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Nissan Qashqai SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

Despite looking like an SUV, the Nissan Qashqai offers frugal diesel engines that make it particularly cheap to run

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The Nissan Qashqai takes the form of a compact SUV, but offers running costs in the same ballpark as more conventional family hatchbacks. It’s unlikely to cost much more day-to-day than a Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra.

Nissan Qashqai MPG & CO2

The Qashqai is impressively cheap to run when compared with conventional SUVs. The 1.3-litre DiG-T petrol engine is economical, and Nissan claims that both the 138 and 158bhp variants return similar fuel economy and emissions figures with a manual gearbox or an automatic. Exact running costs depend on the size of wheels fitted. The standard 17-inch alloys are claimed to return up to 44.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 143g/km. That means a mid-range BiK rating. Upgrade to the 18- or 19-inch wheels and economy drops to 42.8mpg, while CO2 emissions rise to 154g/km for a slightly higher BiK rating.

In a late 2020 range update, Nissan discontinued both the 1.5- and 1.7-litre DCi diesel engines from the Qashqai line-up.

Every new Qashqai will cost £150 a year in road tax.

Insurance groups

Insurance starts with a group 14 rating for the 138bhp 1.3-litre petrol Acenta Premium, rising to 18 for the 158bhp version. Qashqai insurance seems generally higher than for a Kia Sportage, but comparable with a Ford Focus.


All Nissans come with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is about average for this class. However, it's worth remembering that the Hyundai Tucson comes with a five-year warranty and the Kia Sportage has a seven-year warranty. Interestingly, the mechanically-identical Renault Kadjar also has a five-year warranty.


Nissan offers fixed-price servicing and the Qashqai's service intervals are every 12,500 miles for petrol models and every 18,000 miles for diesels.

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