Nissan Qashqai wins top What Car? prize

MR WCCOTY 2The new Nissan Qashqai has been named the 2014 What Car? Car of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Park Lane last night.

The Qashqai also bagged the Small SUV award, while the 2014 Nissan X-Trail took away the Reader Award.

What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: “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.”

The original Nissan Qashqai proved to be a surprising hit, triggering the crossover bandwagon that every manufacturer worth its salt is now trying to jump on.

Our man Peter Burgess is currently on his way to Madrid for a first drive in the 2014 model. Return to MR soon to find out his verdict.

Here is the full list of winners:

City car: Hyundai i10 1.0 65 SE

Small car: Ford Fiesta 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr

Family car: Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI SE

Green car: BMW i3

Coupe: BMW 435i M Sport auto

Estate car: Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE Bluemotion Tech

MPV: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi 115 Exclusive

Hot hatch: Ford Fiesta ST-2

Open-top car: Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TSI S Line

Small SUV: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta 2WD

Large SUV: Range Rover Sport

Executive car: Audi A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI Sport

Sports car: Porsche Boxster

Luxury car: Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec L SE Line

Reader Award: Nissan X-Trail

Car of the Year: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta 2WD

Do you agree with these winners? What would you pick as your Car of the Year? Let us know!