Category: Nissan Car Reviews

Why Buy A Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT?

Posted by on 06 Jun 2022

Why Buy A Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT?

Why Buy A Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT?

Who would have thought the automotive world would so quickly become the diverse playing field it is today? Well, it’s about to get even better with the new Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT. Classed as a CUV or Crossover Utility Vehicle, it combines the features of both an SUV and a hatchback which makes it particularly popular among small families, professionals and weekend adventure seekers. The question many people are asking is whether the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT is a good car. Let’s take a closer look.

What’s Good About The Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT?

Besides the good looks and low price, there is a lot to like about the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT. For starters, the powerful 1.0-litre turbo engine provides up to 50% better acceleration compared to naturally aspirated engines. Some of that can be attributed to the “mirror bore cylinder coating” technology which they’ve borrowed from the tremendously impressive Nissan GT-R.

There is reduced resistance inside the lighter engine which delivers improved heat management and combustion. This means the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT accelerates smoothly while benefitting from more efficient fuel economy. If you’re a family of 4 or 5 and looking for something more exciting than a hatchback but not as big as a conventional SUV, the Nissan Magnite is a great choice for urban driving or the open road.

Is The Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT Nice To Drive?

The superb suspension and chassis setup in the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT is not only good in challenging conditions but also for everyday commutes. It is one of the most comfortable vehicles in the segment. When driving at highway speeds, the car grips the road well with excellent sound insulation for a quiet ride.

Switch to sport mode and you get a slight performance boost but don’t expect it to transform into a GT-R. Then there is the CVT gearbox which has received some bad press across many automakers and models but this one is different; in a good way, of course.

While many CVTs suffer from that annoying rubber band effect, it is not the case with the Nissan Magnite Turbo. It’s so smooth and you’ll hardly notice any turbo lag in the low to mid-range unless you suddenly try to accelerate to overtake another vehicle. It has to be one of the best CVT gearboxes, especially in the budget car segment.

The driving position of the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT can easily be adjusted to allow a commanding view of the road. The 210mm ground clearance is handy and since it is a crossover SUV, you can expect the car to absorb potholes and small bumpers like they were never there.

Build Quality And Comfort

Despite the lower price tag, the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT lives up to expectations in terms of build quality. Typically, we associate cheaper cars with lower quality but that’s not always the case, especially with the Nissan Magnite. It has D-STEP logic control computer software that uses dynamic inputs such as vehicle speed, accelerator pedal position and application speed to determine the best gear ratio to deliver an exhilarating but economical drive.

There is also ample interior space with excellent legroom and adequate support in both front and rear seats. While spacious, the rear is best suited for two adults and a child as it may be a little cramped for three well-built adults. Storage space is good with a boot capable of carrying 336 litres of luggage, groceries, camping or sporting gear.

Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT Safety Features

Considering the price of the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT, you wouldn’t expect to see many technologies and safety features but it certainly does. Among the list are the following:

  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Brake Assist
  • TCS (Traction Control System)
  • ESP (Electronic Stability Programme)
  • Hill Start Assist 
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Front Seat Belt Pretensioner & Load limiter
  • 360-degree parking camera

In closing, the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT offers incredible value for money and undercuts almost all of its competitors from a pricing standpoint. It has all the necessary convenience and safety features along with attractive styling, impressive performance and a smooth driving experience. Overall, the Nissan Magnite Turbo CVT checks almost all the boxes and is a firm favourite for many.

For a closer look at all the Nissan cars in our showroom, please go to the website or visit our dealerships in Stellenbosch, Kuils River, Uitenhage or The Glen (Johannesburg). We also highly recommend reading our blog as it covers interesting motoring news and updates from around the world.

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Nissan SC Bakkies Make Light Work Of Any Task

Posted by on 26 Apr 2022

Nissan single cab bakkies

The Nissan Navara and NP200 single cab bakkies are made to WORK

Are you searching for a commercial bakkie that combines equal measures of style, practicality, reliability and affordability? Look no further than the range of Nissan single cab bakkies as it offers everything a business needs, regardless of size or type. From the Navara to the NP200, both Nissan single cab bakkies are immensely popular, especially among people who know their vehicle might be used as a workhorse and experience a harder-than-normal life.

The All-Powerful Navara Single Cab Bakkies

While the Nissan Navara single cab is a little more basic than the double cab alternatives, it is extremely hard-working, practical and loaded with added extras. With a proud history of building reliable vehicles on the edge of innovation, the Nissan Navara continues to shine, as a commercial or personal vehicle.

Built tough, and local, the Nissan Navara range of bakkies gets heavy-duty independent double-wishbone with stabiliser front suspension and 5-link coil spring rear suspension for superior off and on-road performance. The fully boxed ladder frame construction means added strength and, ultimately, more capability. That, combined with a generous ground clearance of 208 to 209 mm, a 6.4 m turning circle and superior approach and departure angles, the Navara is ready for anything.

Since commercial vehicles rely on power, economy and practicality, the Nissan Navara single cab offers all of that and more. Under the bonnet is a choice of a petrol engine or three variants with a 2.5-litre Intercooled Turbodiesel engine, all paired with a responsive manual gearbox. Here are the engine specifications:

  • 2.5DE Petrol XE 4X2 MT: 118 kW at 6,000 rpm and 233 Nm at 4,000 rpm
  • 2.5DDTi XE 4X2 MT: 120 kW at 3,600 rpm and 403 Nm at 2,000 rpm
  • 2.5DDTi SE 4X2 MT: 120 kW at 3,600 rpm and 403 Nm at 2,000 rpm (also available in 4X4)
  • 2.5DDTi LE 4X2 MT: 140 kW at 3,600 rpm and 450 Nm at 2,000 rpm (also available in 4X4)

Can You Use A Nissan Navara As A Commercial Vehicle?

In terms of payload and towing capacity, Nissan SC bakkies – like the Navara – are leading from the front. Model-dependent, the range of Nissan Navara single cab bakkies can carry between 1,065 and 1,144 kg. They have impressive towing figures of 750 kg unbraked and 1,588 kg braked capacity for the petrol version and 3,500 kg for the diesel models.

The load box is also sizeable, measuring 2,353 x 1,560 which means you can use the single cab Navara to deliver building supplies to a site or transport other types of goods to nearly any destination. For those far-reaching locations, you have the option to choose the SE or LE variants with 4WD.

The Nissan Navara offers business customers great value for money with low running costs, competitive parts pricing, respectable fuel efficiency and strong after-sales service. Intervals are set at 15,000 km where all new models come standard with a 6-years/ 90,000 km service plan and a 6-year/ 150,000 km warranty.

The Ever-Popular Nissan NP200 Bakkies

The Nissan NP200 is part of the range of impressive Nissan SC bakkies and few can offer the same value as this small, versatile, tough and reliable commercial vehicle. It certainly needs no introduction as it officially replaced the iconic Nissan 1400 in 2008 with tremendous success. Like the Nissan 1400 stalwart, the NP200 is also manufactured in Rosslyn, outside of Pretoria.

It shares the same platform and engines as the previous generation Renault Sandero and Renault Logan along with many other compact Nissan, Renault and Dacia vehicles. This means it has ample power, good fuel economy and comfortable ride quality. The NP200 is available in the following variants:

  • 1.6-litre 8V Petrol: 64 kW at 5,500 rpm and 128 Nm at 3,000 rpm
  • 1.6-litre 16V Petrol: 77 kW at 5,750 rpm and 148 Nm at 3,750 rpm
  • 1.5-litre dCi Turbo-Diesel: 63 kW at 3,750 and 200 Nm at 1,900 rpm

Is The Nissan NP200 A Good Commercial Vehicle?

The NP200 has established itself as one of the most popular Nissan SC bakkies due to its immense reliability, affordability and the fact it can transport a wide variety of items in its rubberised load bay. The sizeable load box measures 1,807 x 1,374 x 535 m which equates to a total volume of 1,26m³.

The max payload is an impressive 800 kg, a braked towing capacity of 650 kg and with 177 mm of ground clearance, the Nissan NP200 can carry just about anything with relative ease and comfort. It’s no surprise that this range of Nissan SC bakkies is becoming a more common sight in South Africa and lives up to its reputation of being a tough, versatile and affordable workhorse.

To showcase just how affordable, the NP200 is often a winner in the Kinsey Report as the cheapest in the A, B and C segments in terms of parts pricing. This includes general maintenance items such as air filters, oil filters, pollen filters, spark plugs, brake pads, wiper blades, brake discs, cambelt/timing chain, clutch kits, shock absorbers, body panels, bumpers, wheels and glass among many others.

With so many options on offer at such good prices, isn’t it time you took a closer look at the range of Nissan SC bakkies? You can also book a test drive and experience the Navara SC or the NP200 for yourself. Alternatively, you can buy a used Nissan NP200 or used Nissan Navara single cab, to get all the workhorse you need, at a lower price.

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An SUV For Forward-Thinking Families – Nissan X-Trail, Of Course

Posted by on 20 Apr 2022

Nissan X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trailis well-suited as a family SUV

Choosing a vehicle for a growing family can be a tall order. After all, even though you have a bunch of humans that require lifts to and from school, sports, shopping, and more, you also still want a good-looking car that stands out on the road.

This is why we love the Nissan X-Trail so much. It’s one of those amazing vehicles that will get the job done whether you’re heading off the West Coast for a camping holiday, or stuck in traffic en route to a hockey game with five excited players and all their gear.

Here are a few reasons why the X-Trail always comes out tops in the happy families category:

Lots And LOTS Of Space

Straight off the bat, the Nissan X-Trail scores major points in terms of the amount of space it offers, both in the cabin and in the boot.

The luggage capacity of the entire X-Trail range is 550-litres with the seats in a normal passenger position and 1405 Litres with the rear seats folded down. Additionally, there there is both a 5-seat and a 7-seat option available in the X-Trail vehicle range sold at Group1 Nissan. Please note that the 1.6 dCI Tekna 4WD is only available as a 5-seater.

Safety-First Design

The impeccable design of the Nissan X-Trail has been awarded the coveted five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. This is thanks to a wide variety of Nissan X-Trail Car Safety Shield technologies that have been expressly developed to ensure that both you and your passengers are kept safe at all times, including:

  • Driver, passenger, front side and curtain airbags
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • ISOFIX Child Safety Seat Attachments
  • Blind Spot Warning* and Cross Traffic Alert*
  • Lane Departure Warning*
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC)* and Hill Starts Assist (HSA)

*Trim-level dependent

Plenty Of Variant Choice

Every family has different needs. This is why the Nissan X-Trail is available in three trim levels across all engine and drivetrain variants. As such, discerning South African buyers are able to weigh their options carefully when they choose between the:

  • 2.0 Visia
  • 2.0 Visia 7-seater
  • 1.6 DCI Visia 7-seater
  • 2.5 Acenta CVT 4WD
  • 2.5 Acenta 4WD 7-seater
  • 2.5 Acenta Plus 4WD
  • 1.6 DCI Tekna 4WD
  • 2.5 Tekna CVT 4WD

If you would like some support in deciding which X-Trail will suit the needs and requirements of your family best, we highly recommend getting in touch with a member of our expert sales team at our Group1 Nissan dealerships in Kuils River, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch or Uitenhage. We are happy to walk you through your options and provide any info you need!

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