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

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


As Simon Harris explained in the last report, the latest version of the Nissan Qashqai, was designed, engineered and built all in the UK and you cannot help but feel patriotic about it, especially considering the success the Qashqai has had since its launch in 2005.

The SUV sector has seen some rapid growth over the past couple of years and the Qashqai has become one of the best selling cars in the UK. It also won Best Crossover at this year’s Fleet News Awards, beating the critically acclaimed Range Rover Evoque and Kia Sportage so I was very excited to receive the keys and see for myself what all the fuss is about.

So was it a worthy winner?

Definitely. The Qashqai is a joy to drive with excellent handling. The 130bhp provides ample performance and the 1.6dci engine has returned surprising fuel economy. I have easily surpassed the official figure of 62.8mpg on several occasions and even gone over 70mpg on a trip to Birmingham which included motorway driving, to achieve the figure so easily is a glowing accolade to Nissan.

Our long termer comes with the new N-Tec+ equipment grade which includes satellite navigation, which for me, is a very welcomes addition. The Qashqai also includes 18 inch allow wheels, 360 degrees camera system and a panoramic glass roof, which is an added bonus with the recent sunny weather we have been having, albeit takes an age for the cover to disappear.

I have initially been surprised and impressed by the Qashqai and, as an all-round fleet package, would be quick to recommend it. With BIK tax at 17% and CO2 emissions of 119g/km, the Qashqai offers a competitive package against its over lower medium rivals.

The only negative I can find so far is you cannot seem to drive down a street without seeing another one.

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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