The Nissan Qashqai E-Power offers buyers the benefits of an electric car, without the hassle, Nissan said. But we totally disagree with that. An EV doesn’t use expensive gasoline, the Qashqai E-Power does.
What is known about the Nissan Qashqai E-Power?
There is nothing. For ordinary people, this is a normal Nissan Qashqai, as most of them drive in the Netherlands. However, a careful observer will notice a small badge on the right rear. E-Power, it says, partly in blue letters. And that color can only mean one thing: this Qashqai has ‘green’ electrical engineering on board.
Nissan indirectly calls the Qashqai E-Power an electric car, but it is not. Yes, it is always powered by an electric motor and has a battery on board, but it looks free by plugging and opening the charge. Ah, you think, when you see the cover over the rear wheel, you got it! No, that’s where the fuel tank filler hole is.
The Qashqai E-Power is an EV for people who aren’t ready to fiddle with cables, according to Nissan. Its battery is small – 2.1 kWh – and must always be on top of the gasoline engine, which drives the generator. You can compare the E-Power system a little with the Fisker Karma power train, which was equally popular in the Netherlands in 2011.
What’s so great about the Nissan Qashqai E-Power?
Have you ever driven a Toyota hybrid? Then you know that it switches almost seamlessly between electric drive and petrol engine, only you know the grinding sound of the power source that is kept at optimal speed (read: high) by the continuously variable transmission. It’s a strange and annoying feeling: you accelerate, but hear the sound every time.
In the Qashqai E-Power you don’t get that ‘nails on board’ feeling. Nissan engineers have sprayed a lot on sound deadening (you get sound deadening, you get sound, everyone gets sound!!!) and they designed a power train where the engine revs itself up with acceleration. They challenged us to listen by piercing our ears along the way to see if we could hear the power source being turned on. We almost couldn’t.
More tire noise comes into the cab than it does from the pulsing pistons. Qashqai E-Power is incredibly quiet, thanks to the active noise cancelling, and it makes you feel like you’re driving an electric car. Also because you always and everywhere at once have a maximum torque of 330 Nm under your right foot. The E-Power is currently the fastest Qashqai, with a 0 to 100 km/h time of 7.9 seconds.
A little strange is that ‘single pedaling’ is impossible. You can choose to stop again – then the deceleration is sudden – but the car does not come to a complete stop. This is different from the electric Nissan Leaf, which happens. Full electric driving is only possible to a limited extent in the Qashqai E-Power. Nissan estimates the range in EV Mode is about 2 to 3 kilometers.
Why doesn’t the model have a bigger battery? That adds weight, forcing the electric motor to work harder and the combustion engine to use more gasoline, Nissan says. We also recommend caravan tractors to fly the Qashqai E-Power. Yes, the serial 190 hp hybrid can pull a trailer, but unfortunately only up to a weight of 750 kg.
What could be better about the Nissan Qashqai E-Power?
Nissan continues to emphasize that the Qashqai E-Power is a mid-size car. A step towards EV for people who are still afraid of plugs, charging stations and empty batteries. But in the Netherlands we have the largest number of charging stations in Europe and the acceptance of electric vehicles seems to be going well. The day of the Qashqai E-Power’s raison d’être has passed!
Additionally, Nissan tells us that C-segment SUV buyers do 70 percent of their mileage in city or urban environments. Note: Qashqai E-Power is the best for the group. But we want to differentiate that. The Japanese SUV also uses gasoline in built-up areas. A plug-in hybrid does not. Unless you stick it faithfully to a charging station, of course.
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In that sense, the Qashqai E-Power is rather an alternative to a conventional hybrid, such as the Kia Sportage Hybrid or the Opel Grandland Hybrid. And yes, then it is just economical, or even more economical. Nissan offers as an official application WLTP 1 in 18.8. Nice, but not earth shattering. Although honesty forces us to say that during the introduction of the media we approached without any effort (1 in 18.2).
When will the Nissan Qashqai E-Power come and how much will it cost?
The first cars will be delivered to Nissan dealers in September. What? you like such a semi-electric crossover, then you have to pay at least 43,790 euros. That’s 8400 euros more than the entry-level Qashqai (mini hybrid with 140 hp) and that seems like a lot. But you can better compare the E-Power with the Qashqai Mild-Hybrid 158 Xtronic, which also costs 43,790 euros.
And what about the competition? Let’s make a selection. Hyundai offers the 180 hp Tucson 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid from 39,995. At Opel you can order the Opel Grandland 1.6 Turbo Hybrid for 43,849 euros, no less than 224 hp. Also available are the Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid with 230 hp (from 41,995 euros) or the Toyota RAV4 2.5 Hybrid with 218 hp (45,995 euros). Therefore, the Qashqai E-Power is in line with the competition in terms of price.
What do I think of the Nissan Qashqai E-Power?
Are you looking at a Nissan Qashqai and your budget is tight, then you should always go for E-Power. It drives like an electric car, it’s almost as quiet and ensures a pleasant experience. If you really want to stop as little as possible at the gas station, we recommend playing with plugs. The WLTP consumption of the plug-in hybrid makes no sense (1 in 113, why?), but you can probably drive more economically than with the Qashqai E-Power.
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