Motoring: Qashqai takes a step up with the latest model

The third generation of Nissan’s popular crossover vehicle is likely to retain the wide appeal of previous models

The new Nissan Qashqai: contemporary styling gives it more presence than ever before

Though Nissan can’t take credit for inventing the concept of a “crossover” vehicle – one that mixes SUV styling and an elevated driving position with the footprint and lower running costs of a regular hatchback – it certainly identified and profited from demand for such cars when it introduced its Qashqai for the first time, way back in 2006.

The third generation of this popular model went on sale earlier this year in Ireland, a ...