The Nissan Magnite has been launched with an aggressive price tag. Today, we compare it against the best selling Maruti Swift to get a better picture.
Nissan just launched its brand new Magnite compact SUV with an attention-grabbing introductory starting price of Rs 4.99 lakh. The brand’s hopes of a successful future in the Indian auto market will lie on the Magnite being a hit or miss, after having a very up and down history. But Nissan won’t be getting an open goal to score, as the subcompact SUV segment is one of the most hotly contested spaces in the market today. The Magnite will rival the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Vitara Brezza, and the Kia Sonet which was released recently as well. It hopes its much cheaper starting price will garner traction among prospective buyers.
In fact, The Nissan Magnite is a whopping Rs 1 lakh cheaper than its direct rivals spec for spec. To check a similarly priced alternative, you’ll have to go to the hatchbacks and we have got the Maruti Swift today for price comparison. Now if you are in the market for a Magnite then a Swift won’t be on your radar, but they are more similar than you would think. Both the vehicles share similar dimensions being under 4-metres long so interior space would be identical. The difference is that the Magnite is what you call a crossover, which gives the raised view and stance of an SUV without actually being one. And it is proving very successful for the automakers when you look at the sheer amount of these vehicles people are buying.
Prices for the Maruti Swift start from Rs 5.19 lakh, and the Nissan Magnite undercuts that by Rs 20,000. It has to be noted though that the Magnite’s Rs 4.99 lakh starting price is only an introductory offer valid till the end of this year. Only when you start checking the mid-level variants that the Magnite starts getting expensive, topping out at Rs 9.97 lakh for the XV Premium trim compared to the Swift’s top ZXI+ AMT price of Rs 8.02 lakh. This gap is expected considering they compete in two separate categories altogether. All prices are ex-showroom respectively.
But do not think that because the Nissan Magnite is much cheaper than its direct rivals, it is missing out on features. On the contrary, it comes loaded with things like a multi-functional steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with in-built Apple Carplay and Android Auto for the centre-console, a 7-inch TFT instrument console, and around view monitor display on the screen. It also gets a push-button start/stop system, power windows, automatic AC, rear AC vents, cruise control, etc.
The Nissan Magnite can be specced with a 1-litre 3 cylinder N/A petrol which makes 81 PS/96 Nm of peak power and torque figures which is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. You can also go for the 1-litre 3-pot turbo-petrol makes figures of 100 PS/160 Nm with the 5-speed manual and 100 PS/ 152Nm when paired to the CVT auto.