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Nissan’s new Almera has been a hit in the USA (where it’s sold as the Versa Sedan), but will you want to buy it?
Here, sedans have traditionally played second-fiddle to hatchbacks in the light car segment. Nissan Australia however is banking on the Almera’s substantial interior space - at a squeezy light hatch price - to add around 3000 additional sales to its annual sales sheet.
It’s got a massive cabin, the Almera is indeed a rolling Tardis, but is, unfortunately, let down in a few other - somewhat critical - areas.
The Almera was developed exclusively for Russia, especially the "unique demands of the market, the weather and the local road conditions," said Nissan in a statement.
The five-passenger Almera is equipped with a 102-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine linked to either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic transmission. The top-of-the-line Tekna model gets standard air-conditioning, rear power windows, an audio system with four speakers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 15-inch alloy wheels. It is said to be the only car in its class in Russia with a fully integrated navigation system.
The InteriorFirst things first: the Almera absolutely, positively, has one of the longest cabins in its segment.
Nissan says the Almera boasts the greatest legroom in the light car class, and given the yawning 904mm chasm between the first and second row, we’ve no reason to doubt that claim.
Secondly, this is a rather nicely-made interior. Hard plastics dominate, but even the rock-hard dashboard and urethane steering wheel have an appealing texture to them.
The Ti gets a more upmarket interior feel, with better quality materials, automatic climate control, ambient temperature display, rear park-assist, rear seat centre armrest, keyless entry and ignition and engine start button. But, like the ST, it misses cruise control.
Front seat comfort is good, but there’s no reach-adjustable steering. The seat position is also a tad high, even with the height-adjustable driver’s seat squab at its lowest setting.
The rear seats are nicely shaped and the acres of legroom are very much appreciated. However, it’s all spoiled by a lack of headroom thanks to the sloping roofline.
There’s no height adjustment to the base model Almera ST’s rear headrests either.
The boot - another super-sized aspect of this pint-sized sedan - measures in at a substantial 490 litres.
It’s a huge boot for a light car, although not quite as big as the Honda City’s 506 litre boot space.
Critically though, there’s no provision for a fold-down rear backrest. That’s hard to overlook when the overwhelming majority of the Almera’s competitors have such a feature.
The Almera’s naturally-aspirated 1.5 litre petrol inline four isn’t the most exciting motor around, but even with only 75kW and 139Nm it has enough muscle to move the 1.0-tonne Almera with ease.
Like all small-capacity four-pots, it needs plenty of coaxing during overtaking or merging onto freeways, but as long as the revs are kept high it performs well.
The automatic gearbox is definitely the one to get. It’s only got four gears, but it kicks down quickly and smoothly and works hard to keep the engine on the boil.
It can sometimes hunt between gears when travelling up steep inclines, but, for most of the time, we found the auto did not put a foot wrong when selecting ratios.
The cabin is relatively bland, but offers class-leading space and a boot that holds 500 liters (17.6 cubic feet) of luggage. Three trim levels are available and higher-end variants feature air conditioning, power locks / windows, heated front seats and Bluetooth connectivity.
Power comes from a 1.6-liter petrol engine that develops 102 PS (75 kW / 101 hp) and 145 Nm (107 lb-ft) of torque. It can be connected to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
To deal with rough roads and the Russian climate, engineers installed region-specific springs / dampers, underbody protection and 160mm (6.3 inches) of ground clearance. There's also an upgraded heating system, specially-designed windshield wipers and an extra-large windshield washer fluid tank.source:themotorreport.com.au,insideline.com