If you like your used car wrapped and tied with a ribbon, check out Nissans approved used cylinder heads. There are the usual benefits, including a 12-month warranty and a 1,000-mile 30-day exchange promise, as well as a free courtesy car at the time of service and free roadside assistance when repaired by a Nissan dealer.

So, what do you get for your money? Not seven seats, thats for sure. The Mk2 Qashqai only has five seats. If you need seven seats, you can see a Mk1 Qashqai+2 or the current Nissan X-Trail.

Otherwise, you get an exceptionally round all-rounder, similar to a car, with a decent cab and boot, an elegant and comfortable interior, impressive handling and driving, and efficient engines. The two-wheel drive versions have a rear axle with torsion bar and the four-wheel drive versions have a more sophisticated multi-link layout as well as respectable off-road manners.

But its two-wheel drive that most buyers vote for. The most important thing for them is value for money and low running costs. In these measures, the Mk2 Qashqai does not disappoint. There are plenty of engines but, for undemanding drivers and low mileage, we recommend the 1.2 DiG-T petrol of 113 bhp. It accelerates smoothly, navigates easily on the motorway and returns up to 45 mpg.

For higher mileage, 1.5 dCi diesel is more suitable. It is a flexible, refined and willing unit. It will run the motorway all day and again measure up to 56 mpg.

There are five levels of finishing, from Visia to Tekna+. Visia is generous, with four power windows, a 5.0-inch information and entertainment system and air conditioning. Beyond the range, N-Connecta adds a security package and Tekna brings leather upholstery, a Bose audio system and even more security kit. New rivals like the Seat Ateca may be more polished in all areas, but a Mk2 Qashqai fits into more pockets.

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