If you’re looking for a car that can help you keep your car leasing or contract hire costs down, the new Nissan Qashqai could be the answer. The Japanese manufacturer has highlighted the significantly reduced running costs of its second generation Qashqai, launched in early 2014, and the benefits it can bring to both private and business customers.
The new Qashqai has already won the What Car? Car of the Year award for 2014 and is set to be one of the UK’s top ten selling cars this year. Keep reading to find out more.
Low emissions and low tax make this model attractive to car lease customers
According to Nissan, the new Qashqai has been ‘redesigned from the ground up’. The new cabin offers more space, higher quality materials and greater practicality, while premium technologies take occupant protection to a new level.
However, while the new car is better in many ways, it’s also proving to be popular with contract hire and car leasing customers thanks to its reduced costs of ownership.
The new 1.5 dCi Qashqai’s CO2 low emissions are just 99g/km, meaning it falls into one of the lowest company car tax bands of just 14 per cent Benefit in Kind for the 2013/2014 financial year and costs nothing in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).
The 1.5dCi Acenta Premium model is expected to be the most popular with business and fleet leasing customers and this model will see a 20 per cent tax payer pay just £53 tax per month, while those on the 40 per cent rate will pay £106.
New Qashqai also cheaper to service and will have a higher residual value
Nissan says that as well as this low monthly tax, the next generation Qashqai will cost less to service and be worth more after a typical three year lease period too.
A reduction in parts costs and labour hours required means the new 1.5 dCi Acenta Premium will enjoy a 20 per cent fall in servicing costs across 36 months/30,000 miles compared to the existing 1.5 dCi Acenta.
This reduction in total cost of ownership is further enhanced with the news that the new Nissan Qashqai will retain 50 per cent of its value after three years/30,000 miles – a 10 per cent improvement on its predecessor – according to residual value setters CAP. This means that it should be cheaper to drive under a contract hire or car lease agreement due to its lower depreciation.
Safety first as Nissan includes a range of technology
The new Qashqai also brings added peace of mind for drivers and fleet managers thanks to the introduction of an array of safety technology.
The range-topping Tekna model has Safety Shield as standard, which includes advanced technology such as Front Collision Avoidance, Driver Attention Support, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection and Auto Hi-Lo Beam.
The Visia and Acenta models benefit from the optional Smart Vision Pack, which comes with Front Collision Avoidance, Lane Departure Warning, front and rear parking sensors and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Barry Beeston, Nissan GB corporate sales director, said: “Prospective company car drivers can look forward to huge savings thanks to the low Benefit in Kind on the new Qashqai and environmental peace of mind with the ultra-low emissions.
“With the extra safety features and lower SMR costs, businesses can be assured their employees will be at the wheel of one of the safest and most reliable cars on sale in 2014.”