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Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-tec

Nissan

Review

Amid all the doom and gloom in May’s sales figures, which saw overall fleet registrations fall by 33.2% compared to the same month last year, the Nissan Qashqai provided one of the few bright spots.

It sold 1,897 to fleets, making it the eighth highest seller – helping Nissan to a month-on-month rise of 0.4%.

This performance also made Qashqai the 10th most popular fleet model so far this year, with 7,640 units sold.

These figures make it clear that the Qashqai is already a firm favourite among fleets and, with the introduction of the N-tec trim level, its appeal should grow even further.

The new trim, which slots in between the range-topping Tekna and Acenta, is fitted, as standard, with the new Nissan Connect system – also available on Qashqai+2, Note and Micra – which features a CD player, aux-in socket, USB port for full iPod connection, Bluetooth connectivity and a five-inch touch-screen satellite navigation system with a full postcode search facility.

A colour reversing camera is also incorporated.

N-tec also includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof, rear privacy glass, satin silver roof rails and satin silver door handles.

While the larger wheels – other Qashqai models have either 16 or 17-inch alloys – will cost a fleet operator more in terms of tyre costs compared to its 1.5 dCi siblings, Qashqai offers unchanged fuel economy of 54.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km, which puts it in the 18% benefit-in-kind tax band.

The N-tec retains the traditional strengths of the Qashqai, which means a commanding driving position compared to its small family car rivals, a good driving experience, and an exceptionally well-built interior.

Cabin space is excellent, with plenty of room for five people.

Its boot capacity is 410 litres – rising to 1,513 with the rear seats folded down.

Verdict

It’s easy to see why the Qashqai has been such a big hit with fleets and the N-tec trim level should only see it gain more fans.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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