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Nisssan Magnite

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Of magnitude

Fresh to South African soil, the Magnite is a budget-friendly crossover SUV offering from the Nissan brand. It is promised to be a stellar entry-level vehicle for the brand and I think it will be making waves when taking a peek at the brochure.

The Concept

The magnate falls into the saturated budget-conscious crossover family SUV segment. With a market that is so rich and offering South Africans a wide scope to pick from, the Magnite should be something extremely special if it wants to be seen as a rival.

The Look

In the looks department, it certainly has what it takes. Vastly different from their other vehicles, the Magnite features a stunning new look. It has a huge, unmistakable chrome grille in the front which blends into the lower bumper. I am impressed with the unique design that it has- it gives the vehicle a bold and distinctive appeal which is only furthered by L-shaped LED headlights and fog lights in the bumper. 16-inch alloy wheels give it a cheekily boosted step up while a rear roof spoiler adds a bit of flair to the rear. Speaking of the rear, the Magnite signage is neatly stretched across the boot lid.

The Feel

The cabin of the Magnite is marketed for the family, it doesn’t have an abundance of fancy features or chrome trimmings rather it has comfy seats and a spacious feel. Don’t get me wrong- it is stylish and easy on the eye, Nissan just went with a more clean and neat design theme, which is appreciable. The boot has 226-litres of space with the rear seats in the up position which is reasonable in its segment. For additional space, the rear seats can be folded flat or alternatively, you could strap your luggage to the chrome-coated roof rails.

The Features

Now, this is where the Magnite impressed me- as an affordable offering, the Magnite has a lot of specs listed. Firstly, the infotainment system is sufficiently equipped so that the entire family can enjoy it. It doesn’t matter if mom has an iPhone and dad an Android, the Magnite can cater for both with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, it also features Bluetooth and USB so that everyone will enjoy the music coming from its six speaker sound system. The 8-inch touch screen system can also be controlled via the steering wheel controls which is a major bonus. Rear parking sensors, Cruise control, electric windows, remote central locking, Smart Entry (Intelligent Key) with Push start system and an automatic air conditioning system have all been added to the Magnite. Safety for the family entails airbags, ABS with EBD, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Traction Control System, Hill Start Assist and ISOFIX child seat anchorage.

The Drive

The Magnite, following the less-is-more trend, has a 1.0 Turbo engine. This means that it generates 74kW of power and between 152Nm and 160Nm of torque (depending on if it is a manual or automatic transmission). Fuel consumption also varies between 5.2-litres to 6-litres per 100km’s but this is still a reasonable achievement considering the size of the vehicle.

Where to find it

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler