In the world of seven-seat transport, low running costs are just as important as practicality and ease of use – which is why Nissan has introduced an ultra-frugal 1.6-litre diesel to its Qashqai+2 range.
The new engine is billed as the most powerful of its size, producing 128bhp and 320Nm of torque. That allows for a 0-62mph time of 10.9 seconds in the two-wheel-drive version driven here.
The engine is also more efficient than the slower 2.0-litre diesel it replaces, with emissions of 133g/km and fuel economy of 55.4mpg. It’s refined and smooth, and there isn’t much cabin noise until you reach the upper reaches of the rev range.
Nissan’s engineers have made no changes to the Qashqai+2’s chassis, so you still get a decent blend of grip, precise steering and impressive ride comfort.
Practicality is as good as ever, with up to 1,520 litres of boot space and seven seats – although the two rearmost ones are extremely cramped.
Prices start from £21,095, making this engine the most expensive in the range. But with low running costs, it’s also the best value for money.