Our Cars: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi n-tec

13 February 2015: This product works just fine

The Details

Current mileage 4750
Claimed economy 74.3mpg
Actual economy 49.9mpg

My last Qashqai update was about trying, in vain, to achieve fuel economy approaching the car’s official combined figure. Until recently I was perservering, but keeping the digital mpg display close to 50mpg is so deflating (and borderline distracting) that I’ve stopped bothering. It’s not worth the hassle for the sake of a few pounds saved.

I’m perfectly happy to accept that I’m partly to blame for this surprisingly below-par economy performance – the Qashqai’s economy rating does tend to jump up a little whenever my other half drives it – but I do draw comfort from the car’s Honest John Real MPG rating. It shows that you lot are only mustering a few miles per gallon more than me: 53.1mpg.

That’s just 71 per cent of the claimed figure, and only five mpg short of the Real MPG figure for the last generation Qashqai’s 1.5-litre dCi engine – an engine whose official claimed average is a full 20mpg lower than this one’s.


                     A Qashqai outside Ikea. Standard. 

Other than that gripe there’s little to report on the Qashqai at the moment, which is a good thing because it means it’s just going about doing a cracking job. We’ve even been to Ikea in it, which is the equivalent of playing Wonderwall on a brand new acoustic guitar, or drinking your own urine through a jockstrap after joining a new rugby team – it’s the standard initiation test. The mucky photo above is the fascinating proof.

Usually, the road test trip to Ikea is used to demonstrate a long-termer’s unyielding and henceforth useful ability to carry large, everyday household items – massive pictures of Audrey Hepburn and such like. However, I didn’t buy anything (we went to take advantage of the one hour of free childcare – it's worth knowing that, parents), but the trip did make me realise something about the Qashqai.

Nobody in Ikea really wants to be in Ikea. Deep down, most of us would rather be in a furniture store at the more comfortable end of middle class. Next Home or somewhere like that. But Ikea does everything, and everything it does does everything it needs to do in perfectly adequate fashion, and for a reasonable price. So we just go there, zombie-like.

I’m not saying that zombies buy Qashqais (Zombies buy cars that fall apart. Make up your own joke), but more than any car I’ve driven recently the Qashqai feels like a consumer good, in the sense that a Billy bookcase or a Shplurgentoyt shower curtain is. It’s all at once one of the best and dullest cars I’ve ever driven. Maybe I’ll grow to love it. 

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