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- Average score for the 1.6:
7.5based on 2 expert reviews
The Nissan Qashqai 1.6 reviews are slightly mixed. This new version of the 1.6 was launched in early 2011, it has slightly more power than the old version, is more efficient and has start/stop as an option (£200).
This model makes up a substantial chunk of Qashqai sales, so it’s surprising that opinions seem to clash over the entry level petrol model. Both critics appear to be fond of the fact it’s cheap to buy and relatively affordable to run, but they don’t seem to agree that it’s an engine they can recommend to the general public.
There aren’t many complaints regarding its refinement and efficiency – it may only have five forward speeds, but both critics reckon it’s fairly settled on motorway journeys, and the economy isn’t too bad for a petrol powered crossover, with claims of 47 mpg.
Praise was also given to the optional stop/start system, which seems to work extremely well and helps reduce CO2 emissions, and the amount of tax you have to pay, to 139g/km and £110 respectively.
The engine’s downsides came with its slightly weedy amount of power – it has to be worked fairly hard in order to make decent progress. Not only that, but the 1.5 diesel model is on sale for similar amounts of money but is noticeably cheaper to run. The 1.6 petrol does have its merits, but we reckon you should look at the other engines on offer as well.
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While the Qashqai range remains an extremely competitive proposition overall, this engine would not be our default choice.
- | Mark Tisshaw
- | 15/01/2011
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The 1.6 accounts for more than 40 per cent of Qashqai sales, and while it doesn’t have the punch of a turbo, it’s responsive.
- | Tom Phillips
- | Jan-11