How Accurate is the Fuel Consumption Rate on Your Nissan Qashqai?
One of the most attractive features of the Nissan Qashqai is that it is not only a fantastic looking vehicle, but it also offers modest fuel consumption. With petrol models rated as 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres and the diesel offering 4.9 litres, drivers can be assured that they won’t spend most of their time at the pump. However, you may not be aware of how accurate fuel consumption rates are and how it is actually measured.
How Fuel Consumption is Measured:
Both locally and in European countries fuel consumption is measured as L/100 kilometres. This refers to how many litres the vehicle will use to cover 100 kilometres. This differs from the U.S and the U.K and some other countries which use miles per gallon or MPG. This means that in the case of the petrol variant Qashqai, it would take 6.9 litres to travel 100 kilometres. This provides a fantastic indicator of the running costs of your potential new vehicle.
Fuel Economy Testing:
Since 2009, it is mandated that all vehicles carry not only a fuel consumption sticker but also one denoting CO2. This is usually a colourful sticker placed on the windscreen, which shows the claimed fuel consumption for Combined, Urban, and Extra Urban testing. The CO2 measurement is also detailed per kilometre.
Under ADR 81/02, it is mandated that all manufacturers must submit the fuel consumption rates for their vehicles. This dictates the parametres such as laboratory conditions for the testing to ensure that all claims for vehicles sold in Australia can be comparable.
The ADR 81/02 testing involves a twenty minute cycle split into two phases. The first ten minutes is the Urban cycle with peak speeds of 19 km/hr with idle periods and frequent stops and starts. This is designed to emulate conditions on the road. The second phase is the Extra Urban Cycle and involves average acceleration speeds of 63 km/hr, peaking at 120 km/hr for only eleven seconds. Once these two figures are calculated, they are combined to produce a combined average and the average CO2 emissions.
All this means is that even if the figures are not entirely accurate in real world conditions, you can use them to compare other vehicles you are considering buying. This will allow you to see just how great the Qashqai is among the other models in the segment.
If you are looking to buy a Nissan Qashqai, Perth drivers should speak to us. At Perth City Nissan, we have an unrivalled choice of new and quality pre owned Nissan models including the new Nissan Qashqai for sale. Our sales team is also on hand to answer any queries or questions you may have.