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Nissan Qashqai review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Qashqai buyers seeking lower running costs may want to hold out for the more efficient e-power versions

Without the efficiencies of a plug-in hybrid model, and buyers having to wait until 2022 for Nissan’s e-power tech to filter into the range, the Qashqai lineup has to make do with a 1.3-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine, providing either 138bhp or 156bhp. The lower-powered unit returns up to 44.7mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 143g/km. Opting for the 156bhp version doesn’t bring any significant reduction in economy, but adding four-wheel-drive sees a fall of around 3mpg and a CO2 figure of 156g/km.

Business users won’t be hugely motivated by these numbers as, even with the basic Visia car, they’ll be paying a 32 per cent Benefit-in-Kind rate, while a top-spec model is in the 35 per cent bracket.

All Qashqai’s come with stop/start tech, along with an Eco drive mode to help eke out extra miles from a tank of fuel.

Insurance groups

Buying an entry-level Qashqai Visia means that you won’t be forking out too much cash to insure your new family wheels. The cheapest 138bhp version sits in group 11, although stepping up to Accenta Premium and N-Connecta variants only sees a rise to group 12.

The extra power of the 156bhp Accenta Premium CVT car puts it in group 15, with top-spec Tekna+ versions in group 16. In comparison, the Hyundai Tucson range starts from group 12 and climbs to group 20 for the 227bhp hybrid in the posh Ultimate specification.

Depreciation

The second-generation Qashqai retained an average of 46 per cent of its original list price over a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period. With its sharper looks, enhanced interior quality and improved on-board tech adding to its desirability, our data suggest the latest Qashqai will hold onto around 52 per cent of its value over the same period, which is on a par with the Hyundai Tucson, but lags slightly behind the impressive Ford Kuga on 55 per cent.

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