This company is one of the highly acclaimed manufacturers of the automobile industry, who have always produced units that are top notch. Looking at the specs of one of its off-springs, the Nissan Evalia , one would know why this company settles only for perfection and nothing less. The appearance of this four wheeler is a classic example of an MPV, that can be designed as good as it can be. If reasons are to be mentioned, the body colored bumpers, outside mirrors and door handles stay in tune with the entire appearance. While the set of alloy wheels is a perk to the fully chipped exterior finishing. Can something which is as spectacular as this creature from outside can disappoint you when cracked in? Well it cannot be otherwise, the insides are well furnished with multiple constituents and makes it a perfect place to sit in and ride. A trip meter is available to give the drive information on the multi-information display, which is available in a color display. The performance of this MPV is attributed to the advanced suspension that it possesses with equipments such as, McPherson strut and a multi-leaf mechanism. There are many add ons offered that are not usually available in other offerings in its category. Even the mileage falls in consent with its positive performance and delivers an impressive 19.3 Kmpl, under standard driving conditions. This though, is not a racer, still has the potential for a race effect ride with a capacity to breach a speed of 130 to 150 Kmph and can touch the 100 Km mark in about 17.5 seconds. Available as six and seven seaters which have adjusting facilities, this MPV is a family friendly vehicle for accommodating many occupants under the same roof. With a huge luggage space in the trunk as well as storage capacity in the cabin, it can be considered as a travel friendly vehicle as well as it will be immensely helpful in undertaking long journeys. To rely upon on just the driving skills is good but not too helpful in all conditions. When one comes across a dire adversity, the vehicle too must play its role in handling the situation and for this, this series has perfect technology to use under all possible threats, not even theft is possible, as it is integrated with an engine immobilizer as well. This is made possible by equipping safety components that are far too strong to overrule. The robust body of this model is impenetrable and can be sufficiently assumed that it is unbeatable as well. The air conditioning that takes care of every nook and corner of the entire cabin with the help of AC vents that are fitted in the second and third rows as well. This performer gives a spectacular performance on the freeways as well as amongst crowded streets as it is equipped with a powerful engine. It is available in six bright shades to pick from and the paint selection can only improve the already flawless canvass the body possesses. Pertaining to the very crucial braking mechanism, it has the standard disc and drum setup, but at the same time as it is a people's mover, the company has also added the advanced ABS with EBD along with brake assist. With regards to entertainment on the move, the company has equipped this MPV with a wonderful audio unit, which can play MP3/CD, has a Radio FM tuner and also supports external USB based devices. This helps in enjoying the music that spreads equally all around with four speakers offered. The XE+ trim has a 1DIN unit with a single CD player, Radio and a couple of speakers, which can be upgraded at an additional cost. Last but not the least, this vehicle has a standard warranty of 2 years of 50000 Kms, whichever is earlier. Apart from this, the authorized dealers also offer an extended warranty that will be another couple of years or 80000 Kms. Another significant aspect is the roadside assistance, which can be availed at any time of the day or night by calling the toll free number. This type of efficient after sales service will certainly decrease the headache of the buyers and also lure them into buying this utility vehicle.
The outer structure of this vehicle is composed of many elements that are intricately placed to make this vehicle look like a great body. The bumpers, both the front and rear ones are layered in body color. The wide grille is a silver radiator, or radiator grille with chrome finish or a premium grille depending upon the variant you chose. The side profile is styled by the outside rear view mirrors on both sides, which too are in tune with the body shade. These can be electronically adjustable for added convenience. The door handles are in body color for all the variants in this model series. When it comes to the rear end, the windscreen is fitted with a wiper and furthermore a defogger is integrated. There is a rear spoiler too which adds style to the overall image. The back door has been given a chrome finisher. The base variants are fitted with steel wheels with full wheel covers, while the higher trims have been bestowed with a set of stylish alloy wheels. And then, all the glasses are tinted.
Its length is 4425mm for the top end trim, while all the other variants measure about 4400mm. The overall width is 1700mm including both the external mirrors and stands at a height of 1860mm. The wheelbase of 2725mm is quite roomy and can take in several passengers with ease. The ground clearance is 180mm for the XE, XE+, XL trims, while all the remaining variants have 174mm clearance.
Ed's Take: The interiors of the Evalia has spacious and is fairly loaded with features. Even the quality is decent. Evalia is very high on practicality with sliding doors and a low floor for loading. The sliding doors makes it easy to open when parking is in tight spots.
The insides are decorated with components that enhance the convenience of the occupants. There is an instrument cluster fitted into the dashboard in which there is a tachometer and a tripmeter as well and furthermore, it has a multi-information color display system. The 12V power outlet which is fitted into this series, can be utilized for charging gadgets. The inside door handles are in silver finishing which adds to the styling. As a standard feature, there is an inside rear view mirror. A room lamp is fitted in the front part of the cabin, while the rear part is fitted with a reading lamp. The driver's seat has got double armrests and the seat can be single folding as well as sliding. All the three row seats have been fitted with headrests, which have adjustable facility to them. The second row is tiltable and turnable in 60:40 ratio as and when needed, whereas the third row has a sliding function in 50:50 ratio and a reclining facility to it as well. The top end trims have wooden finish on the cluster in the console. The central console has given an additional storage box as well as a storage tray.
The comfort section of this series has been well addressed by fitting multiple components into the cabin. There is an air conditioning unit, which is manually regulated and has vents in the second and third row as well for better circulation of cabin temperature. The higher variants have been fitted with parking sensors to the rear for which there is a camera display assistance too. The audio 2-DIN has AM/FM, CD,MP3 with USB that can be enjoyed with the four speakers that are fitted into its cabin. Central locking system is available in all the trims except for the lower two variants, XE and XE+. There is a keyless entry with intelligent key in the higher trims. The inside rear view mirror has got an anti-dazzling effect to it. The second row has a sliding window, whereas the front power window has a one-touch auto down function. The steering has a tilting facility to it. And then, there is a sent back snack tray with cup holder offered in all the trims.
The cabin is quite spacious and has an impressive head and shoulder space, which is very much looked for especially in a multi purpose vehicle. It is offered in six seating and seven seating as well. It has a very impressive wheelbase of 2725mm which accommodates roomy leg space. After folding the third row seats, it has a luggage capacity of 2100 litres. Additionally, it can be increased to 2900 litres by folding the middle row seats as well. Furthermore, it has a fuel tank capacity of 55 litres, which is quite good for longer journeys.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Ed's Take: The acceleration of the Evalia is good enough for its size, and it doesn’t feel like a large MPV and more like a hatchback. You do not feel the need to shift gears often even when driving in city.
This motor, the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine, when accelerated can attain a speed range of 130 to 150 Kmph and this is considered to be rather good for a multi purpose vehicle. Additionally, it proves to be right when we termed this vehicle to be a good tumbler as it reaches the 100 Kmph mark in 17.5 seconds approximately.
Engine and Performance
Ed's Take: The engine on the Evalia doesn’t have that extra punch for quick overtakes, but is very much drivable and can be driven without any kind of stress in city or even on the highways.
This MPV, has been equipped with a 1.5-litre, K9K diesel engine, which is mated with the standard common rail based direct injection fuel supply system. It contains four cylinders that have a total of eight valves and is based on a single overhead camshaft valve configuration. It has a potential to generate a power of 84.8bhp at 3750rpm and can generate a peak torque output of 200Nm at 1900rpm. It is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission gear box, which helps in providing torque to the front wheels.
Ed's Take: The K9K engine is known for its mileage and the Evalia delivers the same. This is one of the most frugal engines in its segment.
Possessing a 1.5-litre, dCi engine, it is expected by the manufacturer to suit the Indian travelling conditions. It can squeeze about 19.3 Kmpl on highways, whereas in the city limits, it settles at around 15.8 Kmpl. For MPVs, which are heavy and take in heavier load as well are against the fuel economy during longer expeditions, whereas this too has been overcome by this model, which is quite notable.
Power of Nissan Evalia
Ed's Take: The power delivery of the Nissan Evalia is linear and there is no turbo lag. This engine has good drivability.
The entire working depends on the power a vehicle can exhibit and it cannot be overlooked by any customer. This has been kept in mind by the designers quite well and it can be assumed only by the convincing 84.8bhp power it can generate at 3750rpm and a 200Nm peak torque output at 2000rpm. This can be the result of the common rail direct injection fuel supply system that it features and the five-speed manual transmission that is mated to the engine. It has a displacement of 1461cc.
Stereo & Accessories
Ed's Take: The Evalia gets in-dash music system, reverse parking camera, front power windows as features. It also gets sliding windows for the rear and wooden faux for the interiors.
The base variant (XE+) is integrated with a 1-DIN audio system which supports radio and CD player as well. Whereas the other higher end trims have been bestowed with an audio unit of 2-DIN AM/FM, CD plus MP3 as well and also supports USB too. There are four speakers (XE+ has only 2 speakers) that are offered, out of which two are fixed in the front of the cabin, while the other two are fitted to the rear part, which ensures equal distribution of sound inside the cabin. Furthermore, the trims can be customized by decking additional accessories into the vehicle such as Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, leather upholstery for the seats, spoilers and body decals as per personal preference.
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Braking & Handling
Ed's Take: The ride on the Evalia is very much sorted and even the handling isn’t bad. The best part of driving the Evalia is that it feels like a sedan, and can be easily steered in tight lanes, despite its dimensions.
The entire performance solely depends upon the suspension as it holds the root of the functioning system that a vehicle possesses, and for this, MPV has been equipped with McPherson strut to the front axle. While the rear axle is fixed with multi leaf rigid type which gives better balance over the drive. When it comes to the braking system, the front wheels are fitted with disc brakes and the rear wheels are fixed with the standard drum brakes. Furthermore, the entire braking mechanism has been raised strong by integrating advanced functions like an anti-lock braking system with an electronic brake force distribution with brake assist as well. It is a standard feature across all the variants in this series.
Safety & Security
Ed's Take: The Evalia gets safety features like ABS and dual airbags. Even the third row seats gets seat belts.
The safety quotient of this MPV series has been bestowed with an advanced braking mechanism of an anti-lock braking system which is mated with an electronic brake-force distribution along with a brake assist as well. Apart from the XE variant, all other trims have been fitted with an airbag to the co-passenger as well apart from just to the driver seat. The engine immobilizer, which assists in avoiding theft related worries by assuring to freeze the engine when any unauthorized access is detected. But an intelligent key to the immobilizer is offered only to the higher trims. Additionally, there are a pair of fog lamps fitted in the front bumper. All these and many more such aspects certainly makes this MPV, one of the most sought after vehicle in its segment.
There are 15 inch alloy wheels offered for the higher trims that styles the outer image immensely. These are covered with 185/65 R15 sized tubeless radial tyres. Whereas the other variants are equipped with a set of strong 14 inch steel wheels that are offered full wheel covers to them as well. These are covered with 165/70 R14 sized tubeless tyres.
1. The fuel economy is decent for this category.
2. Initial buying cost is rather reasonable.
3. Spacious interiors with ample leg and shoulder room.
4. Suspension and handling is proficient making it agile and stable at all times.
5. The sliding doors make it easy for passengers to get in or out.
1. There can be changes done to its interiors to make it more classy.
2. The number of comfort aspects are quite less.
3. Overall exterior structure is too boxy and regular.
4. Authorized dealerships and service stations need to increase in the country.
5. Owing to its massive structure, maneuvering on smaller city roads can be a challenge.
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