
How does it compare with these cars, and which version of the Qashqai should you buy? Read on for everything you need to know.