Nissan is ready to explode with its upcoming car Nissan Magnite. We had previously discussed about its first look, which was mostly about its exterior and interior as well as features. Now here we will talk about the engine and the first driving experience of this new compact SUV. The Magnite is a very important car, made by Nissan. Nissan has added a lot of features to it. This car has a large grille, slim headlamps with full LED and even L-shaped DRLs as well as fog-lamps.
Apart from this, the car gets a great experience with cladding plus functional roof rails, 205mm ground clearance and 16 inch wheels. Although its grill looks a little big. Rear styling is the best angle in it, with slim tail-lamps well spread throughout the design. The fact is that it has a broad outlook. The Magnite is a compact compact SUV with a length of 3994mm.
In terms of design it is a good effort and the cabin is well built. Being based on the same platform as the Renault Triber, practicality can be seen in it. The Glovebox is large, while it has plenty of storage space. Magnite’s USP is the rear seat space. Simply put, Magnite can easily beat some compact SUVs here. The cabin feels airy and it is easy for even a 6-foot-tall person to sit comfortably behind the driver’s seat. Headroom is very good and overall there is legroom as well. Although there may be a little tight space in terms of seating for three people, but Magnite is one of the best in terms of overall space.
Nissan has given a cool touch by giving the design on the dash with air con vents with funky look. The 8-inch touch screen is of high quality and the TFT 7-inch instrument cluster looks lovely too with its many graphics. It is also fun to use. However, the cabin quality is not very special in this, using rigid plastic, which reduces the feel of a premium car. Talking about the feature, there is also a touchscreen with general smart phone connectivity, 6 speaker audio, climate control, cruise control, rear AC vents as well as a view monitor for parking. Apart from this, it also has features like wireless charging, air purifiers, paddle lamps and ambient lighting.
Magnite will be available only in petrol variants but you will have two options. Along with engine / gearbox configuration, there will be many other options as well. First it has 1.0 petrol, which has 70 bhp and 96Nm. This has been seen in the Tribe, which will not be enough to buy because it lacks torque and power.
The other one is 1.0 liter turbo petrol. It has 98 bhp and 160Nm with a 5-speed manual while the CVT makes slightly less torque. We drove the turbo manual first and it is definitely a fun car to drive. The gearbox is quite easy to use and the same goes with the clutch. Vibration is seen with three cylinders but the fun starts when you reach mid-range and there is strong power delivery.
Ideally, the CVT automatic magnetite is the biggest strength of this SUV. Some other compact SUVs in this class are either expensive DCT gearboxes or AMTs, so Magnite’s CVT really shines here. It is one of the better CVTs and it is very smooth in traffic. Also provides a comfortable driving experience. CVT is a more preferred option for everyday use. There are no paddle shifters, but in hilly areas etc. there is a mode to speed up shifts and hold gear. The steering is light, while the suspension is failure-absorbent. Magnite looks very light. Nothing was found in this car to complain. In terms of safety, this car gets hill start assist, ABS with traction control and dual airbags.
We are not yet aware of the prices, but we expect that the Magnite can be priced below the starting price of Rs 5.5 lakhs and top-end CVTs by Rs 10 lakhs compared to other compact SUVs. The Magnite is a value for money car and Nissan has ensured that this car has a good mix of everything. The style, space and funky interior are good while the CVT Plus Turbo is the pick of our range. On the other hand, it is missed on some devices, as well as the interior quality could have been better. Therefore, Nissan needs to entice those people who are thinking of taking Venue / Sonnet at a lower price. In that regard, a lot is being found here in magnite. This is a good product that can bring Nissan back to the market.
What we liked- Looks, space, turbo petrol engine, CVT automatic.
What we didn’t like – NVH could have been better. The interior quality could have been better.
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