What used Nissan Qashqai hatchback will I get for my budget?
Prices for the first-generation Nissan Qashqai range from £2500 for early 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel cars with well over 150,000 miles on the clock, to about £14,000 for the last diesel examples piled high with equipment and with low mileage.
A 2012 (62-reg) 1.5-litre diesel car in our favoured Visia specification with mileage around the 40,000 mark should be about £10,000 from a dealer, or a little under £9,000 if you buy privately.
How much does it cost to run a Nissan Qashqai hatchback?
The 1.5-litre diesel Qashqai returns an average of 52.3mpg in official tests, while the 1.6-litre petrol manages 42.2mpg. In reality, though, the diesel will get closer to its official economy figure, because the petrol engine needs to be revved hard to maintain progress.
The diesels hold their value better, too, but unless you intend to cover enough miles to offset the extra outlay and the higher cost of diesel, a petrol model might be the cheaper option in the long-term.
The Qashqai starts at insurance group 13, working its way up to group 20, so premiums shouldn't be too bad.
Franchised dealer servicing costs are noticeably higher than for a Ford Focus or VW Golf, so you might want to consider finding a reliable independent garage to save yourself some money on maintenance.