Qashqai wins car of the year award

Qashqai wins car of the year award

The Nissan Qashqai has been named as the What Car? car of the year for 2014.

The Sunderland-built model also claimed the best small SUV gong at the awards ceremony in London.

"The all-new Nissan Qashqai brings excellence and polish to a class of cars that is brimming with talent and tempting buys. The Qashqai delivers low costs and first-class levels of comfort, refinement, space and safety," Chas Hallet, editor-in-chief of What Car? said.

"Nissan has thought of every last detail, and this complete approach is why the Qashqai is What Car?'s car of the year. The Nissan team should be justifiably proud of their achievement."

More than 50,000 Qashqais were sold in the UK in 2013, making it the sixth best-selling model overall.

"We're thrilled. A huge amount of effort has gone into the design and engineering of the new car, and we're all extremely excited about creating the template for the second-generation crossover," Jim Wright, managing director of Nissan Motor GB, said.

BMW scooped the best coupe award for the 435i and the best green car gong for the new i3.

Copyright Press Association 2014