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Nissan Qashqai review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Advanced engines deliver some of the best fuel economy figures of any crossover.

Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are respectable across the Qashqai range thanks to the arrival of a lineup of new, more efficient engines in 2019.

The most efficient in the range is the 1.5-litre diesel in seven-speed DCT guise: combined economy of 53.3mpg is strong, while CO2 emissions of 138g/km is competitive for a car of this type. Opting for the manual model delivers very little difference in these figures, although there is a slight drop in overall efficiency. Bear in mind that, in each case, the smallest wheel option returns the best economy.

The more powerful diesel option is most efficient in its two-wheel drive configuration – 51.4mpg and 145g/km of CO2 are respectable. This engine is the only option for those who require four-wheel drive, but here economy and emissions are worse: the manual model returns up to 47.9mpg on average and emits 145g/km of CO2, while the Xtronic CVT auto brings these figures to 42.8mpg and 173g/km.

Petrol models are a great choice for those planning on covering fewer miles. The least powerful version of the 1.3-litre DIG-T engine is available exclusively with a manual gearbox and returns up to 41.5mpg on average, with CO2 emissions of 153g/km. The more powerful DIG-T 160 boasts identical fuel economy and emissions figures. When the car is fitted with the seven-speed auto, emissions increase by 3g/km and economy is 40.9mpg, on the combined cycle.

Insurance groups

Insurance for the Qashqai ranges from group 17 for the entry 1.3-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel in Visia trim, up to group 20 for the 158bhp 1.6-litre DIG-T turbo petrol.

It’s worth bearing in mind that models fitted with the Smart Vision Pack are rated a couple of groups lower. This is because the pack includes features that reduce the chance of a low-speed collision. The Smart Vision Pack is fitted as standard to all but Visia models; it’s a £550 option on the entry-level car.


Demand for the Qashqai on the used market means it'll retain a good chunk of its value. Our experts predict that you should get back between 36 and 48% of its original price after three years and 36,000 miles, come trade-in time.

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