Chas Hallett, editor-in-chief of What Car?, commented: “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.”
“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.”
The managing director of Nissan Motor GB, Jim Wright, said: “We’re thrilled that What Car? has named the new Qashqai as its 2014 Car of the Year. 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.
“As the What Car? judges discovered for themselves, the new Qashqai is an unbeatable package with high equipment levels, great refinement and comfort and incredible attention to detail.”
The Nissan X-Trail, due to go on sale this summer, also received an award – the Readers Award for most exciting car.
Nissan has also been in the press recently thanks to its brand new London Taxi design – based on the NV200.
Other car manufacturers struggling under the weight of accolades includes BMW, Audi and Ford, who took home two trophies each. The BMW 435i won Best Coupe while the brand new BMW i3 was named Best Green Car. The Audi A3 saloon won Best Executive Car; the Audi A3 Cabriolet received the prize for Best Open-Top Car.
Ford were pleased to receive the prizes for Best Small Car (for the Fiesta 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec 5 Dr) and Best Hot Hatch (for the Fiesta ST-2). The Fiesta, which has also won awards from Auto Express, Top Gear, Scottish Car of the Year and Women’s World, has topped UK sales charts every month of 2013.
The chairman and managing director of Ford of Britain, Mark Ovenden, commented: “Ford is rightly proud of Fiesta’s remarkable sales achievements, and also of the exceptional number of industry awards it continues to collect. The demand for new Fiesta means one is sold every 30 seconds during business hours.”
A full list of prize-winners is below:
|Best City Car||Winner (£9000-£10,000)||Under £9000||Over £10,000|
|Hyundai i10 1.0 65 SE||Skoda Citigo||Volkswagen Up!|
|Best Small Car||Winner (£12,000-£15,000)||Under £12,000||Over £15,000|
|Ford Fiesta 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr||Dacia Sandero 1.2 Ambiance||Audi A1 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport|
|Best Family Car||Winner (£15,000-£18,000)||Under £15,000||Over £18,000|
|Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI SE||Kia Cee'd||Audi A3 Sportback|
|Best Green Car||Winner (£20,000-£30,000)||Under £20,000||Over £30,000|
|BMW i3 electric||Renault ZOE||Tesla Model S|
|Best Coupé||Winner (Over £35,000)||Under £25,000||£25,000-£35,000|
|BMW 435i M Sport Sport auto||SEAT Leon SC||Audi TT|
|Best Estate Car||Winner (£18,000-£25,000)||Under £18,000||Over £25,000|
|Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE Bluemotion Tech||Kia Cee'd Sportswagon||BMW 5 Series Touring|
|Best MPV||Winner (£16,000-£22,000)||Under £16,000||Over £22,000|
|Citroën Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi 115 Exclusive||Citroen C3 Picasso||SEAT Alhambra|
|Best Hot Hatch||Winner (£15,000-£20,000)||Under £15,000||Over £22,000|
|Ford Fiesta ST-2||Suzuki Swift Sport||Renault Megane Renaultsport|
|Best Open-Top Car||Winner (£25,000-£35,000)||Under £25,000||Over £35,000|
|Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TSI S line||Citroen DS3 Cabriolet||Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet|
|Best Small SUV||Winner (£16,000-£22,000)||Under £16,000||Over £22,000|
|Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta 2WD||Renault Captur||Audi Q3|
|Best Large SUV||Winner (Over £40,000)||Under £25,000||£25,000-£40,000|
|Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE||Mazda CX-5||BMW X3|
|Best Executive Car||Winner (Under £24,000)||£24,000-£28,000||Over £28,000|
|Audi A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI Sport||BMW 3 Series||BMW 5 Series|
|Best Sports Car||Winner (Under £50,000)||£50,000-£100,000||Over £100,000|
|Porsche Boxster 2.7||Porsche 911||McLaren 12C Spider|
|Best Luxury Car||Winner (Under £70,000)||£70,000-£100,000||Over £100,000|
|Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec L SE Line||Range Rover||Rolls-Royce Phantom|
|Reader Award||1st Place||2nd Place|
|Nissan X-Trail||Jaguar F-Type Coupe|
|Car of the Year||Overall Winner|
|Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta 2WD|
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