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Reviewed: Nissan Magnite 1.0B4D

By Himanshu Walia | Published: 28 Dec' 21 | Updated: 27 Jan' 22


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Is The Nissan Magnite more cheap variant still a well-rounded product in terms of features and performance?

 

Because the Nissan Magnite made its debut in India a little over a year ago, the compact SUV category has been completely transformed. We've previously had the opportunity to test drive the fully outfitted turbo-petrol variant, and we were rather impressed. 

 

However, this is the first time we've had the opportunity to drive the more economical, naturally aspirated variant. Is it as straightforward to endorse as its more expensive turbocharged equivalents? That is exactly what we are here to discover.

Nissan Magnite 1.0B4D Review:

Engine and performance

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The engine is the most significant difference between this model of the Nissan Magnite and the original. The engine, designated B4D, is a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder naturally aspirated (NA) petrol engine with a displacement of 1.0 liters. 

 

As you might guess, with 72 horsepower and 96 Newton-meters of torque, it provides much less power and torque than the turbo-petrol engine (by 28hp and 64Nm). Nissan, on the other hand, deserves respect for making the Magnite 1.0 seem extremely smooth while pulling away from a stop, and for delivering power in a linear fashion.

 

Having said that, this engine is not the most powerful unit available, especially given the fact that peak power and torque are generated at a relatively high RPM. If you're stuck in mid-range, the Nissan Magnite will seem a little languid, and you'll have to work the gearbox hard to get the most out of the engine. 

 

The Nissan Magnite also has a minimal effect when the engine is revved up too much, resulting in a lot of noise but little progress. If you stay inside of the magnite car engine's comfort zone, though, you will discover that there is sufficient performance to get you through your daily travel.

 

At highway speeds, the Nissan Magnite 1.0 NA, on the other hand, feels stretched and a little out of its zone.

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the transmission, we tested the 5-speed manual transmission of Nissan Magnite 1.0B4D. The operation of this machine is not the smoothest, and the bite point of the clutch, which requires some getting accustomed to, does not help matters. 

 

Furthermore, while the Nissan Magnite shares its powertrains with its brother, the Renault Kiger, it does not come equipped with the AMT automatic transmission that is available with the 1.0-litre NA engine in the Renault Kiger.

 

While this does limit its attractiveness as a city car to some extent, the convenience of an automatic transmission in urban environments is becoming increasingly popular among customers.

Ride and handling

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The ride quality of this version of the Nissan Magnite is very comparable to that of the turbo-petrol version. While the ride has a firm edge to it, The Nissan Magnite is fairly stable and works well when driving at high speeds because it smoothes out practically all of the irregularities that come its way while remaining quite steady. 

 

On the other hand, because of the underlying stiffness, the ride of Nissan Magnite is a little rough at lower speeds, and bigger potholes do start to show up from time to time. Aside from a decent amount of tire noise, you can notice the suspension working hard on rough roads and in bad weather conditions.

 

There is a false impression that the suspension is less durable than it actually is.

 

Another advantage of the slightly stiff set-up is the control, which is a major plus. The body roll of Nissan Magnite is kept to a minimum, and it performs admirably on twisting roads and in tight spaces. Even at low speeds, the steering does not provide a great deal of sensation and is not very swift, however, it does feel smooth and light.

Interior and Exterior

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From a design standpoint, Nissan has made both models of the Magnite virtually similar, with the only obvious distinction between them being their badges. This is particularly advantageous in light of the fact that the Magnite appears to be both stylish and well stacked. 

 

The slim headlight, hexagonal grille, and 'L' shaped daytime running lights give Nissan Magnite a distinct and instantly recognizable appearance. In profile, you can clearly see the strong creases and prominent cladding around the wheel arches that give the Magnite its distinctive look and personality. 

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The rear of the vehicle appears to be quite well-designed, and I particularly like the clean lines of the sculpted taillights and boot lid.

Nissan Magnite

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When you enter the cabin, you'll be welcomed by a well-organized dashboard that has a contemporary appearance. Here and there are some nice design touches, such as the hexagonal air conditioning vents that look like they are in in a Lamborghini, the climate control screens that are cleverly integrated into the rotary adjustment dials, the digital instrument cluster on the center stack, and the free-standing 8.0-inch infotainment screen (which by the way is quite responsive and easy to use).

 

The Nissan Magnite is equipped with a number of convenient features, such as keyless entry and start-up, automated climate control, a 360-degree camera (which isn't the clearest), and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as keyless entry and start-up (which is a bit unpredictable to use). 

 

The Magnite Car also included plenty of useful storage compartments throughout the cabin, including a large glovebox and many cup holders, albeit the fixed front middle armrest appears to have been sacrificed for the sake of adding another storage compartment. 

 

Moreover, for a vehicle of this size, the dash has been lowered and the center console has been set low, creating an excellent sensation of interior space.

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The quality of the materials used by the Nissan Magnite is one area in which it falls short. However, while they are generally adequate for the price, there are competitors in the industry that not only appear better appointed but are also more solidly constructed. 

 

Elements like the bare steering rack in the driver's footwell, for example, detract from the overall impression of high quality. One notable exception is the denim-like fabric that Nissan Magnite has used on the different elbow rests throughout the cabin — it adds a quality sense to what is generally a drab and uninspired interior.

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The front seats of the Magnite car have a decent view and are nicely padded, so they provide a reasonable degree of support and comfort. Additionally, the back seats are fairly comfortable, with plenty of legroom and adequate amounts of under-thigh comfort (even for taller people).

Price

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One of the most compelling aspects of the Nissan Magnite 1.0 B4D is its affordable price. From Rs 5.71 lakh for the entry-level XE trim all the way up to Rs 7.85 lakh for the top-of-the-line Nissan Magnite XV Premium trim (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi), this version of the Magnite provides excellent value for money. 

 

There aren't many hatchbacks or compact SUVs that can match this level of equipment and spaciousness for the money, let alone compact SUVs. This normally aspirated engine, on the other hand, has a difficult time providing robust performance. 

 

Although the Nissan Magnite 1.0B4D is not a significant consideration when shopping for a regular commuter to use in the city, it is a consideration when looking for an SUV to use for longer journeys. 

 

When it comes to this engine, the lack of an automatic transmission severely limits its potential as an urban runabout. However, if price alone is important, the Nissan Magnite 1.0B4D is difficult to beat.

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