With a 1461 cc 4 cylinder diesel engine, Nissan Evalia is a versatile MUV and has a spacious cabin. While its van-like appearance and small fixed windows go somewhat against its popularity in the MUV market, the Evalia is an easy to drive vehicle and does find buyers who put it to commercial use.
Evalia XL is a mid segment variant of the vehicle and lies next to XE and XE+. Here’s a brief about its features:
The external designing and all features of Evalia XL are akin to the XE+ and XE. The V shaped grille in the front gives it the look of a characteristic Japanese car. Evalia has a tall boy compact design but with its boxy and van like appearance most people consider it too utilitarian for personal usage. The emphasis indeed is on practicality here and so aesthetics take a backseat like it has happened with most other tallboys and people-carriers that come from Japan.
Stepping inside the cabin again you do not feel much difference if you compare it to Evalia XE+. The plastic dashboard has a finish of two shades of grey. It is not very deep and the windshield is pretty upright so visibility is not hampered by the reflection. What differentiates Evalia XL’s cabin design is the box type centre console as against the tray type in base variants XE and XE+. The round AC vents (that come from Micra) are placed on either side of the dashboard but there is no climate control. Another design feature in this model is the chrome on internal door handles.
Comfort and Convenience
Unlike the base variants, Evalia XL comes with an extra air conditioner vent for the third row passengers. It also has power windows with single touch auto down, central locking and a keyless entry facility. All of these naturally translate into a little more comfort and convenience. Other standard features are the same as in the XE+.
Like the XE+, this model of Evalia also comes with dual front SRS air bags for driver and front passenger. Again, it does have standard safety features such as ABS with EBD & Brake Assist, engine immobilizer, height adjustable seat belts & head restraints and door ajar warning display. But it does not have front fog lamps that have been fitted only in the premier XV variant.
Evalia may not be a very feature rich van but the cabin space makes it a good choice for commercial use. In the MUV market it competes against Maruti Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy and Mahindra Xylo.