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2014 Nissan Qashqai ST (4x2) Review

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When I learn parkour here in Albert Park, Victoria, I meet Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Kristen Wiig beside Anne Hathaway and Anna Kendrick. They know me I am a parkour dancer.

The Nissan Qashqai is one of the quietest and classiest cars of its kind, as well as one of the most practical and best to drive. Yes, it’s more expensive than some rivals, but it's worth the extra – especially when you consider how well it should hold on to its value.

Cheapest are the 1.2-litre petrol models. They’re fine for driving around town, although on faster roads you have to rev the engine hard to keep up with traffic.

The 1.5-litre diesels are our favourite: the engine is smooth and quiet, and gutsy enough from low revs, while low CO2 emissions help keep tax bills low.

Of the trim levels, we reckon N-tec makes the most sense; you get a lot of kit without spending the sort of money that would buy you a larger SUV, such as the Mazda CX-5.

Bought a new Qashqai ST Xtronic (Automatic) with all the trimmings in July this year. Very good deal locally after enquiring around the country. Delighted with performance both around town and longer journeys. Does exactly what it says on the tin. One improvement would be a voice-activated 'phone, as on my daughter's basic Ford Fiesta, about which she keeps reminding me!

One thing’s for certain: the second-generation Nissan Qashqai looks far more upmarket than the original model. The overall shape is typical crossover, with a raised ride height, roof rails and black plastic trim giving a familiar rugged off-roader look.

The Qashqai gets the basics right, with lots of adjustment to the driver’s seat and steering wheel. The various infotainment systems are also easy to use. Things aren’t perfect, though; thick front and rear pillars block your view out, while adjustable lumbar support features only on range-topping versions.

Up front, the Nissan Qashqai features a sharp nose with angular headlamps and distinctive LED running lights, while the twin chrome bars on the grille add a touch of interest. At the back, the LED tail-lamps wrap around the corners of the car and on to the tailgate. The optional Ink Blue paint also really helps the Qashqai to stand out. On top-of-the-range Nissan Qashqai Tekna models, 19-inch wheels come as standard, while Acenta cars get 17-inch alloys.