|Annual road tax||£140|
|Service intervals||1 year/12,500|
|Euro NCAP rating||5-star|
Used Car of The Year winner in 2011, our 2012 SUV category winner, and now category winner once again for 2013, the Nissan Qashqai remains the best investment for those buying a used SUV.
In fact, the Qashqai is really a small family car in disguise, but it sits taller and has more ground clearance, ensuring plenty of cabin space, a roomy boot and a commanding view. It also has the chunky looks SUV buyers seek, but it's cheaper to buy and maintain than the traditional 4x4.
That's especially true if you opt for the 1.5-litre diesel version, which our judges felt made the most sense. It's just as much at home in town as on the motorway, and it's on those longer journeys that the 52.3mpg fuel economy starts to impress.
The entry-level Visia trim version is well equipped, but the Acenta adds climate control, a CD multichanger and parking sensors to the standard Qashqai's air-conditioning, alloy wheels and Bluetooth phone connectivity. If you can afford it, the Acenta is well worth the extra.
The good news gets better when you consider the Qashqai also comes with a five-star NCAP rating and superb reliability record. Just 21% of Qashqais in our survey had any recorded faults, with axle and suspension issues being the most frequent; average repair bills were £312.