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This is Nissan's updated Qashqai, itself one of the cars that defined the relatively new crossover segment in which the tall driving position and rugged looks of an SUV are matched with the compact size and underpinnings of a conventional hatchback. When the Qashqai was launched in 2007 it was seen as a niche vehicle, but its success surprised everyone, Nissan included. Since then, many other car makers have introduced crossovers of their own, so the Qashqai hasn't got the market to itself any more.

You'll notice the revamped styling first. Both regular five-seat and the larger seven-seat Qashqai+2 receive a new face. It does away with the slightly awkward front end of its predecessor and though there are loads of new parts, it's still instantly identifiable as a Qashqai. The restyled headlights, grille, bonnet, wings and bumpers all give the car a much more assertive appearance. Redesigned rear lights and new alloy wheel designs complement this. Nissan has also paid particular attention to the Qashqai's aerodynamics, smoothing out air flow to the claimed benefit of fuel economy and noise suppression.

The Qashqai's interior also received attention, with new materials and colour options. The biggest single change is to the instrumentation, which has been redesigned and now features a proper display for the onboard computer. Nissan has also found space for extra cubbyholes here and there.

Given that the Qashqai has proved to be a favourite among family buyers already, the new car had a good starting point. We really like the new looks, and the interior updates help lift the perceived quality. The new information screen is clear and its operation is intuitive through buttons on the steering wheel. It's a comfortable cabin as ever and spacious too.

The Qashqai is notably hushed when on the move. There is very little road or engine noise intruding on the serenity of the cabin, though at motorway speeds there seems to be a slight whistle from either the door mirrors or the A-pillars, which is surprising given Nissan's focus on the car's aerodynamics.

Power comes from an unchanged choice of two petrol or two diesel engines: 1.6- and 2.0-litre petrol with 113- and 139bhp or 1.5- and 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 105- and 148bhp respectively. The best sellers are powered by the 1.6-litre petrol or 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel. Neither the 1.6- nor 2.0-litre petrol engines are very impressive in terms of performance. They're commendably quiet, but lack the pulling power to comfortably propel the Qashqai, especially if it's full of people and luggage.

The diesel options fare better thanks to the availability of torque low down the rev range. They also return more impressive fuel economy figures and, thanks to the addition of a lamination windscreen, are well isolated - in terms of noise - from the car's occupants.

Nissan has also tweaked the Qashqai's suspension, with the aim being better body control for improved comfort. This has been a success too. Essentially it drives more like a regular hatchback than an SUV, though you sit up high.

You need to make a few other decisions first, such as your seating needs. The Qashqai comes in five- and seven-seat guises and they're quite different cars. The +2 version looks even more like an SUV. Its extra seats are useful (for kids anyway), but it also boasts significantly more boot space. Naturally it costs more.

The entry-level Qashqai Visia starts at £15,395, while the +2 equivalent is £16,695. Minimum specification includes 16-inch alloys, Bluetooth and MP3 connectivity, air conditioning, ESP and remote central locking. The range is then divided up into Acenta, n-tec and Tekna trim levels.

Alternatives to consider include Peugeot's 3008, the Ford Kuga, VW Tiguan and Mitsubishi's forthcoming ASX.

Nissan surprised itself with the success of the Qashqai. It seems that buyers are moving away from the traditional family hatchback and saloon in search of something different. With large SUVs also currently out of favour, it looks like the crossover segment is here to stay. Despite the arrival of several new rivals, Nissan's Qashqai remains a great value car and a really good all-rounder. The updates merely serve to underline all that.