THE Nissan Almera has always been a very sensible car but with the new version the styling has been updated to increase its presence.
There are no changes under the bonnet as the Almera has a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 73kW and 134Nm all of which is sent to the two front wheels through either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. The Almera also has a claimed combined fuel consumption of 7.6 litres per 100km and goes from 0-100km/h in 11.5 seconds with a top speed of 185km/h.
On the outside, the Almera has the ability to fade into the background among more sporty looking rivals. Based on Nissan’s latest ‘V’ platform, also used for the Micra hatch, rear seat legroom (940mm) is 94mm greater than Hyundai’s Accent, 59mm greater than the Holden Barina and 36mm greater than Toyota’s Yaris. Headroom in front is similarly generous.
The outstanding volume of this small/large Nissan sedan extends to the boot with 490 litres, 25 litres more than the Accent and 15 litres more than the Yaris.
The 2014 Almera comes standard with 15-inch alloy wheels, electric door mirrors, manual air conditioning with dedicated rear vents and independent fan speed control, a radio/CD/MP3 audio system with AUX input port, steering wheel audio controls, a height-adjustable driver’s seat,
tilt adjustment for the steering wheel, remote central locking with speed-sensitive auto-locking doors and a comprehensive trip computer with two trip meters, instant and average fuel economy readouts, tank range and service information.
In most ways, the Almera is trumped by its biggest rival, the Kia Rio sedan. It sells for less and boasts more style, equal specification and feels a lot more accomplished on the road. For a litte more, you could opt for the Honda Ballade. The Chevrolet Sonic sedan and Volkswagen Polo Vivo sedan start at around the same price.