Nissan Sunny Facelift Review & Test Drive

Nissan Sunny Overview

Nissan marked its entry into the Indian mid-size sedan segment with the launch of the Sunny. The car arrived in our country in its tenth-generation and apart from rivalling the likes of the Hyundai Verna and Honda City, it is a larger alternative to compact sedans like the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Tata Zest. Here’s a look at what the Nissan Sunny offers and who should consider buying one. View offers on Nissan Cars from Nissan dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Nissan Sunny Design & Style

The Nissan Sunny has never been a looker, it’s a car with neutral styling and the massive length gives it quite the presence on our roads. The Japanese automaker has made multiple changes on the outside which make it look fresh amongst a sea of sedans now vying for buyer’s attention in the C-segment. At the front, the Sunny gets new headlights which are bigger and seem to have taken a slight inspiration from the Altima and Teana with its arrow boomerang shape finishing on the side running deeper into the body. The grille too is new and bigger with thicker chrome surrounds. The front bumper is new as well with a chrome lip while the new fog lamp housing gets a chrome surround. The side remains quite similar, the rear view mirrors are new with side indicators while new wheels caps/alloy wheels (Y-shaped 12-spokes) make a debut.

The rear carries the same tail light while the rear bumper is new with the lower half getting a faux black diffuser to reduce the visual bulk. A sedate rear spoiler is being offered as an accessory, the same is standard on the Sunny in some markets. A new short antenna has been added (shifting the position from the front to the rear), while the boot lid gets a chrome garnish. The Sunny continues to look like its predecessor but the minor changes do make it look appealing. Nissan wants to position the car towards the more mature audience and thus sporty colours (like red) have been discontinued, being replaced by more stately shades, a new black colour has been added which appears purple in the sun.

Nissan Sunny Cabin & Comfort

The steering design is the same three spoke steering but now has a shiny silver strips on the side which houses steering mounted controls for the infotainment system on the left side. The instrument cluster is also the same with tachometer on the left and speedo on the right. With a small info screen in the centre. A welcome change is the centre console which now has a bigger screen and makes utility very easy. The plastic quality for the buttons too has seem to gone up.

Climate control console is the same as before which is a typical round structure with bright orange backlight. Behind the steering you can also spot the start stop button. The rest of the dash is black fibre well laid out and simplistic yet elegant. Now stepping into the back seat. This is where the hidden gem of the Sunny lies. With insane legroom equal to rival limos and the centre hump being pretty low three +size adults can sit as if in a lazy chair. My friend is 150 kgs without exaggeration and he is extremely comfortable.The centre arm rest has glass holder which is a nice touch. Nissan has gone all out to provide its buyers with a very premium car feel at a not so premium price. The only thing I did not like but then I am nitpicking, is the grey shade with a weird design on the centre of the seats. This sedan’s trump card has always be the space that it offers especially for the rear passengers. There is oodles of knee room for them and with an AC blower at the back. This AC blower works as a fan and pulls out air from front air-con.

Nissan Sunny Engine & Gearbox

Nissan continues to use 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines to power the Sunny. The 1498cc, HR15 petrol mill outputs 99 PS of power and 134 Nm of torque (minuscule more output in the CVT), it’s paired to a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox. This motor offers the Sunny good drivability but NVH isn’t the best, more so post 4000 RPM. The tall gearing robs the Sunny of good performance post 120 km/hr and it can take quite the time to accelerate from low speeds in high gears. Still the Sunny is decently frugal, returning 9-10 km/l in city conditions. The gearbox is slightly notchy, although the clutch is light. With the CVT variant, the convenience is there but the rubber band effect is prominent at high revs.

The diesel engine on the Sunny is of course the more popular unit, it’s the 1.5-litre, k9k mill. Nissan has tweaked the ECU of the 85 PS of power, 200 Nm of torque motor resulting in an increase in mileage of 1 km/l (ARAI), but there is no boost in output, still the Sunny feels slightly more eager in the low-end. This is one of the best engines in its class, while down on power compared to most of its rivals, this powerplant has more than enough pep for both city and highway duties. Turbo-lag is almost non-existent and the Sunny is always eager to pull, be it stop-go traffic or highway cruising. The 5-speed gearbox offers decent shifts and the clutch is well weighed too. One can expect a mileage of more than 15 km/l (in the city) from this car, which is very impressive indeed.

Nissan Sunny Ride & Handling

This is clearly a car for the laid back rear seats. But the well performing petrol and diesel engines request to be driven at least sometimes. Now you can not push this car along corners, because even though the steering is precise and has a light feel yet adequate feedback, the long body make the car fishtail. The suspension is soft and very well made for our Indian roads. No matter how may the ditch or undulations this car seems to dampen them very well. There is no shock or effect that filters through the seats. The NVH levels are also very low. These are clearly features of something you would find in cars way above 15 lakhs.

Nissan Sunny Safety & Security

Nissan always has taken care of this aspect cautiously and subsequently it has returned rich dividends to the company. In Sunny sedan, it has incorporated disc as front brakes while the rear braking system is drum. This primary braking system is complimented extremely well by the trio of Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) in each and every variant of this sedan. Also, driver airbag is a standard safety feature across all the variants. The top-end trim XV D features front fog lamps which are quite helpful during inclement weather. It also has the front passenger airbag while the paid optional trim XV D (safety) comes with additional side airbags for the front seat occupants.

There are also several alert systems included in the sedan such as low fuel level warning, door ajar warning, speed sensing auto door lock, headlight on warning lamp etc. to aware the driver of the tricky circumstances ahead. The company has also installed a heap of security features to encounter the thieves and lock-pickers. Nissan Sunny comes with Immobilizer, Central Door Lock, Key Remove Warning Lamp etc. as standard security features across all the variants. Additionally, the mid-level and top-end variants feature Anti-theft Device with Alarm and Seat Belt Warning Lamps as extra security features to keep you car protected from goons as well as bullies.

Nissan Sunny Price in Bangalore

Nissan Sunny Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 6,97,396/- (Sunny XE Petrol) to 9,50,497/- (Sunny XV Diesel). Get best offers for Nissan Sunny from Nissan Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Sunny price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Nissan Sunny Bottomline

The Nissan Sunny was a hot-seller but new rivals have come and dented sales of what the company likes to call a caaaaaaaaar. Still, the Sunny has a lot of potential as Nissan is very clear and focussed on whom it’s targeting with the car. Nissan is wooing the chauffeur driven and in that regard, the Sunny is still difficult to beat. While other cars in the segment are offering a lot of features, none offer this level of comfort at this price point. With fresher looks and a new positioning, the new Nissan Sunny is sure back into contention.