2018 Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DiG-T verdict

Nissan has killed two birds with one stone by replacing its two current petrol engines with a more frugal yet more powerful 1.3-litre unit...

2018 Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DiG-T

2018 Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DiG-T verdict

In effect, Nissan has killed two birds with one stone by introducing its new 1.3-litre engine. Not only do both engines offer better fuel economy and flexibility compared with the units they replace, but they also offer buyers a true alternative to diesel Qashqai ownership.

Indeed, where we would have previously dismissed the 1.2-litre petrol as underpowered and the 1.6-litre petrol as uneconomical, now buyers can opt for the lower-powered 1.3 safe in the knowledge that it delivers the kind of low-down flexibility that makes hauling heavy loads or plenty of passengers a breeze.

And yet, despite the addition of the new engine, we doubt this will be enough to see the Qashqai retake class honours. After four years on sale, the interior is really starting to feel its age, and although the updates to the infotainment system look rather substantial on paper, in reality they’re too little too late.

Perhaps Nissan needs to look towards revolution rather than evolution after all.

What Car? rating: 4 out of 5

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2018 Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DiG-T Tekna Plus

Price £27,095 Engine 4cyl, 1332cc, petrol, turbo Power 138bhp at 5000rpm Torque 177lb ft at 2000rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 10.5sec Top speed 120mph Official economy 53.3mpg (NEDC) CO2, tax band 121/km, 25% (NEDC)