What used Nissan Qashqai hatchback will I get for my budget?
The market for this second-generation Qashqai starts at about £7000, for which you’ll be able to buy an early 2014 diesel with around 100,000 miles on the clock. There are far fewer early petrol examples out there, so a 1.2 petrol starts at around £8000, but it will have covered half that distance.
Increasing your budget to £10,000 will buy you a 1.5 diesel that’s covered 40,000-50,000 miles or a sub-30,000-mile petrol from 2015. Spend between £12,000 and £15,000 and you'll have your choice of top-spec 2016 cars, while you'll need nearer £20,000 for a post-facelift model.
Nissan offered the Qashqai with a choice of front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The vast majority of buyers opt for the former, but if you do want the capability of all-wheel drive it means spending extra for the more powerful diesel engine in one of the higher trim levels. Expect to pay a premium of about £500 versus an equivalent front-wheel-drive Qashqai.
How much does it cost to run a Nissan Qashqai hatchback?
Opt for an early 1.5 diesel and you get great fuel economy – you should see at least 50mpg on average in daily use – as well as CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km, meaning there’s no road tax to pay. The post-facelift 1.5 diesel returns a claimed official 74.3mpg in certain trims, under the old NEDC tests, while the best performing petrol in later cars is the 1.3 140 with 53.2mpg and corresponding CO2 emissions of 121g/km
The old 1.6 diesel is almost as efficient in normal driving and costs just £30 per year to tax (£120 for the four-wheel-drive version), while the older petrol engines return 35-40mpg in regular driving and cost £120 (for the 1.2) or £140 (for the 1.6) to tax.
It’s worth remembering that if you buy a car registered after 1 April 2017, it will cost you £140 per year to tax, regardless of which engine you go for, because of changes in the road tax system.
With a minor service from Nissan costing £189 for a petrol Qashqai or £209 for a diesel one, it’s not the cheapest car in terms of servicing (which is required every 12 months), but this is largely offset by Nissan throwing in 12 months' European roadside assistance as part of the deal.