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Almost perfect, one flaw!  Six months of Nissan Qashqai E-Power

Almost perfect, one flaw! Six months of Nissan Qashqai E-Power

Do we regret bringing back the Nissan Qashqai E-Power after six months? Yes, because with its space, ease of use and comfort, the semi-electric crossover has made our daily lives more enjoyable. However, we still have one question: Why this driving force?

It’s a question Nissan has been trying to answer for over a year now. Nissan Qashqai E-Power is designed for people who are not yet ready for fully electric driving, but would like to enjoy its benefits.

Nissan Qashqai E-Power with smooth acceleration

Think of the car’s low noise level on board, smooth acceleration and maximum torque available from a standstill. In a sequential hybrid, you don’t suffer from range anxiety and the stress of a charging station, that’s the idea. And that’s right.

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Electric powertrain with range extender

What’s holding you back, however, is the disappointing fuel economy. In the Nissan Qashqai e-Power, a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with variable compression acts as a generator.

(photo: Autovision)

It spins in the rear as you drive and supplies power to a small 1.97kWh battery, which in turn powers a 190hp electric motor on the front axle. You might think it doesn’t need a lot of petrol for that, but it’s actually something else.

Gasoline consumption Nissan Qashqai E-Power

The Nissan Qashqai E-Power’s on-board computer communicates an average consumption of 1 to 15.7 after six months and approximately 6,700 kilometers. A little disappointing, but certainly not bad, even if it is much lower than the official statement of 1 to 18.8.

Nissan Qashqai E-Power
(photo: Autovision)

But we also tracked consumption ourselves, via a mobile app with which we recorded liters of petrol and associated miles, and the result was 1 in 15.2. Again, this is fine, but our experience with Similar Toyota hybrid better scores.

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For the same price you have an electric SUV

And as an alternative to an electric car, the Qashqai doesn’t come into its own either. At least not in the Netherlands, where we have the best charging network in Europe and electric vehicle driving is already well established.

Nissan Qashqai E-Power
(photo: Autovision)

The choice seems quick here, especially since you also have an electric crossover or SUV of the same size starting at the E-Power (45,340 euros).

  • Everyone is a friend with a clear process
  • Refined E-Power transmission
  • Lots of comfort and enough space
  • Anxiety in the structure
  • Fuel economy is somewhat disappointing
  • Electric SUVs are around the same price

We wouldn’t mind spending several months and thousands of miles on a Qashqai. He does his job perfectly and makes few mistakes. Unfortunately, you’re not only paying at the dealership for the super fun E-Power powertrain, but also at the pump.

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