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Nissan Magnite review Autocar India test drive

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What is it?

The Magnite is Nissan’s prolonged-awaited compact SUV. Engineered especially to meet up with the exacting requirements of Indian auto customers, and to also give Nissan India a substantially-desired shot in the arm, the Magnite is hopped up on design, closely loaded with kit, and is very seriously excellent worth for income.

Get this in spite of the actuality that the Magnite can compete function-for-function with the best geared up compact SUVs about, introductory price ranges start at a rock-base Rs 4.ninety nine lakh for the entry-amount product with the by natural means aspirated BR10 one.-litre motor. And which is not it, fully-loaded Turbo CVT is priced at Rs 9.forty five lakh. In comparison, the best-of-the-line one.0 Kia Sonet automatic goes for just about Rs thirteen lakh. Even the best-spec versions of Tata’s Nexon automatic and Maruti’s Brezza petrol-auto, both of those reasonably value productive, go for Rs eleven.14 lakh and Rs eleven.4 lakh, respectively. 

The Magnite is intended to give Nissan India a substantially require shot in the arm.

Question is, are we comparing apples with apples in this article? Is Nissan’s Magnite just as completed as the competitors in other areas, or is it a situation of finding a bit considerably less auto for a ton considerably less income? Let us place Nissan’s make-or-split solution, the Magnite, less than the microscope. 

Nissan Magnite structure and styling

It absolutely looks the section. The tall stance and generous 205mm of ground clearance give it a real SUV vibe. The major chunky wheel arches and 16-inch wheels offer a lot of definition, and the Magnite also has a reasonably stand-up cabin for that all-essential SUV silhouette. The thick ‘C’ pillar is perfectly sculpted, the contrast roof and substantial ‘split’ rear spoiler looks extremely upmarket, and Nissan has even applied a chrome spotlight along the doors incredibly proficiently. Even the two-tone cladding at the rear is impressively place jointly.

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The Magnite has the all-essential SUV silhouette.

The Datsun grille, integrated into the structure of the nose, does place to the actuality that this compact SUV started out lifestyle less than Nissan’s minimal-value manufacturer, but in this article too there are a lot of fascinating flourishes and specifics. The dagger-like headlights are neat, the ‘L’ formed LEDs stand out, and there are a pair of eye-catching ridges on the bonnet too. Even though the cladding in standard is place jointly with wonderful precision and the roof rails are also perfectly developed, a several tricky-to-overlook panel gaps do exist, primarily about the location of the bonnet and the hatch at the rear.

Nissan Magnite platform

The Nissan Magnite is developed on the Renault-Nissan alliance’s CMF-A+ platform. Bigger and obviously a lot more considerable than the typical CMF-A platform that underpins the Datsun Redigo and the Renault Kwid, the ‘+’ is substantially broader, a lot more robustly place jointly and lengthier in beam. The first auto to be developed on the CMF-A+ was Renault’s Triber, and the Nissan Magnite will be adopted by Renault’s personal compact SUV, the Kiger. Created on a two,500mm wheelbase, par for the training course when it comes to compact SUVs, the Magnite is, on the other hand, marginally narrower than all others in this course, at one,758mm. The Magnite’s entrance suspension arm has been optimised for better security, there is certainly a new trailing arm set up at the rear, and to counter the 205mm of ground clearance, there is certainly also a new anti-roll bar.

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16-inch dual-tone alloys wheels shod in 195/60 R16 tyres.

Nissan Magnite one. turbo efficiency

With its mechanical torque converter geared up CVT or X-Tronic gearbox, a healthier 100hp and only one,039kg to push about, the computerized-geared up Magnite turbo is the select of the selection. The a few-cylinder motor does have a lumpy idle, partly owing to its delicate motor mounts, and a bit of vibration filters into the cabin, too, but choose off from rest and the motor smoothens up properly. What tends to make driving the CVT edition notably nice is that it responds to a faucet on the throttle really well. This tends to make driving it in targeted traffic experience notably easy push down a bit more durable, say to overtake, and acceleration increases in a linear way too. In actuality, at minimal and medium motor speeds, you you should not definitely undergo too substantially of the dreaded rubber band influence.

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The Magnite’s one.-litre turbo-petrol motor tends to make 100hp, which is enough for this one,039kg SUV.

Even so, pull the CVT-geared up Magnite more durable, and with a lot more resolve, and the extend and pressure of the pulleys and belts can be felt. Now the improve in efficiency is no lengthier in sync with the improve in motor velocity, and when the gearbox does change in techniques, the rubber band influence is obvious.

Pick out ‘Sport’ on the gear lever, which sharpens the CVT with distinct techniques to mimic gear ratios, and you can right away tell there’s a lot more punch and efficiency, with the CVT hanging on to a ratio alternatively than a set motor velocity.

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At minimal and medium motor speeds, the rubber band influence is just not definitely felt. 

There are no paddles, on the other hand, and there is certainly no handbook intervention, but with the aid of an aggressive choose off, the Magnite CVT did take care of to do the -100kph sprint in twelve.8sec. No immediate comparison can be built, as this brief check was not carried out to Autocar requirements continue to, for reference, the Venue one. turbo DCT requires eleven.9sec to 100kph. Even though the hole remains very similar when kickdown acceleration is examined from twenty-80kph, the Magnite is substantially closer when forty-100kph periods are in comparison.  

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Sport manner aids the CVT gearbox maintain on to ratios lengthier.

The five-velocity handbook geared up Magnite one. turbo is a honest bit more quickly in opposition to the clock. Once more, acceleration periods are not to Autocar requirements, but for now, the handbook provisionally did the -100kph sprint in an spectacular eleven.16sec. That’s more quickly than the XUV300, Ford EcoSport and also the Venue one. handbook, which requires eleven.24sec to a hundred. The one. turbo motor with the handbook gearbox does get 160Nm of torque, versus 152Nm for the CVT, and it pulls perfectly all the way from about one,800rpm to past 6,000rpm in a person prolonged, clean sweep. This strong, extended push when you are on the throttle is really pleasing, but you continue to do pass up the turbo coming in with a hurry, primarily the gratifying action up in electrical power when this occurs. And past five,000rpm, there is a bit of a boom and a thrum.

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The handbook edition is most likely to be more quickly than the XUV300 and Tata Nexon.

Progression, as you get on and off the throttle in targeted traffic, on the other hand, is easy, not like cars and trucks like the Nexon and Venue, and the motor even pulls reasonably perfectly when off improve.

The five-velocity handbook gearbox, on the other hand, is just not the slickest device about. The gate is perfectly described and the gears slot in perfectly, but you do require to give the gear lever a bit of an added push. The clutch is a contact large too and has a sharp release place, which can make engagement a bit snappy.

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The five-velocity handbook calls for a bit of hard work to slot it in gear.

Nissan Magnite dealing with, security and trip ease and comfort

Using on tall and stiff springs, the Magnite’s suspension set up is a bit on the organization aspect, which will work perfectly at velocity. Straight line security, as a result, is first rate and the weighty steering offers you a honest total of self-confidence. The Magnite will not experience anxious or hop about when you brake really hard both. Agility, on the other hand, is just not its forte. Switch in to corners is a bit lazy, and you require some additional steering input at periods to get the Magnite well into a corner. So, it is just not definitely an SUV that enjoys carving up corners.

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Straight line security is excellent but it’s a bit lazy in the corners.

Extra essential, on the other hand, is the actuality that the steering is quick to twirl at city speeds, the brakes are properly ‘servoed’ for city use and the Magnite feels at home in the city surroundings, which is frankly wherever it will expend a majority of its time. 

The trip, on the other hand, is a bit revealing. The Magnite feels unsettled at minimal speeds around badly paved patches, the trip is active for the most section, and then, ever so normally, you get a loud ‘thwack’ from the suspension as you operate around a substantial or medium-sized pothole. Even though the suspension does soak up some of the larger sized bumps improved at velocity, you obviously are informed of the area below, and there is certainly even a honest total of road sound, primarily around coarse surfaces.

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The trip is on the stiffer aspect.

Nissan Magnite room and ease and comfort

Even though the Magnite is the narrowest auto in its course, there obviously is a lot of room and legroom on the within. The seating place is really upright, which will work perfectly for room efficiency, the prolonged two,500mm wheelbase liberates a ton of room, and then Nissan has finished a superb career of packaging the cabin. The entrance seats are perfectly bolstered and offer you excellent thigh and shoulder assist, and it’s really quick to find a cozy driving place, in spite of the actuality that the steering will not regulate for achieve. Even so, the lumbar assist is a bit excessive, and in variants with out seat height regulate, the significant dash could impede the see out for shorter motorists (and entrance passengers).

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It can be really quick to find a cozy driving place.

Ingress into the rear is quick, many thanks to a broad doorway aperture, and within there is certainly a lot of legroom even for six-footers. The seatback is a contact upright (to accommodate a even bigger boot), but no grievances about thigh assist, which is really excellent. Headroom, too, is a lot more than adequate, and given that there is certainly only a smaller hump in the flooring, a third passenger can be accommodated really easily. Even the centre armrest is properly positioned and the slot for a substantial mobile cellphone in advance of the cupholder is a great contact. You also get adjustable rear headrests at the back, there are rear air-con vents, and though there is certainly no USB socket at the rear, you do get a 12V charging socket.

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Rear seat shoulder space, legroom and headroom are a lot more than ample.

The Magnite also presents a honest measurement boot, though the Sonet, Venue and Nexon offer you larger sized ones. The tailgate lifts to expose a deep 336-litre luggage location and there is certainly also the possibility to break up the rear seat 60:forty, must you require a lot more room.

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The rear seats break up and fold to liberate a lot more space.

Nissan Magnite interior and characteristics

Step into the Magnite and you are right away informed that Nissan has place a ton of hard work and expense into the structure and execution of the cabin. Yes, the best of the dash is built of really hard (but matte) plastic and the band of piano black that operates throughout the dash is just not to everyone’s flavor, but there are continue to matters that capture your eye and impress. These include things like the Lamborghini Urus-like vents, the substantial frameless eight.-inch touchscreen with metal encompass, the properly developed air-con knobs with the mini shows inset, the deconstructed centre console, the wireless cellphone charging procedure, the TFT screen in the instrument panel that can be cycled as a result of numerous modes, and even the double-stitched ‘denim’ on the doorway pads and elbow rest looks interesting. Then there are the quilted fabric and leatherette seats, a massive ten-litre glovebox, and even the steering wheel feels properly place jointly.

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Dash gets a frameless eight.-inch touchscreen. 

Phase-first characteristics include things like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile, which experience an complete address to use along with the wireless charger, and this is the first auto in this course to get a 360-diploma reversing camera and display screen. Even though the reversing cameras usually are not of the best resolution, and the touchscreen is just not as excellent as the a person on the Hyundai Venue or the Kia Sonet, the procedure is incredibly intuitive and useable. Nissan Hook up and smartwatch connectivity is also obtainable as an possibility on the turbos. There’s no sunroof, but you do get other kit like puddle lamps and a six-speaker audio procedure. Even though the Sonet continue to remains the best geared up auto in this course, the Magnite gets a ton of kit, primarily when you issue in its rate.

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The Magnite gets a phase-first wireless Android Automobile and Apple CarPlay.

The place the Magnite lags driving its rivals, on the other hand, is construct quality. Numerous of the plastic bits in the cabin usually are not as robustly developed as they must be, the suit in areas is considerably less than fantastic, and we even experienced a several buzzes and rattles on the move from driving the dashboard. Even though the construct power is substantially improved around some of the early Datsun items, there obviously is continue to some way to go.

Nissan Magnite safety products

Major versions of the Magnite come with driver aids like Car Dynamic Control, traction handle and hill start help, and also function ISOFIX child-seat mounts at the back. Stomach muscles with EBD, dual airbags and rear parking sensors are standard throughout the selection, and on some variants, you also get a tyre stress checking procedure and brake help. The centre passenger in the rear, on the other hand, only gets a lap-belt, not a a few-place inertia reel seat belt.

Should really you obtain a person?

With its disruptive pricing, the Magnite is all established to bring in hordes of potential customers. On offer you is a sharp and contemporary-looking compact SUV that is cozy on the within, perfectly geared up and is quick to generate. Even so, it could not have the most supple trip, it is just not as entertaining to generate as some of its rivals, and it obviously is not developed as robustly as other cars and trucks in this course. And then there is certainly Nissan’s dealer network, which requirements to increase too.

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Magnite undercuts all compact SUVs on rate by a major margin.

Even now, if you are in the market for a compact SUV, and you should not thoughts finding a very little considerably less auto for a ton considerably less income, keep your eyes glued to the Magnite. This just could be the most disruptive SUV to strike showrooms in a prolonged, prolonged time. Level of competition, brace for the effect.

Also see:

Nissan Magnite launch on December two, 2020

Nissan Magnite vs rivals: Characteristics comparison

Nissan Magnite
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