Peter Anderson road tests and reviews the 2017 Nissan Qashqai range with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

Nissan's Qashqai is a rare beast. Not because it's a small SUV - there are plenty of those. Not because it's a Nissan - they sell plenty of these things. It's rare because the first generation, known as Dualis here and in Japan, sold pretty well, but the powers-that-be decided that with the replacement would come the global name - Qashqai. Remember when Toyota wanted to change the Corolla to Auris? Yeah, Toyota Australia knocked that on the head super-quick.

The name change doesn't seem to have dented the Qashqai's popularity, with the Nissan chalking up a steady 1000 cars per month - it's one of the standout successes in the Nissan range.

It also stands out in the small SUV segment - it's the biggest and at the top of the range, the most expensive when you cut out the Germans.