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Nissan Almera Acenta M/T

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Did you know the name Almera is derived from a French surname that is well associated with popular race car drivers from the eighties? The first Almera, and Nissan Sunny replacement, was released in late 1995 and has been a regular on South African roads since – maybe not popularised for racing, but certainly for how it keeps on being a brilliant commuter. Now in its latest iteration, the question to ask is, what’s not to love of a spacious and sturdy vehicle that is committed to reliability? With a good engine, a capacious interior and impressive fuel efficiency, it’s a great choice if you are in the market for a small sedan that doesn’t compromise style, technology or affordability.

The Concept
A straightforward vehicle with an abundance of cargo capacity to comfortably ferry around a family of five, the Almera allows all passengers to feel comfortable. Highly practical for daily use, this small sedan is the perfect vehicle for a medium sized family. Although not the most striking vehicle, it’s humble and honest persona ticks all our boxes for being budget-friendly and easy to live with.

The Look
The Almera has a modest appearance, with simple, clean lines and a sturdy body structure. The front end shows off the fresh Nissan grille with chrome finishing, and 15-inch alloy wheels fill the arches. Halogen headlights are standard and equipped with auto on/off function. The rear and side profiles are more of the same, with sensibility being the overwhelming design characteristic that comes to fore. It looks pleasant and neat and will be easy to fall in love with for its no-frills, no-nonsense approach.

The Feel
We love the sense of space inherent to the Almera, and there’s a light, airiness to the way it has been designed. Taller folks will be easily accommodated, thanks to the long wheelbase, there’s also enough legroom for a car in this segment. There’s a large 490-litre boot with an easy loading tailgate that makes this car feel even more useful than one would initially think. Practicality is continued as a theme throughout the interior, with function taking precedence over form here – it’s focused on utility and durability rather than flashy, gaudy looks, and with an uncluttered and simple dashboard layout, it’s easy to feel calm when seated behind the wheel. We love that there are still cars this good out there allowing for a driver to get in and go, without having to fuss around to make sense of the cockpit. The Almera is ideal for busy individuals and even fleet use, and all the necessary comforts are included to make long trips in the Almera effortless, too.

The Features
The audio system comprises an AM/FM radio with four speakers, CD, MP3, USB port and an auxiliary input, which can all be accessed via useful toggles located on the multi-function steering wheel, to ensure that all you are totally in control. Nissan has gone above and beyond when it comes to safety and security, integrating such features as driver and passenger airbags, ABS, EBD, BAS, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, braking assist features, a high mounted stop light, a standard NATS Immobilizer system, and Nissan DataDot anti-theft identification. But there’s more - body construction contains an obviously distinct crushable zone that is able to absorb and scatter the stress caused from impact. The cabin also features a high-strength zone to ensure that passengers are fully protected at all times. The brand hasn’t compromised on comfort and convenience features either with electrically operated door mirrors, a standard rear parking sensor, front as well as rear electrically powered windows, remote central locking, air conditioning, hands-free Bluetooth, and a 12V power outlet.

The Drive
Equipped with a 1.5-litre engine, the Almera has 73kW of power and 134Nm of torque to play with, which is more than enough to quickly nip through traffic but also smoothly blend in with highway speeds. The benefit of this punchy powertrain is the 6.3-litre per 100km fuel consumption figure, which will help keep fuel bills low, especially when filling up the 41-litre fuel tank. This derivative comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, and the overall feeling is of capable, eager-to-please responses. A noteworthy compliment to the designers is the excellent cabin damping, which did a terrific job of insulating passengers from engine and road noise. We love that Nissan focused on simplifying and doing certain key things really well – the Almera is a brilliant example of a car that is going to serve you for a decade without a hiccup, and we’re here for it!

Where to find it
Find out more about this amazing Almera at www.nissan.co.za
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