The Nissan Almera’s second-generation model is not only well-built on the outside, but also delivers decent fuel economy, a comfortable interior, and responsive and precise handling on the road. All these features and a generous set of equipment are offered at a very affordable price, so target customers or anyone limited by financial constraints can immediately include the Nissan Almera’s quality as a potential purchase.
The Nissan Almera comes with a wide range of diesel and petrol engines. The original 2.2 Di diesel engine was underpowered, but the improved 2.2 dCi from the Renault delivers better pulling power. The improved dCi engine comes in either 136 or 112bhp; the 136bhp comes highly recommended for its fuel economy under 50mpg and its nippy performance.
Handling is decent on most road conditions, but when compared to other higher end models, the Almera fades in the background. Nonetheless passengers and drivers are guaranteed the basics: a safe and confident feeling from the Almera’s light steering, adequate ride quality, and minimum noise.
The Almera’s different variations come with specific equipment offers. The S includes a centre rear headset, while the E also includes rear headrests, a radio/cassette, and a height adjustable driver’s seat. The SE enhances the S trim’s equipment by offering a traffic information system and an active front headrest. The SE+ upgrades the vehicle through a leather covered steering wheel, front foglights, 16 in alloys, and a 6CD autocharger.
Safety is assured with the Almera as it carries a four-star Euro NCAP rating. Deadlocks and immobilisers are included in all its models, but the higher spec models include an anti-hijack function and remote central locking. Couples with small children may want to consider the higher spec models for the safety of their families.
Seats are pretty comfortable up front and at the rear, and will keep passengers comfortable for trips that last a hundred miles. But taller passengers will have to squeeze themselves in the limited rear legroom; they’ll also experience extra discomfort when the Almera has to go over very rough bumps. Engine noise also tends to be heard at most speeds and when one runs into road rumbles.
Bootspace is extremely limited and the front area doesn’t even provide extra room through cubbyholes. Rear legroom is also meager, so don’t expect any additional passengers out back. Although the Almera does include a curry hook that lets you split takeaways in the passenger footwell.
The Almera’s last update was back in 2002. During this time, its interior received an N-form dash that had similarities to the Primera. Although this look would work in a bigger Nissan model, it seems off given the rest of the Almera’s look. The black plastic material isn’t too pleasing on the eyes and the dashboard’s design is too old-fashioned. Nonetheless the driver’s seat is adjustable enough to ease you into comfort. The steering wheel can also be adjusted according to one’s height.
Overall the Almera delivers a decent ride for regular road conditions. Equipment is generally equipment for most trims.
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