2022 Nissan Almera VL N-Sport:Portability Reinvented

In the past, I used to be disinterested in driving subcompacts, thinking the services back then were so boring that they never brought anything new technologically. One such car is the Nissan Almera, whose interior is made of plastic bottles. Given the Nissan Almera price as well as its performance, we think it is of a high cost-performance ratio.

This time around, Nissan has denied all my judgments, as the Japanese automaker has given the Almera 2022 model a sharper look and a bunch of new tech to go with it. Nissan’s popular V-motion design motif on the front end, extending from the hood to the grille and black accents on the bumper, nicely complements the sharper headlights. The side panels are clean, with an extended and aligned line on the door handles, as well as the rear. The overall design package has been thought out to really shine in sunlight, especially with the black test unit lent me for review.

The test unit, an Almera VL N-Sport, is fitted with matching front and rear bumper extensions, 16-inch wheels, LED fog lights, as well as silver accents, which complement the new design. and feels premium.

The upgrades also extend to the interior and it’s a great place to sit. Former owners of the Almera will notice that it currently lacks rear air-conditioning vents, but in return you get more trunk space. While the Almera 2022 still uses plastic for most of the trim, this time you’ll get plenty of soft materials, with stitched black leather seats. The front seats, if they are soft to the touch, are enough to hold the driver and passenger firmly in place.

The rear is a similar story, and they’re soft to make the rear occupants comfortable despite the upright seats. You can also fold the rear seats for more cargo space. Sound is also appropriately isolated, thanks to a new windshield and acoustic damping material on certain areas of the vehicle. Leather seats and soundproofing might make sense for Almera; Nissan has focused on passenger and driver comfort, especially on long journeys, and it shows.

Before I talk about what it does, let me take a look at the engine specs – a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder. Power can be as low as 100 hp, but having a smaller engine allows for lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles and better performance. Power is available as soon as you step on the gas from idle, thanks to 160 Nm of torque at 2400 rpm delivered by a CVT continuously variable transmission.

Overall, it’s a pleasure to drive, thanks to its quick power delivery; and the handling – although perhaps not the most strained – is so pleasant that it doesn’t have to be too much effort.

To improve efficiency, an idling start/stop function is provided as standard, but is not recommended on very hot days. The air conditioning system shuts down as soon as the engine stops idling, which means you’re stuck in traffic with a fan blowing in your face. Fortunately, the air conditioner is cool enough to keep it cold for longer. This feature effectively brightens the vehicle and has a positive effect on fuel economy. I drove about 11 kilometers per liter in the city and almost 20 on the highway during the review.

Safety features are also a plus on the Almera, as it comes with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a 360-degree camera, and an anti-lock braking system. hard brakes as well as six airbags. The 8-inch NissanConnect infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay support, as well as Bluetooth and USB, though I wish Android Auto was included in this system as standard.

While it might be a bit pricier in its segment at P1,098k, the Almera 2022 offers more for its money, and that’s a huge improvement in quality, looks, and equipment. technology compared to previous year models. What Nissan has brought us this time is something exciting for the passenger car segment, as well as for the brand.

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