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Nissan Sunny goes automatic, feels good

Almost every mid-size sedan these days boasts of an automatic variant. The latest to join the bandwagon is the Nissan Sunny, trailing its sibling Renault Scala by almost 6 months. Sumant Banerji reports. Sunny automatic

Almost every mid-size sedan these days boasts of an automatic variant. The latest to join the bandwagon is the Nissan Sunny, trailing its sibling Renault Scala by almost 6 months.

Available only in the 1.5-litre petrol variant that develops 101 hp and 134 Nm torque, Nissan uses continuous variable transmission that gives a linear acceleration, with a few extras thrown in, such as a stop-start function the Scala doesn't have.

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In city, it offers great convenience thanks to the smooth gearbox. Keep the foot light on the accelerator and the car is in its zone, and stays economical: it gave us a good 12.5 kpl in city with AC.

On the open road, it is a different story. Floor the pedal and the propensity to rev makes the ride choppy. Gear changes are not as frequent as desirable, and the engine does create a racket. Economy, too suffers: we got a below par 7 kpl on the highway.

Considering that a similar variant in the Scala was already available, Nissan seems to have missed one trick by not offering a automatic in diesel. Only one option is available, the Hyundai Verna. At 8.5 lakh, it is value for money, and even 60,000 cheaper than its Renault sibling.

  • First Published Date : 06 Jun 2013, 09:29 PM IST