By David Wilkins

Nissan's stylish British-built Qashqai caused a splash as the first Golf-sized MPV/SUV crossover a few years ago, and it went on to sell in huge numbers. Now it gets a small mid-life update to keep it fresh in the face of competition from more recently introduced challengers such as the Ford Kuga and the all-new – and much more handsome - version of Kia's Sportage.

The revised Qashqai is available with fuel-saving stop-start technology, at least when fitted with the 1.6-litre petrol engine - although it will be a £200 option, rather than featuring as standard equipment as it does on the Land Rover Freelander 2, for example.

The capable 1.5-litre diesel gets a little bit more power (110 instead of 106 horsepower of the German “PS” variety), and pollutes a little less, thanks in part to a particulate filter for the exhaust system.

The popular n-tec trim level is improved with, for example, 18-inch alloy wheels which were previously a £400 option

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