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Nissan Qashqai Visia Pure Drive 1.5 dCi: Test Drive Review

Date: 13 December 2010   |   Author: Rachel Burgess

Category: Lower medium
P11D price: £17,140
Key rival: VW Golf

For a 1.5-litre 109hp diesel engine in a vehicle of Qashqai proportions, you'd be pleasantly surprised at how powerful this green(ish) iteration is.

The Visia dCi 2WD Pure Drive is Nissan's nod to the environment in its most popular model, emitting 130g/km CO2 with official fuel figures of 57.6mpg. In reality, this was closer to 47.6mpg in a mix of urban and motorway journeys. With a cost per mile figure of 41.8p, it is notably less than the biggest-selling variant in the Qashqai range, the N-Tec 1.5dCi, at 48.1p, although this does have more standard equipment. Indeed, possibly to keep weight down, the car as tested is also the lowest-spec model, but it certainly doesn't feel bare.

The Qashqai has been a surprising fleet winner for Nissan - operators keeping a close eye on costs definitely won't be disappointed with this most eco-friendly variant.

Qashqai Visa Pure Drive 1.5 dCi manual 5dr
P11D price£17,140
Model price range£15,695-£26,195
Fuel consumption57.6mpg
CO2 (tax) 130g/km/(18%)
BIK 20/40% per month£51/£103
Service interval12,500mls
Insurancegroup 17
Boot space (min/max)410/660 litres
Engine size/power1461cc/109hp
Top speed/0-62mph108mph/12.8secs
VerdictExcellent Qashqai does
well with its green option


Excellent Qashqai does well with its green option