Nissan Sunny Review & First Drive

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Nissan Sunny Overview

Nissan marked its entry into the Indian mid-size sedan segment with the launch of the Sunny. The car arrived in our country in its tenth-generation and apart from rivalling the likes of the Hyundai Verna and Honda City, it is a larger alternative to compact sedans like the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Tata Zest. Here’s a look at what the Nissan Sunny offers and who should consider buying one.

It is still one of the most spacious cars for the price but Nissan needs to give it a major upgrade now as the competition has raised the goalpost in the last few years.

Nissan Sunny Exterior & Style

The Nissan Sunny is quite distinguished from its predecessor in terms of exterior appearance, owing to the brand new Teana inspired ‘Boomerang’ follow-me-home headlamps that are placed well inside the restyled front bumper. The slightly V-shaped front grille too gains more dominance this time around and hold the company logo at the centre. Beneath the headlamps, the Sunny flaunts an all new pair of fog lamps with loads of chrome surrounding. In all, the front fascia is, undeniably, more premium and up-market than before. Going to the sideways, there are the sleek as well as aerodynamic side mirrors with integrated turn indicators. The flared wheel arches have been blessed with 15″ 12-spoke alloy wheels; a distinctive Y-spoke design. Coming to the rear end of the vehicle, the first thing that would catch your attention is the newly designed and enhanced rear bumper. View Nissan Sunny offers in Chennai.

The company has integrated the all new tail lamp cluster considerably well which further compliments the sportiness of the rear portion. There are also chrome touches at the rear just above the number plate which transform the sedan into a much premium territory. Furthermore, there is a black ‘splitter’ which has been used to break up the large 490-litre of boot. Also, there is a short antenna which has moved back from the front just to compliment the overall appearance of the sedan and raise the ambiance. Nissan Sunny is being offered with as many as six vibrant colors – Nightshade, Pearl White, Deep Gray, Onyx Black, Bronze Grey, and Blade Silver.

Nissan Sunny Interior & Space

If there is something that speaks ‘volumes’ about the Sunny, it has to be its interiors. The amount of space it offers is simply impressive. The equipment list on the new version has been bumped up and one can see similar changes as seen on the new Micra with the piano finished console.First thing that is strikingly different is the steering wheel. The steering wheel which has been carried from the flagship luxury sedan Teana feels feature rich. It might look like a small addition but then if feels nice and premium. The instrumental cluster remains same as it displays the essentials of real time driving condition.

The central console has been revised. The AC vents have become smarter than earlier with new design. Smooth piano finished console has substituted the otherwise drab looking design and it looks refined now. It also gets a new shade on the dashboard plastic and a USB plug in option situated in the intermittent recess above the glove box. We only wish that Nissan had offered beige coloured trims which would have contrasted the ebony central console in a very stylish manner.

Apart from the revised console, there are no drastic changes in the Sunny. The leather clad seats appear decent. Very few cars in the segment feel as comfortable as the Sunny and the room offered inside the cabin is simply mind blowing. Even though it is perceived as an entry level sedan but then the space does not only make it feel roomier than its rival models but also feels better than upper segment cars which is truly amazing.

Nissan Sunny Engine & Gearbox

Mechanically, the 2014 Sunny retains all its technical aspects from the earlier model. However Nissan has worked on the ECU of the diesel engine by remapping it to deliver improved fuel efficiency. Even the in cabin noise insulation has been tweaked. The 1461cc diesel engine produces 86PS of power at 3750 rpm and a torque of 200Nm at 2000 rpm. It comes in a 5 speed manual transmission only.For our review drive, we chose the naturally aspirated 1498cc petrol engine. It produces 101 PS of power at 5600 rpm and a torque of 134Nm at 4000 rpm. The CVT transmission equipped variant produces more power than its manual counterpart.

Nissan has always had the knack of choosing different locations compared to other auto manufacturers. This time they were brave enough to choose the island of Andaman. We say ‘Brave’ because it is not an easy task to ferry media cars to such a location and coordinate everything. We drove the XL CVT variant. Being a petrol car, the engine is hardly audible unless the rev needle goes really high. With a gentle foot on the accelerator, the car is quick to catch some momentum. The CVT is for the ones who seek a convenient car without the hassles of changing gear and the Sunny CVT is simply perfect for them. The CVT unit is smooth and is far superior to a conventional box.

Andaman has good roads but then route we chose had lots of rough sections and busy intersections. In fact some of the locations that we chose to click images made us drive through dense jungle areas. The ground clearance is such that we did not scrape anywhere and the suspensions took all the battering with great ease. Even when being driven at higher speeds on such roads, the cabin felt surprisingly comfortable. The cabin is properly insulated to let any after effects of undulations penetrate inside.

It is not an enthusiast’s car and clearly Nissan doesn’t claim the same. The shortcomings of the CVT are felt if you get on the pedal hard. The engine gets really loud before catching up speed but the same is not felt if you let the engine gradually generate its power ratings. Apart from this if Nissan can improve the steering response of the Sunny; it can really do wonders as the one present feels a bit vague without any level of precision. It gets highlighted while driving at higher speeds and especially around corners. To know more info on Nissan Sunny visit Seepennywork

Nissan Sunny Ride & Handling

The Nissan Sunny flaunts an all new 3-spoke leather strapped tilt electric power steering wheel. It is quite light in maneuvering the sedan across the narrow streets and the sedan too responds almost instantly and precisely to the driver’s directions. The tilt steering wheel further facilitates the driver to adjust the steering position according to his/her comfort and convenience.

Although, despite all this, the handling is just okayish. There is also a first-grade suspension system with Mcpherson Strut as front suspension while the rear one is Torsion Bar in the Sunny sedan. The manual transmission and the automatic transmission of petrol variants of Sunny touch the 100 kmph barrier from standstill in a mere 12.7 seconds and 12.1 seconds, respectively with a common top speed of 175 kmph. The diesel variant crosses the same barrier in a time frame of around 14-15 seconds with a top speed around 160 – 180 kmph.

Nissan Sunny Safety & Security

Nissan always has taken care of this aspect cautiously and subsequently it has returned rich dividends to the company. In Sunny sedan, it has incorporated disc as front brakes while the rear braking system is drum. This primary braking system is complimented extremely well by the trio of Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) in each and every variant of this sedan. Also, driver airbag is a standard safety feature across all the variants. The top-end trim XV D features front fog lamps which are quite helpful during inclement weather. It also has the front passenger airbag while the paid optional trim XV D (safety) comes with additional side airbags for the front seat occupants. Check car loan for Nissan Sunny at Fincarz.

There are also several alert systems included in the sedan such as low fuel level warning, door ajar warning, speed sensing auto door lock, headlight on warning lamp etc. to aware the driver of the tricky circumstances ahead. The company has also installed a heap of security features to encounter the thieves and lock-pickers. Nissan Sunny comes with Immobilizer, Central Door Lock, Key Remove Warning Lamp etc. as standard security features across all the variants. Additionally, the mid-level and top-end variants feature Anti-theft Device with Alarm and Seat Belt Warning Lamps as extra security features to keep you car protected from goons as well as bullies.

Nissan Sunny Price in Chennai

Nissan Sunny On Road Price is 8,15,847/- and Ex-showroom Price is 6,99,000/- in Chennai. Nissan Sunny comes in 6 colours, namely Night Shade,Blade Silver,Bronze Grey,Sandstone Brown,Onyx Black,Deep Grey. Nissan Sunny comes with FWD with 1498 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 98 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 134 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Nissan Sunny comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Nissan Sunny Verdict

The new changes make the Sunny feel premium. It is expected to be priced very close to the existing versions as the number of changes is not much. All the features collectively make it feel good. Also, the spacious cabin with a super generous legroom makes it a deal for the chauffer driven.

Nissan products have not suffered because of poor workmanship but the sad after sales experience made the company loose many prospective clients to competition. The company has resorted to strict measures to change this scenario. After taking reigns from Hoover Auto, the distribution network has been completely revamped. The company has plans of increasing its hold in the country with an aggressive dealership expansion plan. This will help Nissan India regain lost confidence.

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