Designed and built in Britain, the Nissan Qashqai was an instant success when it was introduced in 2007, winning rave reviews and accolades that included Top Gear magazine's 2007 SUV of the Year award. The acclaim translated into sales, with the Qashqai becoming the fastest-selling model in the history of Nissan Europe. Three years on, it was time for a facelift, and the new model has just been introduced to Hong Kong. In addition to the makeover, there is a new model in the line-up - the Qashqai +2 - which is a taller, longer version with seven seats and all-wheel drive. The Qashqai is not technically an SUV; it's a compact crossover, somewhere between a hatchback and a full SUV. Crossovers are built on saloon or estate platforms, with SUV styling and practicality, but with few of the off-road capabilities of that vehicle type. The changes to the 2010 Qashqai are mostly cosmetic - a redesigned bonnet, front bumper, grille and headlamps, and LED brake and tail lights - but there is a practical benefit in that the body work is more aerodynamically efficient. Multispoke 18-inch alloy wheels now adorn the standard five-seater, while the Qashqai +2 has five-spoke 17-inch alloys. Both models have additional soundproofing on the bulkhead and an acoustic windscreen to improve refinement. The styling is identical on both versions from the bumper to the A-pillars, but the +2's wheelbase is 135mm longer, with a 211mm increase in overall length. A 40mm increase in height offers extra headroom, and the cargo space with the rear seats folded is 1,520 litres. Apart from the extra size, the +2 can be differentiated by the standard roof rails. The dark plastic trim in the passenger cabin is lightened by the cream roof trim and a large panorama sunroof. The front seats are comfortable, shaped to firmly cocoon passengers in place, even during hard cornering. Leather is not an option, but the fabric seats are attractive and durable. Two extra seats fold up from the floor of the boot, but even children will have their knees to their chests sitting in them. Apart from the extra space and seats, the +2 has all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive is the standard setting, but once set to auto, the rear wheels take up to 50 per cent of the power depending on road conditions. The two-litre, four-cylinder DOHC engine produces a modest 139hp, but torque is healthy at almost 200 Nm. Having more weight to shift, the +2 takes a second longer to reach 100km/h than the standard Qashqai's 10.7 seconds. Both models have continuously variable transmission, but the gear lever can override this with a six-speed virtual gearbox. With MacPherson struts at the front and a multilink set-up at the rear, the suspension provides a comfortable ride. Despite the softness, there is little body roll and road holding is good for this class of vehicle. The five-seat Qashqai costs HK$242,800, while the +2 version is HK$13,000 more. Considering the increased space and its all-wheel drive capability, the additional outlay seems worthwhile. However, buyers should ask themselves whether they need the extra seats.