Comparison : Nissan Magnite Automatic CVT vs Manual
Nissan has finally launched the new Magnite in India and the prices are quite attractive as they are much below than other current SUVs. The Nissan Magnite range starts from the 1.0 petrol but that is manual only as the 1.0 turbo petrol is the one to buy which has the CVT automatic option. Now Nissan is amongst the few to offer a proper automatic at this price since most SUVs are only available with manuals at this price plus also some have AMTs. Anyways back to the Magnite and in this article we will compare the CVT and the manual versions.
The Nissan Magnite Turbo gets a three cylinder turbo petrol which makes 98 bhp and 160Nm with the 5-speed manual while the CVT version has 98 bhp and 152Nm- which is slightly less than the manual. Both are available in the top-end versions though.
The manual Magnite is fun to drive no doubt since having a manual gearbox you slot gears yourself and are more involved. The 5-speed manual has slightly heavy shifts but the clutch is light. However one big change is the difference between the CVT and the manual is the turbo-lag. Turbo lag happens when you drive a car with a turbo and with a manual you have to downshift to get the best and in traffic you have to work with the lag. However, when on the highways you have more control with a manual and that is more fun.
Onto the CVT version and the CVT is the Nissan gearbox which has been used on other cars but for the Magnite the gearbox works well as it is well adapted to the car. A CVT gearbox is perfect for use in the city and in the Magnite, the automatic works very well. You can drive it in slow moving traffic and there is less lag while the shifts are smooth unlike an AMT or even a torque converter. The Magnite does not get paddle-shifters but it does get a sports mode and also you can hold gears. However while in the city the CVT is the better car on the highway, with a CVT, there is quite some noise and less acceleration while the gearbox takes time. A manual is more fun.
Efficiency - CVT vs Manual
When comparing with the manual and the CVT variants the manual is the more efficient car for sure. A CVT does impact fuel economy. The manual official mileage is 20kmpl while the CVT mileage is 17.7kmpl. However in real conditions expect 13-15 kmpl for the manual and 10kmpl for the CVT and a bit more if driven carefully. A CVT saps more fuel when driven hard as the revs rise but the speeds do not hence it is important to drive the CVT sedately for best fuel economy but that said the CVT is more efficient over the DCT automatic.
The Nissan Magnite is priced at Rs 6.9 starting for the turbo manual petrol while the CVT starts at Rs 7.8 lakh. The differences between the two gearbox options is around Rs 90,000 and despite the high price differences between the two, we still recommend the CVT version overall as while the manual is more fun to drive plus is cheaper, the CVT offers more ease of use and it is better to live with on a daily basis over the manual. The gearbox is also smooth and for the price, no other SUV offers a proper automatic like this! Currently all the other automatic SUVs are priced above the Rs 10 lakh barrier with prices going much higher so the Rs 9.3 lakh price for the top-end CVT represents the best buy in the Nissan Magnite range.
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