Nissan Sunny Review & Test Drive

By | July 18, 2018

Nissan Sunny Overview

Competition in the C-segment is as intense as ever. While most cars in this class were enjoying a small chunk of the large pie, Honda came and simply conquered the complete segment with their path breaking new City. Clearly, the City is the very best in this class and with the Japanese car boasting of as much space as the Sunny, Nissan’s one time best seller has seen a considerable decrease in demand. We have lived with the Nissan Sunny for a long time before and were quite impressed with the car, it’s a vehicle which has acres of space, frugal engines and a good ride quality. Now to bring back the slow selling Sunny in contention, Nissan has given it a facelift, re-positioning the car. Are the changes enough to put the Nissan Sunny back on the sales chart? We head all the way to Port Blair to find out. Check Nissan cars Price & Specifications at CarzPrice

Nissan Sunny Exterior

Everything about the Sunny is big. The headlamps were big and are same, just that they are much more curvy and well designed now. Nissan are calling this the new Boomerang headlamps. The grill is entire chrome with chrome strips. And a large Nissan badge in the centre. The bumper is huge and rises all the way above the grill and onto the bonnet. The bumper to houses a grill in the centre with fog lamps on either side and that too has chrome strips. I don’t think I have ever mentioned chrome so many times as here.

Looks like Nissan got a wholesaler. From the side as I have mentioned before the cabin area looks huge. The doors are large with large windows. They took Seagram’s line “Make It Large” a bit too literally. The mirrors now get side indicators. The silver alloys blend well with the chrome yet again on the door handles. The C-pillar appears like that on a notchback and even the boot has a large look to it. The tail lamp flows well from the rear panel to the bumper. And guess what? chrome yet again on the boot lid with the Nissan badge. The rear bumper has a nice fibre lip adding to the classy look. The new Nissan Sunny 2017 does stand out.Check Sunny On Road Price in Chennai

Nissan Sunny Interior

It is the area that has gone under the hammer the most and appears drastically changed from the outgoing model of Sunny. The grayish interior shade has gone for a toss in favor of a more appealing and premium shade. Chrome accents are being placed at essential points while the all new 3-spoke leather strapped steering wheel is a revelation. Furthermore, the music as well as bluetooth controls are mounted on the right side of the wheel, followed by the silver inserts make it further sporty. The centre console is being done in Piano Black finish with silver finish on the sides. Nearby, there are two cup-holders in order to keep small belongings. The front doors are designed in a manner to have bottle holders along with pockets for maps and notebooks. The top-end variant comprises of leather seats as well as leather covered gear knobs. The Sunny sedan is really admirable for the knee room even for the rear seats. There is plenty of space at the back which makes it a perfect wagon for long drives.

Nissan has loaded an array of comfort and convenience features to this Sunny sedan. It in-houses an automatic climate control air conditioner where you can adjust the temperature of the cabin as per your desire, irrespective of the outside temperature. There are circular A/C vents at the rear too for the sake of rear seat occupants and these vents are more precise when it comes to air adjustment rather than the traditional ones. Moreover, there is a rear adjustable centre arm-rest with cup-holders along with adjustable rear headrests for the much needed convenience and comfort to the rear seat passengers. As for the infotainment, the Sunny comes loaded with a 2 DIN Wide-display Audio System with AM/FM radio and CD player. It also features a large, colored, easy to read display screen regarding the information on audio and songs. There is also a provision of bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming through which one can one can listen its favorite tracks stored in mobile on the audio system. The company has left no stone unturned to lure the music lovers as it has also provided an AUX and USB slot, by virtue of which one can simply connect the iPod or MP3 player and enjoy. Additionally, as mentioned before, the volumes can also be adjusted via the steering wheel and phone calls can also be received.

Nissan Sunny Engine & Transmission

Nissan continues to use 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines to power the Sunny. The 1498cc, HR15 petrol mill outputs 99 PS of power and 134 Nm of torque (minuscule more output in the CVT), it’s paired to a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox. This motor offers the Sunny good drivability but NVH isn’t the best, more so post 4000 RPM. The tall gearing robs the Sunny of good performance post 120 km/hr and it can take quite the time to accelerate from low speeds in high gears. Still the Sunny is decently frugal, returning 9-10 km/l in city conditions. The gearbox is slightly notchy, although the clutch is light. With the CVT variant, the convenience is there but the rubber band effect is prominent at high revs.

The diesel engine on the Sunny is of course the more popular unit, it’s the 1.5-litre, k9k mill. Nissan has tweaked the ECU of the 85 PS of power, 200 Nm of torque motor resulting in an increase in mileage of 1 km/l (ARAI), but there is no boost in output, still the Sunny feels slightly more eager in the low-end. This is one of the best engines in its class, while down on power compared to most of its rivals, this powerplant has more than enough pep for both city and highway duties. Turbo-lag is almost non-existent and the Sunny is always eager to pull, be it stop-go traffic or highway cruising. The 5-speed gearbox offers decent shifts and the clutch is well weighed too. One can expect a mileage of more than 15 km/l (in the city) from this car, which is very impressive indeed.

Nissan Sunny Performance and Handling

This is clearly a car for the laid back rear seats. But the well performing petrol and diesel engines request to be driven at least sometimes. Now you can not push this car along corners, because even though the steering is precise and has a light feel yet adequate feedback, the long body make the car fishtail. The suspension is soft and very well made for our Indian roads. No matter how may the ditch or undulations this car seems to dampen them very well. There is no shock or effect that filters through the seats. The NVH levels are also very low. These are clearly features of something you would find in cars way above 15 lakhs.

Nissan Sunny Braking and Safety

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.

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

Nissan Sunny Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 6,97,320/- (Sunny XE Petrol) to 9,50,497/- (Sunny XV Diesel). Get best offers for Nissan Sunny from Nissan Dealers in India

Nissan Sunny Bottomline

The Nissan Sunny was a hot-seller but new rivals have come and dented sales of what the company likes to call a caaaaaaaaar. Still, the Sunny has a lot of potential as Nissan is very clear and focussed on whom it’s targeting with the car. Nissan is wooing the chauffeur driven and in that regard, the Sunny is still difficult to beat. While other cars in the segment are offering a lot of features, none offer this level of comfort at this price point. With fresher looks and a new positioning, the new Nissan Sunny is sure back into contention.

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