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First drive: Nissan Qashqai 1.6dCi Acenta

Nissan
BIK List Price
£21,840
Nissan Qashqai BIK list price
BIK Percentage
13%
Nissan Qashqai BIK Percent
CO2
119g/km
Nissan Qashqai CO2
Combined MPG
62.8
Nissan Qashqai MPG

Review

A trailblazing eco engine is set to play a leading role in helping Nissan win significant fresh business in the corporate car sector.

Developed by alliance partner Renault, the high-power, low-emission 1.6-litre diesel motor will boost the appeal of the Japanese brand’s segment-busting Qashqai crossover to drivers and companies, believes Nissan Motor GB corporate sales director James Douglas.

“We’ve had tremendous success with the Qashqai but this new dCi engine makes it possible for us to offer a C-sector product that gives user-choosers high operating economy and a favourable tax proposition without any compromise in performance,” he said.

More than 30% more economical than the 2.0-litre diesel motor now dropped in all but automatic versions, the new power unit is available immediately – but a key component in cutting emissions will not be standard until early next year due to an interruption in supplies of electronic parts caused by the recent earthquake in Japan. Until then, the tailpipe figure is 129g/km.

Subdued throughout its rev range, the engine is an impressive performer that pulls strongly from little more than idling speed. Currently the most powerful 1.6-litre diesel available, it equals the 2.0-litre in torque output to be a best-of-both-worlds compromise that should appeal to the user-chooser sector.

Despite costing £1,500 more than its predecessor, the new N-TEC+ is claimed to represent £2,700 higher value with features including Around View monitor – a novel camera aid that shows an aerial view of the car on the sat-nav screen to aid parking.

The Qashqai has already proved a smash-hit success for Nissan to set the pace in crossover registrations and this new engine makes the car an even better proposition for both business and family use.

By Maurice Glover

Fuel costs
Top marks – combined economy of the 1.6-litre engine shows a 31 per cent improvement over the previous 2.0 dCi motor but delivers equal power and performance.
CO2 emissions
Tailpipe emissions fall beneath the critical 120g/km level with the help of stop-start equipment, a regenerative braking system and cold-loop, low pressure exhaust gas recirculation.
Residual values
Allied with significant reductions in operating costs, major improvements in efficiency should prove beneficial in hardening residuals.
Driver appeal
It may have a smaller displacement than two litres, but it’s difficult to detect with an impressive engine that delivers its power in smooth, seamless fashion and remains generally subdued in the process.
FN Verdict
The Qashqai has already proved a smash-hit success for Nissan to set the pace in crossover registrations and this new engine makes the car an even better proposition for both business and family use.
Top Speed
118mph
Nissan Qashqai Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Nissan Qashqai Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Nissan Qashqai Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £7,775
4 Year 80k : £5,300
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 36.83
4 Year 80k : 34.33

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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