February 4, 2023

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2021 Nissan Magnite 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol review, first drive

Does the extra economical variation of the Magnite however present a solid over-all package?

It’s been just more than a 12 months given that the Nissan Magnite was released in India and shook up the compact SUV section. We have now driven the totally loaded turbo-petrol variation, and it remaining us quite amazed. But now we get to encounter the extra economical, naturally aspirated variation for the to start with time. Is it as easy to endorse as its costlier turbocharged counterpart? Which is what we are listed here to uncover out.

Nissan Magnite one. B4D: engine and performance

Let’s start off with the engine, which is the largest adjust on this variation of the Magnite. Underneath the hood lies a one.-litre, a few-cylinder naturally aspirated (NA) petrol engine, codenamed B4D. As you would hope, at 72hp and 96Nm, it is drastically down on equally the power and torque of the turbo-petrol engine (by 28hp and 64Nm). Nonetheless, to Nissan’s credit score, the Magnite one. feels quite smooth when you pull absent from a standstill and the power is sent in a linear manner.


That reported, this engine is not the punchiest unit out there, specially offered that peak power and torque come in quite large in the rev selection. This effects in the Magnite experience quite lethargic when caught in the mid selection, and in purchase to get the very best out of the engine you have to do the job the gearbox a good bit. Revving it also large also has very little impact, resulting in a whole lot of sound with no also substantially development. Stay within the engine’s comfort and ease zone, on the other hand, and you will uncover there is ample performance on present for the daily commute. At freeway speeds, on the other hand, the Magnite one. NA feels strained and a bit out of its factor.

Talking of the gearbox, we drove the five-pace handbook variation. This unit is not the slickest in procedure and what does not also assistance is the biting stage of the clutch, which requires some finding utilised to. Furthermore, even though the Magnite does share its powertrains with its sibling – the Renault Kiger – it misses out on the AMT computerized gearbox that’s presented with the one.-litre NA in the Kiger. This hampers its attractiveness as a city vehicle to an extent, as extra and extra consumers are opting for the benefit of an computerized in the urban ecosystem. 

Nissan Magnite one. B4D: ride and managing

In the ride office, this iteration of the Magnite is quite similar to the turbo-petrol variant. There is a organization edge to the ride, which functions effectively when travelling at pace as it smoothens out pretty much all the imperfections that come its way and feels quite steady. However, on the flip aspect, at decreased speeds the ride is a touch on the choppy aspect, thanks to this fundamental firmness, and much larger potholes do filter in. Cabin insulation is also not good, and on terrible patches of street, aside from a good amount of money of tyre roar, you can hear the suspension working absent. This provides a feeling that the suspension is not as sturdy as it really is.


There is another favourable to the a bit organization established-up, and that is the managing. The Magnite’s human body roll is quite nicely contained and it handles the twisty roadways effectively. The steering does not present a whole lot of feedback, nor is it extremely brief, while it feels nice and light-weight at minimal speeds.

Nissan Magnite one. B4D: exterior, inside and functions

Design and style wise, Nissan has kept equally variations of the Magnite similar, with their badging staying the only way of discerning them visually. This is a extremely great detail, contemplating the Magnite appears to be like extremely wise and effectively-proportioned. The modern headlight, hexagonal grille and ‘L’ shaped DRLs give it a unique and extremely recognisable identity. In profile, you can also see the sharp creases and pronounced cladding all around the wheel arches that include character to the Magnite. The rear appears to be like extremely neat and I alternatively like the clear strains of the sculpted tail-lights and boot lid.


Move within the cabin and you will be greeted by a effectively laid-out dashboard with a present day appear. There are some neat structure touches like the hexagonal AC vents that appear like they could belong in a Lamborghini, the local weather management screens that are effectively included into the rotary adjustment dials, the 7.-inch digital instrument cluster and the absolutely free-standing 8.-inch infotainment (which by the way is quite responsive and easy to use).


There are also some nice functions on present like keyless entry and go, computerized local weather management, the 360-degree digital camera (which is not the clearest), and wireless Android Car and Apple CarPlay connectivity (which is a bit temperamental to use). There are also a quantity of handy storage spaces all around the cabin, together with a huge glovebox and substantial cup holders, while the fixed front centre armrest feels like a missed chance for another storage space. The way the sprint is recessed and the central console is placed minimal also give a good feeling of space for a vehicle of this size.

An region where the Magnite is missing is high-quality of supplies. When they are for the most part acceptable for the value, there are rivals in the sector that not only sense improved appointed but also improved screwed jointly. Issues like the exposed steering rack in the driver’s footwell also never assistance the perceived high-quality. A single significant exception listed here is the denim-like cloth Nissan has utilised on the a variety of elbow rests all around the cabin – it is a top quality experience touch in an usually dull and lacklustre cabin.


The front seats present a great see out and are effectively cushioned, providing great quantities of comfort and ease. Rear seats are also quite comfortable, providing loads of space (even for taller travellers) and great levels of under thigh aid. 

Nissan Magnite one. B4D: value and verdict


A single of the largest appeals of the Magnite one. NA has to be its value. Commencing at Rs five.71 lakh for the base XE trim and heading up to Rs 7.85 lakh for the top-spec XV Premium trim (ex-showroom, Delhi), this iteration of the Magnite delivers some serious bang for your buck. There are handful of hatchbacks that can present this level of package and space for the same value, allow alone compact SUVs. Nonetheless, this naturally aspirated engine genuinely struggles to present solid performance. This does not issue as substantially when looking for a daily commuter to use in the city, on the other hand, as an SUV to use for prolonged distance travelling, it is a limitation. The lack of an computerized gearbox option with this engine does also hurt its probable as an urban runabout, but if it is sheer value you are following, the Magnite B4D is difficult to conquer.