Nissan Magnite CVT Automatic Review - Mileage, Performance
Review of Nissan Magnite CVT Automatic
Finally we have driven the Magnite and it is the last new car to be launched this year. The Magnite is a compact SUV but Nissan is positioning it below the current segment toppers like the Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet or even the Tata Nexon. The Magnite is expected to be cheaper and that along with some other attributes would be the USP of this SUV. Come along with us for a detailed review.
How does it Look?
The Magnite dimensions stand at a length of 3994mm, width of 1758mm and height of 1572mm. It also has a solid ground clearance of 205mm. Hence in size terms it is very much comparable to other compact SUVs while in terms of looks, it is amongst the more youthful and sporty looking SUVs. Unlike the Brezza or XUV300, the Magnite is more curvy and also quite aggressively styled. The origins of the Magnite could traced to the Datssun Go-Cross concept hence the grille is a bit like that, however the design is like the Nissan Kicks but smaller and no less aggressive.
We like the big grille with the chrome lines on the sides of it plus the large headlamps that blend in well along with the big DRLs below. Everything is LED here and that includes the fog-lamps in the top-end trims. You also see a skid plate. The side view is a nice design with the cladding and interesting looking 16inch diamond cut alloys while the lines flowing from the tail-lamp further adds to the stance. You can see the cladding plus it has functional roof-rails. The rear styling is also impressive with a large Magnite badging and striking tail-lamps that create a wider look for the Magnite. Nissan offers many colours including dual-tone with use liking this blue with the white combo. Paint quality is very good.
What about the Interior?
Getting in the Magnite is easy and being based on the same platform as the Triber has the advantage that it has very good space. The cabin is airy despite the all black look plus the rear seat is very comfortable for two with more legroom/headroom over other compact SUVs. There is a centre armrest at the rear while it also gets AC vents. Three might be a squeeze though.
The design of the cabin is simple but sporty with the air vents which seem to designed as the same as a Lamborghini! The steering wheel is also sporty while you have an 8inch touch screen sitting in middle and a row of toggle switches below to use the climate control. The instrument cluster is also a digital one with a large TFT screen plus various designs for various screens which is impressive.
Quality is generally good but below a Sonet or Venue with some hard plastics.
In terms of features the Magnite gets a touch screen, Android Auto plus Apple CarPlay, 6 speaker music system, around view 360 degree camera including front camera, digital instrument cluster, steering controls including audio and cruise, push button start, rear ac vents, LED lamps etc. You have more features with the tech pack like wireless charging, air purifier, puddle lamps, ambient mood lighting. This pack is optional on all trims. The touch screen is nice to use and slick in operation while the camera screen from the camera is decent. The audio system is pretty good and we like the graphics on the instrument cluster.
How does it Drive?
The Magnite range will start with a 1.0 petorl which makes 70 bhp but the one that will sell the most is the turbo petrol which is a 1.0 turbo motor which makes 98 bhp and 152 Nm for the CVT automatic. Start it up and there are some 3 cylinder noise and vibrations coming through. However it is good news with the CVT automatic as it is very responsive and smooth for city use at low speeds. You get instant response and you can move in crawling traffic easily. The steering is also light plus the car has no visibility issues.
There are no dedicated paddle shifters but there is a sports mode on the gear lever and you can also put the gear lever on L mode to get the car hold onto lower gears when you are travelling in hills etc.
Back to the city and I loved the CVT and the smoothness which you get plus it is powerful enough. Out in the highway, there is less of the CVT noise but when pushed really hard, yes the engine does get noisy but only when pushed really hard. Else the gearbox is good for cruising. The CVT is much better than some AMTs and for this price, this is a big plus point for the Magnite.
The official mileage is 17.7 kmpl for the CVT Magnite but you will get 10-12 kmpl in the city and a bit more on the highway. The Magnite has a good suspension that handles potholes and rough roads well plus the excellent ground clearance is also in handy here.
Our Final Thoughts
We like the Magnite and it has lived up to our expectations. Nissan has made a good looking compact SUV that competes well in some key points. Space for one while the looks and the CVT automatic is another thing we liked. Yes it clearly lacks features like connected tech or a sunroof but with Nissan being expected to price it much lower than competition, that is something you can forgive. With the top-end CVT being expected at Rs 9.5 lakh, you get a good value for money compact SUV for the price.
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