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 impressive comfort and 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.
True, there are cheaper small SUVs, such as the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, but the Qashqai makes up for its premium with a spacious, practical, well-designed interior, solid build quality and superb refinement.
Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are also good for a car of this size, which makes it an appealing choice for private buyers and company car choosers alike.
In short, the Nissan Qashqai is a great all-rounder and a very worthy recipient of our overall Car of the Year title in 2014, but which version should you buy? Read on to find out.