Nissan Sunny Test Drive Review | MotorBeam & Indian Car Bike News & Reviews

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Nissan Sunny

Test Review

Car tested: 2011 Sunny XV

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. lakhs (XE), Rs. 8.00 (XL) 8.95 lakhs

The Sunny has been a best from Nissan globally and has more than 16 million till date in the international Launched in 1966 in Japan, the Sunny was christened after a campaign in Japan, wherein 8 participated. Currently in it#8217;s generation, the present generation Sunny was launched at the Guangzhou Show in China in December and has made way into India in 10 months time.

The Sunny be Nissan#8217;s second mass car in India, the first being the which was launched last Both these cars are on Nissan#8217;s #8216;V#8217; or Versatile We drive the all new Sunny in Chennai and out if it cuts the mustard.

Exteriors Though the Sunny shares the V platform with the Micra, the two are much different as far a looks go. sedans are nothing more a boot attached to their avatar, the Dzire is an appropriate but the Nissan Sunny has been to look more muscular and no angle resembles the Micra. It is longer and has a larger wheelbase as to its hatchback sibling.

The front is by chrome outlined grille muscular bumpers. The air dam has a large through which the horn and the are clearly visible. The front to me the most and certainly makes the car a segment higher than it is.

that the left side (as we at it) of the grille is blocked and thus the is more focused towards the This has been done to the airflow towards the air intake in the

From the side profile, the has a typical coupe resemblance to the sloping roofline. This a larger feel to the car while wide rear glass an airy feel. The paint deserves a special mention looks rich and premium. is using a special weight paint, which not only premium but also makes the car by 0.77 kgs.

Sharp lines running the sides add character to the design.

The thing which will come to your mind on the boot is the Swift Dzire. No, I am not that it looks bad, but a close resemblance due to the Dzire due to the lamps jutting out and the body inwards coupled with the boot relative to the tail Similar to the front, the rear follows the same trend looks bulgy and  Rear fog lamp is absent but have been incorporated in the

When Nissan had unveiled the I have to admit, I was not a big fan of the design but spent some time the car, I realized that it grows on you.

Interiors – bear a close resemblance to the after all the Sunny is based on the #8216;V#8217; platform and both share parts. Dashboard is similar too and Nissan has used quality plastics with fit and finish. Chunky chrome handles are picked out of the Micra as

Nissan officials compared it the Toyota Etios during the conference but I wonder why, in of interior quality, its a no brainer the Sunny is miles ahead of the

Two tone beigish grey are comfortable and give ample support, the backrest literally you tightly from the sides no area unsupported. However thigh support is strictly with ample knee at the front courtesy of rounded design. Two cup holders are place in the right in front of the gear

For the rear passengers the cup holders are with the rear central The front door pockets can fit in a one bottle and a couple of magazines

feels good to hold with the thumb rests (as I to call them). I would personally preferred a meatier

Distance between the steering and the stock is a little more normal and one has to really #8216;reach to use them. Take a while to get to and you are good.

Audio system supports Aux and CD. speakers have been (2 + 2) configuration. Sound quality is but the sound tends to crack up on volumes. Audio controls been provided on the steering for better accessibility.

USB support not Notice the Start/Stop button in the

Glove box is one of the smallest I have in a while. A small niche it is a handy place to keep etc

The top of the line XV variant gets retractable and electrically adjustable rear view mirrors.

unit has been picked out from the Micra again and it some time getting use to the design. Automatic Climate worked fairly well in the hot and Chennai weather. A few of my colleagues Mumbai were carrying around, just goes to how hot it was.

The rear seat a fan with two circular vents, you this is just fan whose is to circulate the air into the cabin and it pulls in air from the front and it behind. Fan speed can be toggles 1 and 2, however in the fastest fan speed (i.e. 2), I was unable to hear the in the front seat while at the back. It#8217;s a thoughtful for sure, and can be optimised by turning the vents towards the inlet of the vents.

Notice, that is no seat pocket behind the seat.

Instrument cluster of two large dials with the MID in the Chrome surrounds around the add a premium feel.

I will let the do the talking here. The seats good back support but largely in the under thigh department. In the first picture, the seat is in its rear most and I still have enough room to be comfortable. Headroom short with my hair the sloping roof line that#8217;s a sign that i a haircut). In the second picture, the seat is in the anterior most and I am sitting like a king my legs folded.

Keeping in that I am well over six in height, I was extremely comfortable the Best in Class legroom at my and it wont be surprising to see many buying the Sunny for its rear

Boot space is generous at and one can stow much more inside than what from the outside. The boot up inside as seen in the picture.

wheel is the same size as the tyre but is mounted on a steel as opposed to the alloy.

On the Move – major USP in the Micra was the iKey and button. This has been forward to the Sunny too. If you the key on you, just push the button the on door handle and tug on the it will open. You can also the boot via the ikey by holding the release button.

To start the dump the clutch and press the button and the car will start. We already covered it in detail reviewing the Micra, you can check it .

NVH levels are average on the Sunny. there is no wind noise into the cabin at high the tyre noise is apparent and gets obviously audible 3000 rpm. The hood not have any absorbent material to improve the NVH.

This be certainly done once the model rolls out.

A examination of the car and you will realize the built quality is much for a C segment car. Interior fit and was great and so was the paint quality. No or squeals of any nature at any speed.

We did uneven panel gaps on the of a few cars but we were told they are pre-production cars and the had been sorted out, our car was perfect in that respect.

Handling and Braking – Ride is … and it#8217;s pretty that Nissan has tuned up the for Indian road conditions. is on the stiffer side but having that, the Sunny is well over undulations on the road hardly anything seeping the cabin. I quite liked the quality, too soft tends to get but this felt apt.

The Sunny is confident around on the road. Steering is light at low ideal for city driving, but up nicely as you speed up with feedback to inspire confidence. Its the sharp corners which the extra steering correction but done that, the car points in the direction in almost all situations.

tyres (185/65/15) offer grip.

Nissan Sunny

Braking feel has a amount of play before the end up biting. Standing on the brakes 100 km/h, the Sunny stopped in one without any lateral movement. On the side, sudden braking can get with the brake play stopping distances difficult to in panic situations.

Abs, EBD and BA are across all variants.

Performance – by a 1.5 ltr 4 cylinder petrol engine, the churns out 99 PS at 6000 rpm and 134 Nm of at 4000 RPM. The engine all the way to just under 7000 Driveability is good but the engine to struggle once into speeds. Past 3000 the engine note gets  loud.

Gear ratios are and have been optimized for conditions, and its clearly noticeable you get behind the wheel. Gearbox is and you can actually feel the click of the slotting into place. officials say that they address the issue.

Driving in 5 from 40 kmph, the sunny an eternity to get to100. Overtaking on the requires frequent working the gears, drive in third on the highway and engine gives you a performance with some fun

The Sunny is not a scorcher but offers mid range and high end punch fair amount of power in the low end of the revmeter making it an ideal car which can also double as a contender for the highway. Though we did not get an to to a timed 0 #8211; 100 run, we the Sunny to cross the line 13.5 #8211; 14.5

The MID reading on the fuel efficiency was 9.2 which is astounding since we continuously driving around #8211; 5000 RPM. 12 kmpl is a practical figure one expect in the city. Hitting 100 is not much of a problem but if you want to go 130 kmph, then you need a open stretch of road as the starts running out of breath.

We hit a top speed of 145 kmph, but realistically that was with four on board and a boot full of In ideal conditions, this should be considerably better.

– The Sunny will be competing established cars in the market the City and Verna. Its pretty that Nissan had a price in mind when they optimizing the car for the Indian market. it has the best in class space and is the car to offer the iKey and push start in the segment barring the and also looks a segment with its muscular designing.

a global product, its offers quality and better safety than most in the competition and has road manners for a mid size The only kink in its armour in the fact that almost the competition comes with power trains and its only by year will the Sunny diesel in its fuel tank. localization of upto 90%, we the base variant to be priced the Rs. 6.5 lakhs mark.

In a few days we know but if Nissan hits a with the price, there is no why you would not buy the Sunny.

Quick With The Competition

1) Toyota #8211; The only reason why would want to buy the Toyota is for the space on offer, however the trumps the Etios fair and in this department. Quality of the is no match for the Nissan and the overall and handling of the Etios is nothing to about either. The Sunny the Nissan badge, however the doesn#8217;t justify the Toyota which it carries.

2) Ford Classic #8211; The Fiesta is a car and beats the Sunny in the performance The Fiesta handles way better the Sunny and the engine of the Fiesta can a smile on the face of the driver The Sunny has better space and has slightly better quality the Fiesta Classic.

Factor in the practicality of the Sunny and it as the ideal choice for the chauffeur

3) Maruti Suzuki SX4 #8211; The SX4 has the Maruti Suzuki service to boot while Nissan has a thin dealership network. the Sunny has better space and quality on offer, while the SX4 value to the buyers. The SX4 has started to dated and lacks the built which is present in the Sunny. wise there is little to from, between these

But the SX4 comes with an automatic as well, which many are looking for in a sedan these

4) Honda City #8211; The of the segment won#8217;t be much with the arrival of the Sunny. The City sells due to the badge, and performance it offers. The Sunny has space and is more practical but the has a better engine and the excellent

The City is the drivers choice, the Sunny is the car for rear bench Once the diesel Sunny out, the City will be worried.

5) Volkswagen Vento Performance wise, the Vento is good. The ride and handling is spot on, while the interior is a match for the Nissan#8217;s. Volkswagen#8217;s network is slightly bigger that of Nissan, but not by much. both cars are an excellent buy but the offers best in class and comfort.

Add to that, the cheaper of the Sunny and it outdoes the Vento better value.

6) Hyundai #8211; The base 1.4-liter petrol is a good alternative to the However, the base Verna equipment and the thrust which the engines are known for. Add to the soft ride quality and handling of the Verna, and the Sunny it on both. The Verna though so much better than the and quality of both cars is on

Again, just for the space, the is the car of choice in this segment.

* Quality

* Space

* Big car for small

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