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The Qashqai makes it a hat trick with yet another win in this hotly contested category. Despite strong opposition, the SUV from Sunderland possesses all the necessary talents for victory.

Not only is it one of the most economical and least-polluting vehicles in this category, it also has a high-quality interior that keeps wind, engine and road noise at bay.

Excellent practicality, a chassis that is well suited to British roads and impressive engine refinement are the icing on the cake.

If you’re feeling a touch of déjà vu, that’s because the Qashqai has won the small SUV category outright for the past two years, and its presence here means it’s still a serious contender. This engine’s CO2 emissions are just 99g/km, which is good news for both private and business users. As you might expect, economy is a strong point, too; our True MPG team have achieved an average of 54.7mpg.

Not only is the 109bhp diesel engine powerful enough for everyday motoring, it’s impressively refined. Even when you’re accelerating, it stays smooth, with not much noise making its way into the cabin. The suspension soaks up the majority of bumps well, too.

Interior quality is another Qashqai strong point, with plenty of soft-touch plastics, while all of the switches and buttons feel like they’ll stand the test of time.

N-tec models receive dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and a touchscreen system with both a DAB radio and sat-nav. Just make sure you choose the optional 17in wheels to get the headline economy and emissions figures.

0-62 MPH 11.9sec Top speed 113mph Economy 74.3mpg CO2 99g/km Tax liability 17% Insurance group 15 True MPG 54.7mpg