2005 Nissan Almera Tino review

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During the mid ’90s when I was in Newcastle the football team an enigmatic Columbian named Asprilla. Unpredictable, full of flare and genius, Asprilla some fabulous goals and off outrageous tricks in front of a St James’s Park every Now I can see you’re baffled by what this has to do with the Nissan you see in of you, but look at the number

It’s the same name the Geordie faithful chanted week: Tiii-noh. The Almera put a smile on my face the minute I saw number plate; what an way of getting motoring journalists

Unfortunately, as far as its looks are concerned the has been hamstrung with the of the Almera hatch. It is not offensive, but and oh-so-dull. Recent indications as the Qashqai concept car indicate Nissan is going to put an end to its current of styling. In terms of kerb and showroom window shoppers change can’t come enough.

However, at the end of the day this is an MPV and as such are not the most important aspect of the not many of its rivals are particularly either.

Inside, the Tino is airy and spacious with of headroom and a big glass sunroof. To a the Tino’s interior will positively cavernous and the roominess prove a real boon to lifting children in and out of baby In our time with the Tino it four generously proportioned in comfort and the large boot swallow pushchairs or pushbikes, on your needs, thanks to the of seating arrangements offered by the interior.

Also clever is the utilisation of every nook and cranny to storage space and cubbies. are no doubt a real boon you have several kids and sundries on board. My only was the netted door pockets were a nuisance to use on the move you already had something in the net.

The level of equipment is impressive: a colour multi-function display, control, CD player, leather and electrics are all standard on this SVE and the Tino undercuts rivals by Ј2k on a spec for spec basis. One we didn’t like about the was that it had, and I believe I correctly, seven shades of some colour wouldn’t go

From the comfortable driving the base of the steeply raked seems a mile away and can positioning the car in confined spaces a tricky. This aside the car is to drive and the wheel, pedals and controls are placed nicely. The dominates the driving experience.

The DCi unit has gobs of torque comes in nice and low in the rev range and is all the way through. Disappointingly, the source of flexible urge, the VGT (Variable Turbine) turbo, is also to for its Achilles’ heel. The turbo is intrusive; I’d be willing to put down as a one off if we hadn’t noted it in the and Almera hatch fitted the same engine.

So, strong but weak engine refinement.

is directly proportional to how much you yourself in the grunt. Revving it and onto the low gears we struggled to the claimed urban figure of on average. Short shifting the slick action six-speed box in an minded fashion saw an indicated a more family friendly

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The Tino rides quite and is equally unruffled on country or smooth motorway. The big alloys may detract slightly from the due to the less forgiving low tyre but they yield welcome in terms of aesthetics. The other is the level of grip allowing you to some real B-road fun in the MPV you’re travelling unaccompanied.

roll is well contained and a and reliable set of stoppers encourages you to a giggle and forget the responsibilities of hood for a while now and again.

The Tino lacks any groundbreaking but its most user-friendly feature is the aid, a camera no less, shows a picture of what immediately behind the car, may not be obviously useful, but try filling the of the car with three adults or a load that obscures view and it really comes its own. It makes parking the a much easier task it otherwise could be and is a really addition.

I find Nissan’s function centre console intuitive; combining air con, trip computer and satnav in one can be tricky, but the Tino’s system really well. Once mastered using the steering controls for making little cuts the system becomes nature.

My time with the ended with me taking its virtues for granted. It is a genuinely family wagon with load capability, making it a MPV. However it didn’t special or unique.

Unlike its namesake T111 NOH any flair or invention and proved to be more of a journey man than an member of the team. It does the job and will no doubt prove to be and painless to run and own but it doesn’t appeal in the way as the Focus C-Max and VW Touran .

Jenkins – 10 May 2005

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