Nissan Qashqai e-Power test: gasoline electric

As consensual as a hybrid SUV may be nowadays, the one from the Japanese manufacturer is not so much. Technically speaking, at least.

Nissan likes to urge anyone willing to listen that its The Qashqai once again innovates by being able to move on electricity alone without needing to be recharged. In fact, to fill its new e-Power version with autonomy, the Japanese star doesn’t need to be connected to any terminal… but to a fuel pump.

It borders on green wash. And for good reason, no offense to the Yokohama company, in particular its marketing team, who would like us to believe this is a 100% electric proposition for their SUV, it is in fact a more banal hybrid engine.

Although, if Nissan allows itself to play with words so much, it’s because the synchronous machine is the only one driving the wheels. The ones on the front axle in this case. The very pleasant cocktail of smoothness and tone during take-off as well as high-speed relaunch is the perfect demonstration of this.

With its 190 hp and above all its 330 Nm available immediately, this Qashqai is not far from exhibiting the same mechanical approval as the Ariya tested during this same Swedish voyage, as well as autonomy. Bearing in mind, however, that the Scandinavian network, with its restrictive speed limits and its almost total absence of unevenness, is not the most restrictive.

That said, even when pushing the accelerator every now and then, this hybrid doesn’t give the impression of “grinding” as much as many of its brethren. The 1.5 turbo gasoline certainly increases in speed, but very gradually and without humming too much thanks to careful sound insulation.

In a way, this is fortunate, as, unlike the Honda e:HEV system heat engine, which is occasionally “attached” to the wheels, the Nissan block is therefore not at any time engaged with the engine transmission. gears. As far as he’s discreet. Its 158 hp and 250 Nm of torque are used only to generate electricity, transmitted to the small battery of less than 2 useful kWh, to the synchronous machine, or even to both at the same time, depending on the situation.

This 3-cylinder is more noticeable in terms of consumption. But always for good reasons. Your average appetite will not have reached 6 l/100 km on the on-board computer despite a lot of fast-paced round-trip travel in front of the lens for the purposes of this report.

Technologically speaking, this engine is also the centerpiece of this e-Power version multiplying the refinements: supercharging, dual injection (direct and indirect) and especially variable compression ratio (from 8:1 to 14:1) by continually changing the course of your pistons! The objective, to maintain a high level of performance, in case of strong demand or not, the highway in particular being the sin of the heart of many hybrids usually, because of an appetite ten times greater.

All the technical choices of this version unfortunately don’t feel so well. Such as the e-Pedal device which promotes regenerative braking and is intended to allow only the accelerator to be used for the benefit of driving comfort. But here, this mode well known to Leaf owners, no longer works below about 5 km/h. It doesn’t seem like much, but in the end, this makes braking to a stop more difficult to adjust. Unfortunately, the overall feeling of smoothness suffers so much.

The standard presence of 20” rims in this high end Tekna+ finish is also intriguing. If they go hand in hand with the multi-link rear axle rather than its more rudimentary semi-rigid counterpart, for the benefit of handling precision, those big wheels detract from the damping that struggles to properly brake them on bump.

Fortunately, it is possible to exchange them for 19” rims. But don’t expect to deduct them from the price, ranging from €38,200 to €46,000. Even when it’s not rechargeable, a hybrid SUV always costs a little more.

our verdict

This Qashqai must not be taken for what it is not; an electric SUV. But it is a successful hybrid.

We love

  • Driving pleasure almost worthy of electric
  • controlled consumption
  • High-end equipment

we love less

  • The price that can go up
  • Expendable 20″ rims
  • Delicate braking dosage

Nissan Qashqai e-Power Tekna+ datasheet

PURCHASE

  • Tested version: €46,000
  • From €38,200
  • Manufacturer’s average consumption/during the test (l/100 km): 5.3-5.4/5.9
  • COtwo/penalty: €119-123/0
  • Fiscal power: 8 hp
  • Country of manufacture: United Kingdom

range offered

  • Petrol from 140 to 158 hp, from €31,300 to €46,600
  • 190 hp hybrid, from €38,200 to €46,000

CONDUCT

  • Engine: transverse front, 3-cylinder turbo, direct and indirect injection, 12 valves, variable timing and compression ratio, stop & start, 1,497 cc3 + synchronous electric machine
  • Transmission: front-wheel drive, 1-speed automatic
  • Maximum power in rpm (hp): 190 to 4,500
  • Maximum torque in rpm (Nm): 330 to 0
  • Weight (kg): 1,685
  • Length.xwidth.xheight. (m): 4.43×1.84×1.63
  • Wheelbase (m): 2.67
  • Tank (l): 55
  • Maximum speed (km/h): 170
  • 0 to 100 km/h: 7”9
  • Standard tires: 235/45 R20
  • Test tires: Michelin Primacy 4

TO LIVE

  • Front/rear elbow width (cm): 149/145
  • Rear legroom (cm): 72
  • Chest in 5/2 (l): 504/1,582

RECOMMENDED OPTIONS

  • 19″ rims: €0
  • Temporary spare wheel: €150
  • Metallic paint: €850

MAIN COMPETITORS

  • Kia Sportage Hybrid, from €38,690
  • Ford Kuga Hybrid Flexifuel, from €40,200
  • Toyota Rav4, from €44,000

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