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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 52.1 to 53.7mpg is strong, while CO2 emissions of 106 to 112g/km are low for a car of this type. Opt for the manual model and this figure drops to 100 to 110g/km, but fuel economy takes a very slight hit (51.4 to 53.3mpg). In each case, the smallest wheel option is the most efficient.

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The more powerful diesel option is most efficient in its two-wheel drive configuration – 49.7 to 50.1mpg and 127g/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 46.7mpg on average and emits 138g/km of CO2, while the Xtronic CVT auto brings these figures to 41.2mpg and 154g/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 returns up to 41.4mpg on average, with CO2 emissions of 121 to 130g/km depending on wheel size. The more powerful DIG-T 160 boasts identical emissions figures, but its fuel consumption is slightly higher at up to 41.5mpg on the combined cycle. When the car is fitted with the seven-speed auto, emissions increase by 1g/km and economy to 40.8mpg on average.

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 per cent of its original price after three years and 36,000 miles come trade-in time.


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