Designed to go into the dynamic compact crossover section, Nissan’s Magnite needs to fight a variety of strong rivals. Over the past 12 months, myriad competitors have actually entered the ring– consisting of the skilled Kia Sonet, Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Toyota Urban Cruiser. Take a peek at SA’s roadways and you’ll observe all 3 have actually done incredibly well, sales sensible.
The abovementioned trio litter regional opportunities, with customers succumbing to the chunky styling, usefulness and worth for cash. Plainly, the Magnite has its work eliminated. Nissan’s entrant isn’t off to a bad start if aesthetic appeals play a huge element. Angular and ultra-modern, the Magnite remains real to the principle that was initially seen in2020 It sticks out from the crowd with an elegant style and a trendy two-tone paint plan. Our Acenta Plus CVT test system glowed in the sunshine, thanks to the Vivid Blue gloss and contrasting Storm White roofing system.
Positioned at the top of the variety, the feature-rich Acenta Plus is geared up with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbopetrol engine which is the sole powerplant alternative in the Magnite variety. It provides 74 kW and 152 Nm of torque which– in spite of the Magnite’s smaller sized capability engine– is on par with its (naturally-aspirated) competitors. Not always of value with a cars and truck like this, the Japanese crossover reaches 100 km/h in a relatively glacial 13.4 seconds (declared).
The turbocharged powerplant has adequate poke at city speeds, making the Magnite feel adequately energetic. It couple with the CVT transmission rather well; the transmission is smooth and keeps engine sound to a minimum when driven carefully. Request vigorous velocity and, just like all ‘boxes of this ilk, the revs rise. The thrumming three-pot engine note penetrates the cabin and can end up being wearisome after a while. When settled at highway speeds, this ends up being less of an issue– unless you require to carry out a surpassing manoeuvre.
On smooth, unbroken surface areas, the Magnite supplies a comfy and made up flight. It does battle when provided with rougher roadways, the crossover not able to respond rapidly enough to unexpected roadway abnormalities. That being stated, the Magnite does soak up most holes with aplomb.
Not as refined as the flight quality, the steering feels troublesome and unclear. In this class– where competitors tend to have rather sharp steering– this is a noteworthy fly in the Magnite’s lotion. It definitely does not feel hazardous or frightening, however it does not have the quality that makes the Vitara Brezza so satisfying to pilot.
With a similar wheelbase to the Vitara Brezza and Sonet (2,500 mm), interior area is on par with competitors. In advance, the height-adjustable guiding column and motorist’s seat makes discovering your perfect position a doddle. The cloth-trimmed seats include a fascinating, wave-like style and show comfy– even on longer journeys. Fabric trim likewise covers parts of the door cards and armrest; a good touch that boosts the interior atmosphere. The boot determines a helpful 336 L.
Although the cabin plastics appear hard-wearing, there are a variety of surface areas that feels a touch lightweight. The products around the equipment lever, for instance, feel a touch poor. Aside from that, the Magnite matches the Vitara Brezza for viewed quality. One location where the Magnite steams ahead of the competitors remains in basic devices. Not pleased with using a complete suite of security functions– I’ll discuss that quickly– the Magnite, as basic, boasts digital dials, keyless entry with push-button start, a 360- degree cam (an outright advantage in parking area) and LED headlamps. A three-year/30,000 km service strategy is likewise basic.
Another location in which the Magnite trounces the competitors is when it pertains to basic security functions. Like the Brezza and Sonet, the Nissan is geared up with 2 air bags, ABS and EBD. The Magnite likewise gets stability control (requirement on the Sonet) and traction control. In spite of Nissan declaring a fuel economy figure of 6.0 L/100 km, I handled 7.6 L over my week with the crossover.
Nissan’s Magnite is capable as a commuter and has a lot of devices that damages other crossovers (rate smart) with comparable area and efficiency. Late to the celebration, Nissan’s newbie is currently delighting in success in SA– have a look at how regularly they’re beginning to appear on our roadways. There are defects. It flights easily (for the many part) and is decently fine-tuned on the highway, however the interior might do with tougher trim pieces in some locations.
That being stated, there’s much to suggest here for those who are trying to find an appealing crossover with lots of devices at an incredibly low rate. Unless you’re definitely repaired on getting the CVT design, I ‘d advise getting the less expensive handbook derivative, at R282,600
Nissan Magnite Acenta Plus CVT
Power: 74 kW/152 Nm
Fuel usage: 6.0 L/100 km (declared)
Top speed: 168 km/h
Rivals: Renault Kiger, Suzuki Vitara Brezza
- Kia Sonet 1.5 EX CVT: Punching above its weight
- Suzuki Vitara Brezza 1.5 GLX: Eminently likeable– and useful, too
- Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente: Perennial preferred revealing its age?
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