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Our Fleet: Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi N-Tec + - December 2012

BIK List Price
Nissan Qashqai BIK list price
BIK Percentage
Nissan Qashqai BIK Percent
Nissan Qashqai CO2
Combined MPG
Nissan Qashqai MPG


The Qashqai's carrying ability – both for people and luggage – was put to the test this month, as a visit from my Irish-based brother and his family meant a run to the airport to pick them up.

As they were only over for a weekend, they were travelling relatively lightly, so accommodating their suitcases and child's buggy in the 410-litre boot was not a problem.

However, fitting my sister-in-law in between their two children – one in a bulky child seat and the other on a booster seat – on the rear seat proved to be a bit of a squeeze.

It's unfair to criticise the Qashqai over this though, because any car of its size – at 4,330mm long and 1,780mm wide, it's 28mm shorter and 78mm narrower than a Ford Focus – would struggle to cope comfortably with these demands. Of course, fleet drivers who want the Nissan's qualities with more practicality can opt for the seven-seat Qashqai+2 at a premium of around £2,500 over the five-door model.

Otherwise, the Qashqai performed up to its usual high standards. Its 130bhp 1.6 dCi engine easily took the extra load in its stride, while the car's ride and refinement dealt comfortably with the motorway miles.

Another huge plus point was that the children loved the Qashqai's panoramic glass roof – watching the stars and overhead planes in the night sky kept them quiet for much of the journey home – a real bonus!

Driver Notes

Fuel economy
I am usually disappointed with my long termers when it comes to fuel economy as most fail to hit the official figure. I have, however, been very pleased with the Qashqai's performance returning over 70mpg on longer distance journeys!
Panoramic Roof
The panoramic roof is a great edition to our long termers specification and on sunny days fills the Qashqai with light - my only niggle is the time it takes to fully reveal, not something that can be done waiting at traffic lights.
Top Speed
Nissan Qashqai Top Speed
VED band
Nissan Qashqai Ved
Fuel Type
Nissan Qashqai Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £7,625
4 Year 80k : £6,100
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 39.87
4 Year 80k : 35.79

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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