On paper, the Nissan Magnite with the naturally aspirated motor feels underpowered for sure. But, it is really the case in real-world situations? Take a look here to find out the answer.
Nissan Magnite was launched in the Indian market a month back. In this short period, it has managed to garner over 30,000 bookings. It won’t be wrong to say that Magnite has successfully emerged as bread and butter for the Japanese carmaker that was struggling in the Indian market for long. The Magnite is on sale with two engine options, naturally aspirated 1.0L petrol and turbocharged 1.0L petrol. The former is capable of putting out 72 PS against 96 Nm, while the latter can churn out 100 PS and 160 Nm of rated output. The naturally aspirated or the non-turbo trim of the Magnite is thus often perceived as underpowered. But is it actually the case in real-world conditions? Let’s find out.
In the hunt to find out the answer to the above question, we came across a YouTube video from the channel of Amar Daryan. In the video, the host introduces the owner of a non-turbo trim of the Magnite first and then begins with the test of lugging four occupants in the car. He asks the owner a few questions - if he feels the car is underpowered or not. To which the owner replies with a no. He claims that the 72 PS naturally aspirated motor feels adequately powerful for speeds up to 80-90 kmph. At such speeds, the motor revs around 2,500 rpm and the MID shows an instantaneous fuel consumption of around 16-17 kmpl. In terms of low-end grunt, the owner feels that it is acceptable for a small naturally aspirated engine.
Furthermore, he claims that Magnite with the naturally aspirated feels at home in the city. However, overtaking while cruising at triple-digit speeds is certainly a task. On the flip side, the Magnite comes packed with a slew of features and at a very lucrative price point. It comes equipped with automatic climate control, 7-inch all-digital instrument console, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, 360-degree parking camera, wireless phone charger, puddle lamps and more. The Nissan Magnite rivals the likes of Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, and Maruti Vitara Brezza in the Indian market.