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: 2 Yrs / 80,000 kms (Whichever is earlier)
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6.99 Lakhs-9.94 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Rear AC vents
  • Class leading space
  • Good value for money
  • Reliable fuel efficient engine
  • High on comfort & convenience

Weak Areas

  • Notchy gear shift
  • Avg interior quality
  • Fit-finish not upmarket
  • No USB, small glove box
  • Outright performance ?mark
Nissan Sunny

Nissan Sunny XL CVT A/T Review

The new Nissan Sunny Automatic has got an excellent fuel ecconomy of 17.97 kmpl which is more fuel efficient than its manual counterpart.. This variant comes equipped with Nissan’s X-tronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). 



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With AN ARAI-tested fuel economy of 17.97 kpl, the new Automatic variant of the Nissan Sunny petrol is, on paper at least, more fuel efficient than its manual counterpart (16.95kpl). Now that we have your attention, you should know this version of the Sunny comes with Nissan’s X-tronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). It’s the same transmission recently offered on the Sunny’s sister car, the Renault Scala.

This four-generation CVT uses two pulleys with a steel belt running between them, with an auxiliary planetary gear set that helps further widen the range of ratios. Nissan claims its X-tronic ‘box is 10 percent smaller and 13 percent lighter than conventional CVTs, apart from bringing with it a 30 percent reduction in friction. The net effect is improved efficiency.

The promise of good fuel economy apart, there’s a lot else to like about the Sunny automatic. For one, the transmission is well suited to the 98 bhp 1.5-litre engine’s characteristics. A light throttle while ambling through city traffic or cruising at 80 kph has revs hover between 1200-2000rpm, for best efficiency, with the engine humming away quiety. Press on and there is smooth access to power with little of that rubber band effect associated with typical CVTs. Power delivery is linear and part throttle responses are good, so overtaking doesn’t require much forward planning. If there’s a negative, it’s at full throttle where revs are held at 5500-6000rpm (for max power) and make the engine sound loud and strained. We haven’t tested the Sunny automatic for performance just yet, but going by the Scala automatic’s 0-100kph time of 12.11 seconds, it could be among the faster automatic’s in the segment.

On all other counts, the Sunny automatic is the same as the petrol manual car. Driving dynamics aren’t engaging but the average city driver will have little reason to complain. Grip levels are good and the lightly weighted steering is a plus when making your way through tight traffic. High speed manners are also fairly good with a composed ride, though sharper edges do make their presence felt, more so at city speeds. Good then that the front seats offer adequate cushioning. Your passengers in the back will like the acres of legroom, though many will find the seat lacking in thigh support.

We also wish Nissan would add a splash of colour to the smart but overtly grey cabin that tends to look a bit dull. Nissan will initially sell the Sunny automatic in a single SL variant, which gets power windows, electric mirrors, keyless entry and go and a rear blower, but no alloy wheels. While Nissan hasn’t announced pricing just yet, we expect the Sunny automatic to cost in the region of Rs 8.7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). At this price, the Sunny would undercut rivals in the automatic versions of the Honda City, Ford Fiesta, and even the Renault Scala.

With enough space for the entire family, the convenience of an automatic gearbox and the promise of good fuel economy, the Sunny automatic certainly ticks the important boxes for self-driven buyers. For low-mileage users, it certainly makes more sense than the Sunny diesel.

Source : Autocar April 2013.

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