Nissan Almera 1.5V Test Drive Review
Another weekend arrived, this weekend I was suppose to go back the Eng Guan body spray shop to touch up the grey colour on my GT Street Vios kit that cracked due extreme weather in our country. He promise will fix it free for me but not today due to the a lot cars already queued up. Since my touch up paint plan is failed, I went to test drive Nissan Almera instead
I went to Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd. at Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Bayan Lepas which located beside The Star office. The showroom come with the service centre which make the office looks much bigger. Upon entering the showroom, I was greeted by young salesman and I told him that I would like to test drive Nissan Almera. In the courtesy manner, he refer me to another lady know as Miss. Chua. She give me brief explanation between 4 different specification offered by Nissan Almera packages before we go for a test drive.
The Nissan Almera that I’ve choose to drive is Nissan Almera 1.5L VA/T. This variant do have 2 air bags, come with fog lamps,15′inch alloy wheels. Indeed, what Nissan claimed is right. The Nissan Almera do really have a roomy interior. The rear seats and leg room is spacious, after I have seated on the rear seat, my leg room still left plenty of space. Nissan Almera claimed has the longest legrooom in its class (B-segment).
After explored the cabin space, we proceed for the test drive. The dashboard is shorter compared to its rival, Vios and I felt that it looks more dull, based on personal reviews. Nissan Almera do not have auto fold side-mirror function for the variants which I find it very useful when we are parking or maneuver through tight slot. Other than that, Almera’s side mirrors are much smaller than Toyota Vios and Honda City, which I so not use to it.
While the dashboard is dull looking, but the panel meter do attracted me. The self illuminated panel meter with white light is beautiful. The panel meter come with digital information display to calculate your trips distance, average fuel consumption, petrol tanks status and temperature of your engine. The chrome door handles pretty unique, as it was so chrome while the rest of the interiors are black which outshine the door handles.
Then we start to drive around the area. The EPS steering is light as compared to Vios and City. I can turn the wheels effortless but I don’t really like the weight as it is too light. Perhaps, we need to take the optional accessories to upgrade to Impul 16′ or 17′ wheels to enhance the steering weight ratio.
The car performance is meeting my expectation with the HR15DE engine plus the CVTC delivered 102 ps@6000rpm and 139Nm/@4000rpm. In fact I feel the acceleration almost same as Vios, the experiment was testing by flooring the gas pedal, the inertia and the momentum that I feel is similar to my Vios. The engine roar noise is far more quiet than Vios even though the RPM have reached at almost 5.5K. I am sure this I’d bring out the most from this Nissan Almera. Paul Tan blog stated the Nissan Almera able to deliver up to 24km/l on the fuel consumption. This figure only can happen to Hybrid vehicle, I’ve test my Vios from Penang-Kuala Lumpur only able to achieve 17km/l with 110km/h speed. That was my optimum fuel consumption that I ever achieved.The fuel consumption data seem far more superior than Vios. Handling seem much rigid compared to Vios, the bodyroll is much better than Vios J as I am trying few turns with sharp corner and the car don’t really maneuver to opposite site.
Almera come with O/D (overdrive) On/Off button on the side of the gear knob. This are alternative way to present the 3rd gear for auto-transmission car. I like the gear knob but Nissan Almera do not have arm rest for driver seat! There is arm rest for rear seats but not front seats! Another drop point for me as I enjoy put my left hand on arm rest while holding the gear knob during driving. The arm rest was replaced by a 2 slots of bottle holder. Well, this car do have a lot place to seat your stuffs. The car come with 4 speakers for all variant, 2 at the rear boot, another 2 at the front doors. The whole test drive journey last than 10 minutes.
For safety wise, Nissan Almera seem doing great on the all aspect from the body construction until the advanced braking system. The body construction divided into 2 zones which helps to protect occupants. Braking system come with advanced Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist (BA). The pricing for Almera 1.5L V A/T is RM74,000 without additional accessories.
Overall, Nissan Almera is a spacious with great fuel consumption and good handling car. But the car may looks dull for the interior design and the exterior doesn’t really attracting. But, I find Impul Almera is very sporty and attractive after the dull car refined with sporty skirting and wheels. Nissan Impul kits can be purchase as an optional accessories. Don’t you think the outlook looks similar to Toyota Vios TRD Sportivo?
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