I quite liked driving in the Qashqai. It's smooth enough and has enough power to get me from one end of Sydney to the other with little effort. There's a 2.0-litre engine with a good amount of power and it gets up hills comfortably. I found the steering a bit stiff when doing a lot of turning at the wheel, trying to get out of tight spots, but nothing major.
There's good handling and I felt confident driving the Qashqai all week. I think that's partly to do with its height - it's not as low as some small SUVs, it's still quite high so you feel substantial on the road and as though it can handle what you throw at it.
Parking was relatively easy because of its size, and they've upgraded the reverse parking camera to include a 360 degree view which lets you know where you are in space. I find this feature extremely helpful when fitting into tight spots. This model also has park assist, so it will park itself if you think you need help.