New Ford Puma vs used Nissan Qashqai: costs

With up to £20,000 to spend on an SUV, you could buy a new Ford Puma or a nearly-new example of the bigger Nissan Qashqai. Let’s see which one makes most sense...

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Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

A six-month-old Qashqai in excellent nick and with less than 6000 miles on the clock can be yours for about £19,000. That’s a few hundred quid less than you’ll pay for a new Puma if you buy using our New Car Buying service or do some haggling yourself.

Buying nearly new is a great way to let someone else pay the often large initial depreciation hit on a car, and doing so on a Qashqai will certainly save you several thousand pounds over its list price when new of £25,170. However, going forwards, it’ll still shed value faster than the Puma. And it’ll cost more to service and insure.

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In our real-world True MPG test, the Qashqai averaged 41.3mpg. We haven’t tested this version of the Puma yet, but even the 153bhp version averaged 45.1mpg, so it’s a safe bet the Puma will net you several more miles to the gallon. In fact, factor in all the bills you’re likely to face during three years of ownership and it’s likely to end up costing you about £4000 less.

It’s also worth noting that the Qashqai will have two and a half years (capped at 60,000 miles) of its manufacturer warranty remaining, unless you fork out extra to extend this. The Puma, meanwhile, obviously comes with the full balance of its three-year warranty (also with a 60,000-mile limit) intact.

A direct safety comparison isn’t possible, because although the Qashqai has been appraised by the experts at Euro NCAP, this happened way back in 2014, when the standards were far more lenient. Neither car was identified as having any major flaws in terms of crash protection, though, and both have automatic emergency braking to help you avoid a shunt in the first place.

Ford Puma vs Nissan Qashqai costs

The Qashqai does make do with a lane departure warning system, whereas the Puma will actively steer you back into your lane if it thinks you’ve drifted out unintentionally. However, the Qashqai has blindspot monitors and a system that warns you about approaching cars when you’re backing out onto a road – things that are only available on the Puma if you stump up for the £900 Driver Assistance Pack.

Both cars come with alloy wheels, automatic air-con and cruise control, while the Puma’s front seats even have a massaging function. However, heated front seats cost extra on the Puma and were optional on the Qashqai, too.

The Puma is too new to have featured in the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, but the Qashqai didn’t fare at all well, finishing towards the bottom of the family SUV class.