The Nissan Sunny has always had its loyal band of followers who swear by its rear seat and its easy to drive character. Here is a car that does what everyone expects from a midsize sedan. Its comfortable, has an efficient diesel engine and its light controls make it easy to live with. However with new competition like the Honda City, buyers wanted more - more style, better looks, more features, etc; and which is where the new 2014 Nissan Sunny comes in. Nissan have updated various aspects of the car by giving it a new look exterior and interior and new features while keeping the strengths of the previous Sunny. The 2014 Nissan Sunny continues its line-up of petrol and diesel engine with the petrol having the CVT AT gearbox and diesel being more efficient. The 2014 Sunny has three trim levels namely XE, XL and XV with the XV having further two premium packs. We think the Sunny, in comparison with others at this price point, offers more space plus now looks really good with premium styling. The Nissan Sunny seems to be excellent value now.
As said before, the Nissan Sunny continues its previous line-up of engine which, if you ask us, is no bad thing. The 1498 cc petrol makes 98 bhp and has a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox. The petrol engine is smooth and offers good performance which makes driving easy in traffic. We drove the CVT version and while in city you cannot discount the ease of driving it, asking for more means it gets a bit noisy and you get the feeling this is not for spirited driving. Still it performs well on the efficiency front being more efficient than the petrol manual (17.97 kpl vs. 16.95 kpl).
Switching over to diesel made the drive a lot better and be in no doubt that this is the pick of the Sunny range. 84 bhp may not sound like that much but on the road its performance surprises you. This is a gem of a diesel engine with its strong performance and negligible turbo-lag. It does not require much downshifts to keep it going and the clutch is light as well. The refinement is also improved and Nissan have also squeezed out 22.71 kmpl mileage which again will appeal to many. When it comes to ride and and handling the Sunny comes across as more suitable for cruising and attacking the concrete jungle. The controls of the 2014 Sunny are very light which makes the car easy to drive plus the ride is very good.
The bigger changes done to the 2014 Sunny are all design wise with the aggressive new front getting all the attentions. We like the new look front which gives it some much needed presence. Updates at the front include new bigger Teana like headlamps, bigger grille with chrome, new front bumper and chrome surround for the fog lamps. The side has new side view mirrors and new alloys. Move to the rear and it——s no longer as bulbous as before courtesy a new rear bumper plus the smart new tail-lamps are good looking too. Nissan wants the premium look for this car and has introduced a classy new black colour plus small details like changing the position of the antenna goes a long way in making this car better looking.
Inside Nissan has changed the boring interior colour scheme of the previous version with new ones. The top-end variants have features like leather seats and leather wrapped steering/gear knob which adds to the premium touch. Design wise you would notice the new sporty three-spoke steering wheel, new centre console with the piano black finish, new steering controls and a piano black cluster with silver accents. We like it. We also like that the Sunny has an enormous amount of rear legroom easily beating others in its class in this area. The seat is comfy and for those who want to be chauffeur driven its perfect. The rear fan does its job well for rear seat passengers and upfront during the air-con performed really well. When it comes to features the 2014 Sunny has auto AC, push button start, rear fan, rear parking sensors, rear view camera, rear audio control system, steering mounted audio controls and handsfree, driver seat height adjust, 12v accessory socket and follow me home headlamps among others. Also 2014 Nissan Sunny has driver airbag and ABS+EBD, brake assist as standard in all variants with the top-end variants having the passenger and side airbags.
In the end you have to say that Nissan has done a great job of updating the Sunny. It——s a good looking, feature rich and spacious sedan which does exactly what the Indian sedan buyer wants. The new styling massively adds to the premium feeling while new features make up-to date with its rivals. Yet it——s the comfy rear seat and combination of an efficient yet punchy diesel engine which really appeals to us. Thus the 2014 Nissan Sunny thus makes for a complete package and anyone buying a midsize sedan should give this one a serious look.