Nissan’s Sunny has hit the showrooms and what a super hit it promises to be. With the exception of the Micra, Nissan, it seemed, has run out of options in the 3 box category, post the meek response to its luxurious Teena. Sunny has managed, what Hyundai is master at, ‘Right Price Value Equation’. Sunny enjoys a very positive and renowned heritage world-over, it’s the second vehicle offered in India based on Nissan’s V-platform. It’s a real big car with a very attractive and aggressive starting price tag of 5.78 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). We took the Sunny for a spin to find out its success quotient.
STYLE & SUBSTANCE
Nissan Sunny is a study of contrast, one of balanced aggression and defense. Exterior design cues obviously are from the Teena with similar large grill & swept back headlamps. The V-shape grill reminds about the versatile platform the car is based upon.
The bulbous design theme, adopted in Micra, is carried forward in the Nisaan Sunny too. Side profile looks attractive with free flowing lines, though roof is heavily sloped towards the rear so as to give it coupe look.
Sunny’s rear is heavy & bulbous, rear lamps merges well and seamlessly with the shoulder line of the car. The overall proportions though are not spot-on; especially the length, which feels overstretched.
INTERIORS, SPACE & ERGONOMICS
Grey seems to be Sunny’s favourite colour, it really dominates the interiors. The cabin even though well laid out with fair number of equipments, doesn’t inspires the way it should be, some door trimmings could have been used to break the monotony. Overall cabin begs hard for breaking the monochromatic scheme. Use of some dark shades would have made the interiors inspiring & cheerful.
Seats are large, comfortable & offer good thigh support. Sunny comes with wheel base of 2600 mm making its spaciousness a category benchmark. Rear seat space is large & is definitely the strongest USP of Nissan Sunny. Generous legroom with fair amount of headroom allows you to stretch as much as you can, even with front seats pushed back to their maximum on its rails.
490 liters of boot space is decent, which one appreciates even more, as it’s well laid out without many intrusions from the suspension towers.
POWER-PLANT & TRANSMISSION
Sunny, is ably managed by a 1498cc petrol power plant with double overhead cam breathing through 16 valves. Electronic Fuel Injection technology ensures precise feeding of the cylinders. The peak power of 99 PS at 6000 rpm & torque of 134 Nm at 4000 rpm are decent enough to pull the car of Sunny’s size and makes it quite a responsive car.
Switch on the engine & it settles quickly. The rev happy engine feels very refined. Put the foot down & car feels eager to shoot, even on a half throttle response. The drivability is good, especially in the city traffic & one need not change the gears to keep the momentum. The engine is mated with 5-Speed transmission which in contrast to the engine is not very inspiring It doesn’t feel great to use & lacks the tactile feel. Shifting is notchy with the gear slotting a tad difficult.
ARAI mileage figure of 16.5 Km/l is impressive for the car of this stature.
Sunny uses McPherson strut at the front & torsion bar at the rear to suspend the wheels. The springs are not very softly sprung; a welcome deviation from the current trend of excessive soft settings to deliver inspiring ride comfort. This does let some bumps come straight into the cabin, especially at the slow speed, but as you move faster the comfort as well as stability gets better. The massive 4.5 meters length does impact the handling ability of the car negatively.
Nissan Sunny as a complete package is a formidable rival to existing brands in the sedan category. Priced between Etios & City, its space, comfort & drivability are factors which will impress new car buyers. Nissan’s wafer thin dealership numbers however could be its sole weakness.
With petrol prices still travelling northwards, a Diesel variant priced this aggressively will be very, very difficult to ignore. We hope Nissan gets one sooner than later.
Style & Substance : 3.5/5 Ride & Handling : 3.5/5
Interiors & Ergonomics : 4.5/5 Safety & Equipment : 4/ 5
Power Plant & Transmission : 4/5 Fuel Efficiency : 4/5
Value for Money : 4/5