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Nissan Sunny review - Fun in the Sun

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Now first things first, if you're expecting gravity-escaping acceleration, you're down the wrong alley when it comes to this car. If you intend to do drift your way to work in this Nissan, you're again barking up the wrong tree.

What you want from a car such as this is a lot of interior space. Dear sir, you just came to the right place, then. The Nissan Sunny's interiors are both very cleanly designed and offer remarkable space. Push the well-sculpted front seats as far back as they can go and despite that, the result at the rear is astounding. With just enough space for four long-limbed adults and a central armrest folds into the back rest of the rear seat, you're family is going to be happy in this one.

Look at the console between the two front seats and you will see two louvers, which are easy to mistake for HVAC vents. What they actually are, however, are blowers that suck in the cool air exiting out of the AC vents in the front and forces it into the rear, thus improving air circulation within the car's cabin significantly.

 For those who like to drive, the refreshingly designed dashboard will go down well. All three variants, the XE, XL and the XV, get a steering wheel that adjusts for tilt and the top two trims get full auto air-conditioning and steering mounted audio controls. The top of the range XV also gets you keyless entry and push button start.

Bottom end grunt from the 1498 cc four-pot motor is appreciable and the shove keeps coming till the mid-range revs. But the Sunny is happiest in the 3-3500 rpm range. However, the engine does get quite vocal at higher rpms.

Another facet of the Sunny that has a lot going for it is the ride quality. Over broken roads, the suspension is soft and pliant and absorbs most of the bone-jarring stuff before it gets into the cabin. Hit a quick succession of bumps at speed, however, and the car begins to get bouncy and around corners, the Nissan will twitch slightly, both being results of the compromise made for comfort over potholes.

Steering feel ranges from light to very light. That means your missus is going to be using the car more often now. Although Nissan hasn't declared the pricing yet, we estimate it to be in the 6.5 to 8 lakh rupee bracket. If indeed our estimates are spot on, Why not buy two, then?