Nissan Sunny Review
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Nissan Sunny Review by Expert
These days the crowd of sedans is increasing in the country day by day. There are fewer sedans that offer a kind of uniqueness in their own, while the market is filled with many famous tags presenting same element in a different packaging. In these conditions, a prominent Japanese auto giant Nissan riding high on the success of hatchback Nissan Micra forays into Indian mid-sized sedan segment with ‘Nissan Sunny’. The sedan offers honest value for money; at times feel underpriced, with its enticing inside features and commanding overall dimensions.
The shining bright sedan, Nissan Sunny is well associated with most of the luxury aspects that exist in the present time, loaded and well built; the sedan is a classic example of perfect finishing and craftsmanship inside out. The sedan is an epitome of the inner self that gives it a character of its own. The big and brawny appearing frontage along with exquisitely finished rear presents a kind of ‘mannish’ yet elegant stance of Sunny, when compared to other sedans in the category. While moving and standstill it at times poses a stance of a graceful ‘Coupe’ with neatly dressed ‘C’ pillar at the rear portion.
Whereas, it’s glorious looking extremely spacious interiors and the excellent finishing couture make it a whole new horizon to watch. The ‘CAAAR’ has lived up to the ‘catchy tag’ by endowing with more than ample space for legroom and headroom. With comfortable seats together other handy and convenient features at hand, one is bound to be engaged throughout his/her journey. There are adequate active and passive safety features present in the sedan to provide utmost safety to the occupants while on the go.
The Nissan Sunny has been placed in the market leveling and competing with some rivals such as Toyota Etios, Maruti SX4, Volkswagen Vento and the Honda City. Here, comparison with the likes of Toyota Etios and Maruti SX4 will not be justified as it is much ahead of them in most characteristics, left with Honda City and Volkswagen Vento as ‘genuine’ challengers.
The recently added diesel version of Nissan Sunny sports common rail 1.5 liter K9K power-train that is claimed to be more powerful and fuel efficient among its competitors. While the same displacement petrol power-train offers fitting performance on all grounds. The dual choice of power packed engines of Nissan Sunny makes it a master of both performance and efficiency. Moreover, the sales will touch a new after the launch of anticipated Automatic Transmission (AT). The pricing fact is extremely lucrative as one can sense the same with its increasing sales month by month since its launch, which is creating new landmarks of its own.
Direct Competitor of Nissan Sunny
Nissan Sunny; the best selling sedan of Japanese carmaker will challenge Tata Motors beloved product Tata Manza. To be neutral, both the car majors have worked their heart out in designing these vehicles. On one hand, it is first sedan from Nissan, while Tata is all-out with an up market sedan. In the overall looks departments Sunny takes the edge with its ‘coupe-like’ styling at rear and distinctive front compared to a bit boring appearing front of Manza.
Now, the serious part-- interior has sober colors and some amazing texture finishes along with decent use of quality plastic at dash other parts of the cabin, this not the same with Manza, however, the finish levels are commendable in Tata sedan. The engine performs better and nimble in comparison to Manza, with fitting power and torque figures. The USP of acres of knee room and leg room is true with Sunny and beats Manza by quite a distance. Apart from rear room, Sunny has also got larger boot in the segment with 490 ltrs, which is bigger by 30ltrs in Manza.
Nissan Sunny Mileage and Fuel Efficiency
The Nissan Sunny was initially launched with choice of petrol engine, but after some months of its launch the diesel version was added. The 1.5L petrol power train of the attention grabbing sedan provides a decent mileage performance of about 13 kmpl in the city and about 16.9 kmpl on the highways. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The electronic fuel injection system of the engine also helps it deliver matchless mileage and efficiency every time.
The 1461cc, K9K diesel engine provides a remarkable fuel economy of 17.5 kmpl under city conditions along with ARAI certified mileage of 21.6 kmpl on the smooth highways. In this Single Over-Head Camshaft (SOHC), 8 valves 1.5L diesel motor there is a Common Rail fuel system that ensures greater mileage in any circumstances. There is a 5-speed manual gearbox that is coupled to this class leading diesel engine.
|Models||Mileage (City)||Mileage (Highway)|
|Nissan Sunny Petrol Models||13 Kmpl||16.9 Kmpl|
|Nissan Sunny Petrol Automatic||15.5 kmpl||17.97 kmpl|
|Nissan Sunny Diesel Models||17.5 Kmpl||21.6 Kmpl|
Nissan Sunny Variants and Features
|Nissan Sunny Petrol Variants||Special Features|
|Nissan Sunny XE||The exterior of base variant is dressed with roof antenna, body colored bumper and tinted glasses, while the black theme inside has the element of drive computer, tachometer and a tilt able steering wheel for better control. The other features are electric power steering together with safety aspects like ABS with EBD and Brake Assist (BA) along with driver side airbag, door open warning and engine immobilizer.|
|Nissan Sunny XL||Apart from the base features the others comprise of tilt adjustable steering mount audio controls along with rear comfort fan and windows with anti-pinch function. While remote keyless entry and full wheel covers together with rear defroster and 4-speaker integrated audio player with support of Aux-in. Automatic AC element is combined with security features like anti theft device wit theft alarm and speed sensing auto lock doors in order to ensure maximum security to occupants.|
|Nissan Sunny XL Automatic||It is automatic transmission system variant that comes equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) system. It is loaded with similar features of XL variant.|
|Nissan Sunny Diesel Variants||Special Features|
|Nissan Sunny Diesel XE||The exterior of base variant of diesel model is dressed with roof antenna, body colored bumper and tinted glasses, while the black theme inside has the element of drive computer, tachometer and a tilt able steering wheel for better control. The other features are electric power steering together with safety aspects like ABS with EBD and Brake Assist (BA) along with driver side airbag, door open warning and engine immobilizer.|
|Nissan Sunny Diesel XL||This mid entry level diesel trim comes equipped with similar features of petrol XL model with body color bumpers and chrome plated front radiator grille along with full wheel covers. The other elements are adjustable front and adjustable rear headrests, while there is arm rest with cup holder convenience the rest remains the same as petrol version.|
|Nissan Sunny Diesel XV||The high end model of exclusive Sunny offers some premium features like chrome plated inside door handles and outside temperature display. Along with safety features like dual SRS airbags for driver and front occupant that are combined with ABS and EBD with Brake Assist technology. Whilst, the other features are somewhat same as in the mid variant and base variant of Nissan Sunny.|
|Nissan Sunny Diesel XV Leather||It comes equipped with leather upholstery, leather seats and leather wrapped steering wheel.|
|Nissan Sunny Diesel XV Safety||It has been loaded with Driver and passenger side airbags.|
Nissan Sunny Colors
One of the reasons for ever increasing sales of Nissan Sunny since its launch has been the availability of some really enchanting shades that are simply irresistible. The 6 Nissan Sunny colors comprise of Pearl White, Night Shade, Blade Silver, Bronze Grey, Deep Gray and Onyx Black.
|Pearl White||Night Shade||Blade Silver||Bronze Grey||Deep Gray||Onyx Black|
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Nissan Sunny Engine, Power and Performance
The premium looking Nissan Sunny sedan has got a performance oriented heart too, that presents an excellent display of powerful figures in the engine compartment. In order to catch up with brutal contest in its segment the Nissan Sunny engine is offered in choice of petrol and diesel fuels. The petrol engine is 1.5L power train that is based on 16 valve DOHC (Dual Overhead camshaft) platform with 4 cylinders inline. The power train is capable of developing an overall maximum power of 99 PS at the rate of 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 134 Nm at 4000 rev. per minute. This engine is well supported by a 5-speed manual transmission and has total displacement value of about 1498cc. The petrol model of the sedan has been offered with continuously variable transmission (CVT) system too.
The 1.5L, 1461cc, 4 cylinder K9K Nissan Sunny diesel power-train with SOHC (Single Over-Head Camshaft) with 8-valves is capable to deliver a maximum power of 86 PS at 3750 rpm together with peak torque of 200 Nm at 2000 rpm. This powerful diesel engine is mated to the same five speed manual gearbox as in the petrol variant of the Nissan Sunny sedan. The engine’s fuel supply system is ‘Common Rail’ type as compared to ‘Electronic fuel injection’ of petrol engine.
Furthermore, there are chances of an Automatic Transmission (AT) joining in soon. Initially the AT mechanism is expected to be made available with Nissan Sunny petrol powered sedan only, and if Nissan showcases mercy on its diesel lovers later it can added to diesel run Sunny too.
Nissan Sunny Pickup and Acceleration
|Engine Variant||Power (PS/RPM)||Torque (NM/RPM)||Acceleration (0-100 kmph)||Top Speed||Transmission|
|Nissan Sunny 1.5L Petrol||99/6000||134/4000||13||178||5-speed manual|
|Nissan Sunny 1.5L Diesel||86/3750||200/2000||15||165||5-speed manual|
Both the engines of Nissan Sunny sedan come out with remarkable figures in the acceleration department besides amazing numbers in mileage and performance category. The 1.5L petrol power-train delivers a maximum power of about 99 PS and a pure torque of 134 Nm. The engine facilitates the sedan to cover up a speed span of 0-100 kmph within 13 seconds and provides a top speed of 178 kmph. The DOHC 16 Valves engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The frugal 1.5L diesel mill in the kitty of Nissan Sunny churns 86 PS and 200 Nm, whereas it zooms from standstill to 100 kmph in mere 15 seconds, which is fitting for any diesel contender sedan in the segment. Meanwhile, with the 5-speed manual gearbox the car accomplishes a top speed of 165 km per hr.
Nissan Sunny Interiors and Features
The inside is truly spacious as one can see the huge playground in the interiors of the sedan-Nissan Sunny. The interior color theme is black and beige along with chrome plated door handles and excellent door trim fabric. The interiors have drive computer and tachometer along with digital clock and incorporated audio system with aux-in and 4-speakers. In the front, there is electric power steering with tilt adjustable function along with mounted music controls for easiness. There is handy feature of central locking and vanity mirror for passenger and driver together with intelligent key option for ‘Push Button Ignition’. The overall ambience of the sedan has been well designed inside combined with superb and magnificent tailoring of amazing craftsmanship. The vehicle is a decent example of ergonomically excellence, the styling of the front instrument panel and centre console seems outstandingly simple and decent. There is much more plastic though, however the interiors of this magnificently long sedan has a charisma of its own.
There are adjustable front and rear headrests, while the rear row has arm rest with ease of cup holders. Some well-located features include remote boot opener headlight at front and a 12V accessories socket for charging mobile on the go, furthermore there is front window with auto-down & anti-pinch function together with rear comfort fan. For more cooling, Nissan Sunny comes with automatic air conditioner with filters to provide the occupants with fresh air at every stage of the journey. Moreover, there is enough headroom, shoulder room and of course legroom, which is one of the USPs of Sunny. The rear portion of the sedan is as comfortable as the front but lack adjustable head rests in the lower models of the car. The fabric used inside the car is definitely one of a high quality.
Nissan Sunny Exteriors and Features
The wide and premium looking Nissan Sunny has an extra length too that makes it uniquely attractive and very charismatic when stationed. The Nissan Sunny has broad, bold and very extraordinary front head lamps designed in an angular manner. The grille at front with chrome inserts at the borders has got extra shine with the Nissan ‘badge’ at the face of the sedan.
The classified room used as the bent space in the front bonnet is dignified and designed with perfection. The Nissan Sunny beats the rest with the fascinating look and the astonishing plane given in the roof of the sedan. There is green tinted glass teamed up with roof mounted sporty looking antenna to make sure that occupants enjoy uninterrupted entertaining journey on the go. The rear of the Sunny is admirable and appreciative of the fact that it has a very mesmerizing look that adds an extra point to the sedan. Nevertheless, the ‘Coupe’ like back of Sunny is unique in the segment along with excellent finish at rear.
The Nissan Sunny has got glamorous tail lights that speak of delight and perfection at the same time. The dashing craftsmanship of the Nissan is yet very fruitful in terms of the brilliant classy appearance added to it with top notch significance. The body colored bumpers along with chrome plated door handles and electrically adjustable ORVMs proves to be stealing attention on the roads. The B pillar is Black out, while the full wheel covers along with alloy wheels pose a very a solid stance to the exquisite sedan. The graphics and body lines of the sedan are very repulsive in the fact of returning appreciation at the very best grounds.
Safety Features in Nissan Sunny
The Nissan Sunny has been loaded with superior safety mechanisms that promise out to be the best in the class. The effortless ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) and the excellent EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) comes powered as a safety assurance. The top end model has safety element of airbags for both driver and the co-driver. There is assistance of the Brake Assist (BA) that provides total control while braking on slippery surface. The superior quality built of the Sunny not only looks sturdy but is extremely solid too. The essentials in the safety include the ELR seat belts and the very efficient central locking system with keyless entry.
Driving and Handling of Nissan Sunny
The Nissan Sunny is a charming ride even in the most rigid conditions with its super responsive powered electric steering that separates it from the rest of the class and makes it an easy to handle and swifter in movement vehicle. The sedan has been designed with superb aerodynamics to give it a fast cut through the air and zip the roads with high speeds. The adjustable headlamps of the sedan are very remarkable in terms of visibility control.
The outstanding and very magnificent is the transmission of the sedan is really smooth. There is certainly no doubt that the car driving and handling flexibility of the Nissan Sunny is some high class just like any other car from the company. The matchless design of the sunny has been kept quite long which counts for a lengthy wheelbase making it just the way it should be. Overall, the ride quality is better in diesel compared to petrol version.
Nissan Sunny Accessories
There are loads of accessories available from Nissan to make your Nissan Sunny look different from others. The exterior accessories include classy looking wheel covers along with 14-inch alloy wheels. There is mud guard to protect from road splash and debris, while there is an aero dynamical shaped Trunk Spoiler tailor made for Sunny along with rear trunk garnish to create a style statement others comprise of door visors and black pillar tape. The interior accessories has manual rear sunshade along with beige and greige seat belt pads and cushion pillow set for extra coziness on the move. There is neck pillow set for the front row occupants together with single and dual tone steering wheel covers and art leather seat covers. Some electrical accessories consist of corner sensors that assist while parking of your Nissan Sunny with numeric distance indicator and sound alert.
Nissan Sunny Road Test Report
The spacious CAAAR inside, now faces some real tests outside. Here, we have got the top-end XL petrol model of Nissan Sunny that boasts 1.5L power train and churns out maximum power of 99 PS and 134 Nm of absolute torque. During the road test we realized that this engine is not only capable to add excitement to your drive, but is also remarkably even and smooth. The peppiness in the city drives get a proper boost with the steering wheel that has services of EPS, which makes it feel lighter and lets you maneuver through tight spots and cut corners with effortless ease. Although, we observed that this attribute seems to get lost when it comes to highway driving and Nissan Sunny starts to embarrass on high speeds, but we can ignore this, as in this segment the performance on open roads don’t matter a lot. But we were deceived to see it attaining a top speed of above 150 kmpl; however at this speed we were cautious enough about overtakes.
The NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) levels inside the cabin are one of the best-in-class and we really had to hear the engine noise attentively, which was bare minimum. Again, the well tuned engine is a genuinely enjoyable thing, but when it comes to 5-speed manual gearbox it actually disheartens you a bit, as one had try a bit harder to shift it in preferred gear. The gear box seems to be imprecise at the time of the test drive, don’t know was it a problem with the test vehicle or standard issue on all.
Moreover, the convenient driving position takes the cake in all the available positives of Nissan Sunny alongside class-worthy engine. We found the elevated stance of the driver’s seat quite comfortable, in contrast to the rival sedans, with fine all-round visibility that is accompanied by the light and accurate steering wheel. This proves its significance when it comes to bumper to bumper city traffic conditions. Another feather in Nissan Sunny’s cap is its braking, which is just perfectly suited for city and open road circumstances, as it stops without any irritation. The disc braking at front has assistance of Anti lock braking system with EBD and BA, and best part is that it comes as regular on all variants right from base. Our take on ground clearance; outstanding, be it rural road or urban tar speed breakers, the Nissan Sunny swallows every pothole with pride without bumping into ground and never letting the passenger feel the same, courtesy-- well tuned suspension system. This sort of ease is more often found in bigger sedans; however this superior ride couldn’t have been made possible without 15-Inch tyres of the top end Nissan Sunny model, while the entry level versions are presented with an inch lesser tyres.
Nissan Sunny Conclusion
Nissan Sunny FAQs
Q1: What is the practical mileage of Nissan Sunny Diesel?
Answer: Practically, Nissan Sunny Diesel mileage is of around 15-16 kmpl in city and nearly 18-19 kmpl on highways. However, the ARAI mileage is of 21.6 kmpl in standard testing conditions.
Q2: Is there any AT variant of Nissan Sunny available in petrol or diesel variants?
Answer: At this stage, there is no Nissan Sunny AT (Automatic Transmission) offered by the company, but there are plans for it. Maybe by early or amid 2013 we would see it hit Nissan showrooms.
Q3: Is there power steering in Nissan Sunny sedan?
Answer: Nissan Sunny in the two variants, petrol as well as diesel, has got more advanced ‘electronic’ power steering that gets you minimum turning radius of 5.3 meters.
Q4: What is the boot capacity of Nissan Sunny?
Answer: The Nissan Sunny boot space is huge, in the segment, as it measures 490 litres of space for your luggage.
Q5: Is ABS with EBD and BA safety features standard in Nissan Sunny sedan?
Answer: True. The ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and BA (Brake Assist) come as standard across all variants. Moreover, driver side airbag and door open warning alongside engine immobilizer are also offered as regular Nissan Sunny safety features.
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