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Nissan Sunny - Introduction

Three years after it was launched, Nissan has revamped the Sunny. While the most obvious changes are to the exterior styling and interior appointments, it has numerous changes which are more than skin deep. We get behind the wheel in Port Blair to bring you this in-depth road test of the new Nissan Sunny.

Nissan Sunny - Design & Engineering

 

new nissan sunny design

A lot of real estate for your money. "Y-spoke" alloy wheels are new.

 

Indians love chrome. The new Nissan Sunny is more ‘chrome-y’ as a result (a word coined by Nissan India, not me). You can’t miss the huge chrome grille, the chrome lashings on lower bumper near the fog lamps, the chrome door handles and the chrome door pulls on the inside.

The larger, more angular headlamps now look more like the Teana’s, and the roof aerial has been moved from the front to the rear. There are new 15-inch alloy wheels as well, to complete the look. Certainly, the new Sunny draws a second look.

 

sunny design details

 

Nissan has tweaked the suspension too, and added more sound deadening material as well, to make the ride quieter, and improve the NVH levels overall. As a result, the new Sunny is incrementally better in most aspects.

The Sunny retains the same two powerplants, which include the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. Petrol customers have the option of a CVT gearbox, whereas diesel buyers have to make do with a manual gearbox only.

 

Nissan Sunny - Interiors & Comfort

 

new sunny interior

 

Nissan’s marketing department conducted customer clinics around the country, and another recurring demand was for leather seats; not just leather seat covers, but properly sewn leather upholstery. And so, Nissan now offers leather seats on the XV and XL CVT variants.

The dashboard has been spruced up too, with the new centre console borrowed from the new Micra hatch, including the piano black trim. The dashboard has been reshaped in some areas, to make it look less rounded, with a few flatter surfaces intended to give it more dynamism. A new, stylish steering wheel with steering-mounted audio and phone controls has been incorporated too. Unlike the earlier iteration of the Sunny, which had neither USB connectivity nor Bluetooth, Nissan has chosen not to leave anything out.

 

sunny rear seat

Sunny boasts segment-busting rear seat comfort.

 

This car completely dominates its segment when it comes to interior room; so much so, that Nissan engineers proudly proclaim it has as much interior room as a BMW 5 Series. Leg room and head room are truly class-leading, and the revised rear seat makes it the best mid-size sedan to be chauffeured in. The seat cushioning feels a touch firmer than before, and the seat squab itself is half an inch longer to afford better under-thigh support. 

 

Nissan Sunny - Performance & Handling

 

sunny performance

Performance is adequate, if unexciting. There are no flaws in the Sunny's driving character, but little to excite either.

 

The Sunny has been spruced up inside and out, and the suspension has been tweaked too, but this still remains a sedate and competent car to drive. It isn’t for those customers looking to have fun in corners. Grip levels are adequate, and the Sunny communicates the limits early. Light steering and soft suspension mean it is an effortless car to drive in traffic, but on an open road, especially the twisty, winding variety we encountered in and around Port Blair, it has little to offer the driver. However, if your commute is mostly in an urban sprawl, this is perhaps one of the least trying cars to drive, especially the CVT.

The petrol engine and CVT combo is perfect for city driving. The good low-rpm response from the engine and the electronically synchronized transmission make light work of stop and go traffic.

The diesel Sunny is the car to go for if you commute long distances, and travel between cities often. Nissan engineers have recalibrated the ECU, and the benefit of this exercise is better drivability and better fuel economy. Again, this is not the most powerful engine in this class, and it does not have the explosive edge the Verna 1.6 CRDi offers, for example, but it pulls well, and more importantly, has very little lag.

One criticism of the new Sunny is its braking; the feel through the pedal is decidedly wooden, and the brakes felt grabby too.

 

Nissan Sunny - Fuel Efficiency

 

nissan sunny diesel mileage

Renault-sourced diesel has been tweaked for better mileage and drivability.

 

One area where the Sunny scores is its fuel efficiency. The light weight and moderately powerful engines mean that the Sunny is not particularly thirsty. Nissan India claims the diesel Sunny manages 22 km/l in test conditions and the petrol CVT is close to 18 km/l. Of course, real world figures are lower, but oour experience has been that the Sunny really is among the most fuel efficient mid-size sedans in the country.

 

Nissan Sunny - Safety

 

nissan sunny safety

Nissan hasn't cut any corners when it comes to equipping the Sunny with safety tech.

 

One area where the Sunny scores is its fuel efficiency. The light weight and moderately powerful engines mean that the Sunny is not particularly thirsty. Nissan India claims the diesel Sunny manages 22 km/l in test conditions and the petrol CVT is close to 18 km/l. Of course, real world figures are lower, but oour experience has been that the Sunny really is among the most fuel efficient mid-size sedans in the country.

 

Nissan Sunny - Verdict

 

new nissan sunny road test verdict

A solid and dependable all-rounder is what the new Sunny is.

 

Nissan did initially taste success with the Sunny, when it first launched the car over 3 years ago. But much has changed since then and sales aren't what they were. Today, the mid-size sedan market is dominated by two products – the Hyundai Verna and the Honda City. There are numerous other contenders, but most have been relatively fringe players. Still, this segment holds great appeal for Nissan, and it has positioned the Sunny very well. Of course, we are yet to know the final launch prices for the 9 variants which are expected to go on sale, but it’s guaranteed that Nissan will cover both the compact and mid-size segments with is pricing. There’s a base Nissan Sunny XE diesel too this time, which should be very competitively priced, to lure customers looking at a Honda Amaze diesel, for example.

The Sunny’s inherent strengths remain; indeed, they’ve been amplified, and Nissan has worked hard to address those areas which called for improvement, from both its customers and the media. The nicer interiors and refreshed exterior styling look nice, and the improved NVH levels will help matters as well.

Come to think of it, there are few cars which offer a better chauffeur-driven experience in this segment. If you want a spacious and comfortable back seat, and are likely to get behind the wheel occasionally, there are few cars better suited to your requirement. Nissan’s rapidly expanding sales and service network around the country only adds to the peace of mind ownership experience.

 

Nissan Sunny - Competition Check

Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Skoda Rapid, Renault Scala, VW Vento, Fiat Linea

Specifications

Dimensions
Length x Width x Height (mm) 4425 x 1695 x 1505
Wheelbase (mm) 2600
Turning circle dia (m) 5.3
Fuel tank capacity (lt) 41
Engine & Transmission
No of cylinder & configuration 4
Valvetrain 16 Valves (petrol), 8 Valves (diesel)
Capacity (cc) 1498 (petrol), 1461 (diesel)
Power (PS @ rpm) 99 @ 6000 (petrol), 88 @ 3750 (diesel)
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 134 @ 4000 (petrol), 200 @ 2000 (diesel)
Gearbox 5-speed manual, CVT
Suspension & Brakes
Front suspension Mcpherson Strut
Rear suspension Torsion Bar
Front brakes Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Drum






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Nissan Sunny Alternatives

Looking for other cars in the same segment and price range? Your choices are many. Click on any model of your choice to go directly to that page, so you can have a quick and easy reference of the specifications and features of competing vehicles in the same segment.


Honda City
Rs. 7.5 Lacs. - Rs. 11.8 Lacs.

Ford Classic
Rs. 5.8 Lacs. - Rs. 8.1 Lacs.

Maruti Suzuki SX4
Rs. 7.5 Lacs. - Rs. 9.5 Lacs.

Mitsubishi Lancer
Rs. 7.3 Lacs. - Rs. 8.1 Lacs.

Fiat Linea
Rs. 6 Lacs. - Rs. 10.1 Lacs.

Chevrolet Optra Magnum
Rs. 8.2 Lacs. - Rs. 10.4 Lacs.

Mitsubishi Cedia
Rs. 8.5 Lacs. - Rs. 8.9 Lacs.

Tata Manza
Rs. 4.8 Lacs. - Rs. 6.8 Lacs.

Volkswagen Vento (2010-2014)
Rs. 7.3 Lacs. - Rs. 9.9 Lacs.

Hyundai Fluidic Verna
Rs. 7.6 Lacs. - Rs. 12 Lacs.

Ford Fiesta
Rs. 7.2 Lacs. - Rs. 10.4 Lacs.

Skoda Rapid
Rs. 7 Lacs. - Rs. 9.7 Lacs.

Renault Scala
Rs. 7.2 Lacs. - Rs. 10.1 Lacs.

Skoda Rapid 2014
Rs. 7.2 Lacs. - Rs. 9.9 Lacs.

Hyundai 4S Fluidic Verna
Rs. 7.7 Lacs. - Rs. 19.2 Lacs.

Volkswagen Vento 2015
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