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Our Nissan Qashqai 360 came of age this month, going into the workshop for its first service. Our trusty long-termer reached the 18,000 mark – its first service interval point – without so much as a cough or splutter.

And, despite living a hard life at the hands (and heavy right feet) of the AOL Cars team, the British-built model came through with flying colours. It didn't come as a surprise to those of us who have spent the most time with Nissan's big seller, though.

With thousands of miles under its metaphorical belt, the Qashqai has matured well and feels sharper, quicker and more responsive than ever.

It's also every bit as economical to run as it's ever been, averaging around 43 mpg even as it's first trip to the Nissan service centre approached.

What's more, the superb build quality for which Nissan's Sunderland factory is renowned is still evident as the model has survived our nation's potholed roads without developing a single creak, squeak, knock or rattle.

The 360 is now, of course, no longer in production – replaced by the fabulous all-new Qashqai earlier this year – and quality used examples tend to go with blink-and-you'll-miss-'em speed. But if you do have the good fortune to find one, snap it up quick. They're popular for good reason.

Author: Mal Hay (@MalcolmHay)

The knowledge

Model: Nissan Qashqai 360
Price: £22,090 (as tested)
Engine: 1.6-litre, turbocharged diesel
Power: 128bhp, 320Nm
Max speed: 118mph
0-60mph: 10.7s
Emissions: 135g/km
Mileage this month: 3,612

This month's highlight

Getting to its first service without so much as a cough or a splutter