Nissan offers the Magnite compact-SUV with both turbo and non-turbo engines. Today we have this short drive video review of the non-turbo variant, and it may be a better buy if you mostly drive in the city.
The Nissan Magnite is off to a very positive start for the Japanese automaker since its launch in December 2020. The Magnite has already received over 32,000 bookings and Nissan has started delivering units to customers as well. The biggest reason for its success is its very aggressive pricing, it was launched with an introductory price tag of Rs 4.99 lakh, which was over a lakh cheaper than its compact SUV rivals. Even though the introductory price period has lapsed, the rest of the range is still priced the same and actually competes with hatchbacks like the Maruti Swift for prices. Today we have this short review of how the non-turbo Magnite drives.
The video has been uploaded by Aditya Narain on YouTube, where he takes a short drive of the non-turbo Nissan Magnite. As the vehicle is ready for a customer’s delivery, the vehicle could only be driven around the showroom premises. But it is enough to notice some of the strong points of the Magnite. The engine even without a turbo is torquey and doesn’t feel underpowered in general. It was even able to pull itself from idle in second gear. The driving controls are nicely weighted, the steering and the clutch is light and easy while the brakes provide a good feel. Overall if you’re using the Magnite mainly for city driving conditions, then you need not buy the turbo-version as the naturally aspirated model is good enough.
The Nissan Magnite gets upmarket features like LED DRLs and LED fog lamps, LED bi-projector headlights with LED turn indicators, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, roof rails, chrome waist moulding and rear-quarter window moulding, electrically foldable and adjustable ORVMs, and keyless entry and go.
Over to the interior, the Nissan Magnite variant gets 60:40 split rear seats, rear centre armrest, rear parking camera, push-button start/stop, multi-function steering wheel, 8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment with integrated Android Auto and Apple Carplay, and you get a 7-inch all-digital instrument console, climate control, “View Monitor” 360-degree camera system, and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), and power windows all around. If you are opting for the tech pack you get additional features like a JBL audio system, ambient lighting, puddle lamps, an air purifier, and wireless charging.
For safety, you get features like vehicle dynamic control, traction control, cruise control, and hydraulic brake assist. The Nissan Magnite in the video is powered by a 1.0 litre 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol which makes 72 PS of peak power and 96 Nm of max torque figures and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Prices for the Nissan Magnite range from Rs 5.49 lakh for the base model and goes up to Rs 9.97 lakh for the top variant.