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

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


Our otherwise impeccable Nissan Qashqai lost a little bit of its sheen in the past month, as I discovered its exceptional fuel economy wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

In the hands of its previous custodian, the crossover would, according to its trip computer, sometimes return more than 70mpg on journeys – far in excess of its official economy of 62.8mpg.

I was feeling pretty proud of myself, too, when I rolled up to the pumps for the first time with the trip computer telling me that I had averaged 64.7mpg over the 712.5 miles I'd travelled on a single tankful.

However, this didn't seem to correlate with the 13.14 gallons I put in, and a quick calculation later showed me that I'd actually achieved 52.4mpg – 19% less than the reported figure. To get the reported economy, I would have needed to have travelled another 140 miles.

The next fill-up told a similar tale – a reported 60.7mpg turned out to be 50.1mpg, leaving me feeling slightly deflated.
It would be harsh to be too critical of the Qashqai over this because 50mpg-plus is undoubtedly still a good return, but knowing that all is not as it seems just detracts slightly from the car's feelgood factor.

And a feelgood factor is something it has in abundance – from its elevated driving position, its interior design and quality, and its road manners, the Qashqai is a very easy car to like.

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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