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

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


Some of my colleagues are getting increasingly frustrated with the fuel economy in test cars being sometimes far off the official MPG figures.

Although the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) testing cycle is only supposed to be referred to as a benchmark, you still expect to be producing MPG close to these figures and in some new cars, you can end up way off the mark.

The NEDC test is performed in a laboratory that has set conditions including temperature and humidity. The 20 minute test is carried out with no additional in-car technology on or extra weight in the car, this is to ensure consistency but does not take into account different variants that will affect real-world mpg like driving style, weight, air con, weather or traffic conditions.

The Qashqai, with an official combined figure of 63mpg, has managed to buck this trend, regularly surpassing this figure on longer, motorway type journeys, sometimes achieving over 70mpg, without needing to turn off the air con or adapt my driving style too much, quite an impressive feat.

The fuel economy does not impress as much on city driving and short trips which sees the figure drop to as low as 50mpg, 20% off the combined figure. This figure is still competitive in the sector, but the economy difference between motorway driving and city trips has left me feeling a little dissatisfied.

Our long termer, the 1.6dci N-TEC +, also comes with some additional features to help drivers improve fuel economy including stop/start technology, advisory gear change alerts and cruise control.

As some cars becoming greener and more economical, this can sometimes be followed by a drop in engine performance, happily 130bhp is enough to excite most and the Qashqai is fun to drive, feels quick and handles well with good grip.

All in all the Qashqai continues to impress and has provided an all-round package that is clearly capturing the publics imagination with 27,156 new car registrations in 2012 so far resulting in the SUV ranking 6th most popular car this year to date.

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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