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Nissan Qashqai scoops 2014 What Car? Car of the Year title

This is the first time that the British-built model, which also took the best small SUV title, has scooped the 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.

‘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.’

BMW collected two trophies; the 435i won best coupé and the new i3 was named best green car. Audi also had a double victory, with the A3 Saloon winning the best executive car and the A3 Cabriolet the best open-top car.

Two awards were presented to Ford for the Fiesta; the 1.0T 100 EcoBoost Zetec 5dr was declared the best small car and the ST-2 the best hot hatch.

Sports car of the year went to the Porsche Boxster 2.7, while the MPV award went to the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso.

The British-built Range Rover Sport was named best large SUV and the luxury car award went to Mercedes-Benz for the S350 Bluetec L SE Line.

The Skoda Octavia was given the family car award and the estate car trophy went to Volkswagen for the VW Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE Bluemotion Tech.

The all-new Nissan X-Trail, which goes on sale this summer, was awarded the most exciting car 2014 by What Car? readers; Nissan says the new Nissan X-Trail will be muscular, modern and packed with technology.

2014 Roll of Honour:



What Car?



List price

Target Price*

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 electric




BMW 435i M Sport Sport auto



Estate car

Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE Bluemotion Tech




Citroën 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 SDV6 HSE



Executive car

Audi A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI Sport



Sports car

Porsche Boxster 2.7



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





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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.