The Nissan Sunny was launched in 2011 and is an important model for Nissan in India. The Nissan Sunny is based on the same V platform which serves the Micra hatchback as well. However, ofcourse, it has been modified to take on the extra wheelbase and the extra length. The Sunny is a huge car and does have a good road presence. The Sunny might not have sharp design lines or look sexy, what it has in abundance is class, elegance and style. See the car pass by, and you will easily mistake it from a segment above. The front is dynamically beautiful with twin creases running on the bonnet. The side profile might be boring with the absence of any crisp shoulder or waist line or even bulging wheel arches, but the moment you lay your eyes on the rear, the Sunny does earn some extra brownie points. Unlike some of the sedans in this price bracket, the rear end treatment is pleasing to the eyes. Inside, the Sunny has more space than all the C segment cars and also goes to shame the more expensive D segment cars that are priced above Rs 12 lakh. Step in and you will be greeted with an airy cabin. Usage of light colored materials is done with a reason – to make the cabin look spacious.
Design cues seem to have been picked up from the Micra including the climate control console, air vents, inside door handles etc. We test drove the top end model which comes loaded to the brim with features like keyless entry, keyless start-stop, steering controls, electrically operated outside rear view mirrors, twin airbags, ABS, audio system (without USB), auto AC, rear fan vents for the passengers. At the same time though we feel that the steering could have been finished in better quality material – the same goes for the overall quality of plastics of the cabin. The Sunny is available with two engine options a petrol and the diesel. The petrol is a 1.5-litre HR15DE unit with 98 bhp. .At an ARAI rated 16.95kmpl, the Sunny petrol is also more efficient that other sedans like Manza, Vento, SX4, City and Linea. The diesel is a 1461cc 4 cylinder engine which has a fuel efficiency of 21.64 kmpl (ARAI). The petrol is extremely efficient and is also well priced, the diesel too delivers good mileage. The new launched Sunny automatic CVT is even more efficient. In petrol only the Sunny automatic gives 17.97 kmpl which is brilliant. The Sunny CVT uses same X-Tronic CVT as its sister car, the Renault Scala. The suspension is tuned keeping in mind the overall nature of the car – its comfortable without being too mushy and irons out most imperfections, undulations and pot holes. At the front, conventional MacPherson Struts do the job while at the rear, torsion bar does the honors. The steering is pretty light and though some might feel that it lacks the direct feel of some of the rivals, the Sunny nevertheless can be driving in a spirited manner. The Sunny is priced from Rs 5.9 lakhs to Rs 8.9 lakhs ex-showroom New Delhi. For your money you get a practical sedan which is spacious. For a detailed analysis read below.