Like I said, it's zippy. It takes off quickly from a starting position, there's no lag or heaviness, and it weaves in and out of traffic. It has no trouble getting up the hill near my house, where I test all cars, and is an all-round smooth drive.
It's a small SUV, so it's not massive and you don't feel like you're taking up a lot of space driving it, which can be a good or a bad thing, depending on how you feel about car size. The Qashqai is quiet on the road and glides along without effort, almost automatically. There's no heavy lifting here.
One of the Qashqai's strengths is how it can fit into a car park. While costume shopping for my '70s party, I squeezed into a tiny park on a very narrow backstreet in the city (in front of people too, no pressure!) But the steering was easy to wrangle and the reverse parking camera did its job.
Double bonus with the Qashqai: it has 'Intelligent Park Assist' (IPA), which means you press a button and the car parks itself. All you do is take your hands off the steering wheel and accelerate/brake when necessary. This was the first time I have used it and yes, it totally freaked me out, but it's so easy. Just hit the touchscreen and let it do its thing.
Note: The tiny car park mentioned above was so small the IPA didn't even acknowledge it was a park, so wouldn't work and I had to park it myself. See, humans can do things machines can't. IPA is a very handy feature that doesn't come in the Qashqai's competitors, the Mazda CX-3 or the Honda HRV.