Nissan Sunny Petrol Review and Test Drive

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Nissan Sunny

Petrol and Test Drive


So it is, at last: Nissan’s second product, the new Sunny sedan. The new Sunny is global car, and be sold in 170 countries around the Indian production will be to the Middle East, Africa and There’s a lot you’ve read it already, including the fact it’s based on Nissan’s which also underpins the

What it isn’t, is a tacky hatch with a boot, but an proper sedan instead. For the car comes with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a five-speed gearbox. Nissan says the new is aimed squarely at the mid-size straddling the segment from the Etios at one end and the Hyundai Verna at the

Design Engineering

The new Nissan doesn’t break any new ground as far as its are concerned. It’s a sober, slightly boring design, errs on the side of caution. The big and wide slatted grille at its bigger Teana sibling, is nice in a way. Similarly, the tail lamps too mirror the somewhat. The Sunny sports a mm wheelbase, 150 mm more than the and by far the biggest in this class.

characteristic, along with the interior, makes for class-leading space.

The new Nissan Sunnysuspension comprises conventional struts at front with a beam rear axle. is par for the course, but Nissan keenly out that the suspension has been for Indian road conditions, means a raised ride and longer suspension travel, different spring and damper

The engine which powers the is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol, HR15DE. The engine is assembled in although the gearbox is fully Of the rest of the car, upto 90 % of the and chassis has been localised, and Motor India Private is working hard to increase the content in the powertrain as well.

development team has reduced the of parts by rationalising components to lower weight and reduce and this has been aggressively upon with both the and Sunny. As a result, the Sunny tips the scales at well a tonne for the base XE variant.

The quality is good too, and the doors might not open and with a thunk, I’ve year-old Micras which been flogged and still together well, with few or rattles. By that yardstick, the should hold together too.

Interiors Comfort

inside the Sunny, and if you’re with the Micra, then find a lot of similarities in the Sunny as notably the centre console and the ahead of the front passenger. The ‘greige’ (grey + beige) theme is carried over the Micra too. I wasn’t on it then, and it still hasn’t on me, but the fact remains is it’s easy to clean and wears

The front seats are supremely with perfectly contoured When you corner hard, you wish you had a little more support, but then this car meant for that. It’s for long highway cruises.

The boasts amazing legroom. the driver’s seat adjusted to my frame, a 6’4” passenger was at the rear. Headroom for tall is slightly compromised by the sloping however.

Also, under-thigh at the rear isn’t as good as the seats’.

The Sunny is available in variants XE, XL and XV. The top-of-the-line XV I drove of keyless entry with start, trip computer, music system with mounted audio controls, control and electrically adjustable and ORVMs. The audio system not have USB or Bluetooth connectivity, but says it is evaluating customer on the same, and ideally they look at including these as well.

Ergonomically, there are one or two where Nissan’s engineers have given a little thought. The buttons for the mirror are small and fiddly, tucked behind the steering column the driver’s knees. This them difficult to use while on the Also, the button for the trip is located in the middle of the instrument which requires you to put one hand the steering wheel to cycle the read-outs.

A more conveniently placed at the end of one of the control stalks would been far more comfortable.

In storage is limited to a rather glovebox at the front, and slim pockets. At the rear, the only space available is a single in the front passenger seat The Sunny#39;s rear seat have a flip down arm with cup-holders though, adds to comfort provided are only two rear passengers.

The cabin means that three abreast at the rear be possible in reasonable comfort.

has come up with an unique solution to improve cooling in the of the cabin. A simple blower two stacked vents recirculates the air coming out of the AC vents in front. The for the rear blower is between the seats. This is a simple yet way of improving circulation in the rear of the

It worked quite well in the of Chennai.

The new Sunny rides well, but sharp-edged ruts are in the cabin. It settles down well at speed though, and sitting tall on its suspension, not feel floaty, which is a thing.

Engine refinement is good, but if there’s a complaint, with the gearbox, with an whine which detracts the Sunny’s overall refinement. You sense a slight bit of wind around the A-pillar as well as the rise.

Nissan Sunny

Performance Handling

Now that gotten an idea of what it like and how it feels on the inside, how good is the new Nissan Sunny to In one word easy. This car has a smooth engine and light and the other controls, including the and gear lever are light to

The gearbox though feels notchy in its shift action, and rubbery through the gate, is disappointing. The gear lever not like to be hurried through the but its saving grace is that it positively, and I didn’t experience any even while giving it the

The engine is rated at 99 PS @ 6000 and 134 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. both these figures on the higher side of the Sunny’s rev the engine picks up effortlessly at low rpms. Drivability is very and the light controls mean the will be easy to drive in and go city traffic.

On the highway, the cruises comfortably with a complement of passengers, but you do feel a lack of urge for quick which requires you to downshift if you to make a quick pass. no point is revving this too much either, as it gets beyond 5000 rpm. up at around 4500 rpm is the best way to this car briskly.

The steering weighs up well as rise, but don’t expect the level of feedback as you would in say a Fiesta. However, I found the better than in many sedans, the new Hyundai Verna and Etios included. The East Road we drove on has no corners to of, but there are plenty of staggered

These make for convenient courses, and the Sunny was surprisingly through them. You can sense the of the car easily, and if you get a bit too adventurous, you’ll find the tail getting twitchy, with a hint of from the tyres. Personally, I a car which communicates the limits on, which makes it more

The new Nissan Sunny gets ABS EBD as standard across all three with a combination of front and rear drums. Stopping is adequate, but I wish the brakes had more feel, which help in better brake

Fuel Efficiency

We didn’t the opportunity to do a full road of the new Nissan Sunny, but if the trip is anything to go by, then this car put a smile on your face. the numerous stops for photography, the engine running and the air-conditioner on, and passengers on board at all times, the trip computer registered kpl.

I’m sure if it were a highway cruise, the new Sunny manage much more.

has ratified the new Nissan Sunnyfuel efficiency figure at kpl overall. How this will in real world terms be clear only after a road test, but with its gearing and optimised engine the Sunny should be more competent


As with any global product today, the Sunny has been optimised for the stringent crash tests in America and Japan. Nissan has also chosen to equip the base version of the Sunny ABS+EBD and a driver’s side Such an approach has to be commended, other car-makers have guilty of keeping safety among their priorities.

ABS a long way in preventing accidents, on our typical roads which are wet or gravel strewn. In such compounded by an utter lack of sense of the majority of road ABS can prevent many accidents, and that, reduce the chances of and fatalities. Full five to the Sunny here

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