Japanese manufacturer capitalises on successful sales
Nissan are in the throes of a revolution and their range now encompasses all styles of car to suit tastes, budget and practicality.
Starting from the smallest model, the Nissan Micra has been a stable feature of the brand since the 1980’s. Now of course it is even roomier than the original as the cute city car also comes with plenty of technology including their jazzy Nissan Connect system, rear parking sensors and it can be personalised to suit your style. Priced from £8,995 it is a great runabout, has oodles of space and is a comfortable drive but more over it will go further with less servicing and trouble that the first square one did all those years ago.
The Nissan Note is the hatchback aimed at those looking for something a bit bigger than the Micra. Sportier in looks with a low roofline, it can easily accommodate five adults and has a really decent sized boot. Now available on the Note is the Nissan Safety Shield technology which features Blind Spot and Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection. The handy Around View Monitor is also a great addition when parking giving you a bird’s eye view of the car. The entry level Note starts from £9,995.
The Pulsar is Nissan’s recent addition to their lineup and is a return to the popular hatchback segment. The five-door model midsize family hatchback has class-leading boot space at 1395-litres and has an impressive 692mm of rear legroom. With plenty of standard equipment, fuel efficient engines and CO2 emissions as low as 94g/km, then running costs are very good for the Pulsar which is priced from £15,995.
Ever thought that driving an electric car isn’t fun? Well, the LEAF is all about fun and makes driving really entertaining as you try to not use all the range and build trees on the display as you learn to drive economically: it really is a whole new experience! Benefits of the LEAF which start from £16,490, include it being Vehicle Excise Duty exempt and you won’t have to pay the Congestion Charge or have high fuel bills. Even taxi cabs around the world are going green with the LEAF.
Nissan e-NV200 Combi
Another all-electric offering is the e-NV200 COMBI van, which is not only highly practicable but highly efficient. If you’re looking for something larger than the LEAF, be it for passengers or cargo, then Nissan have come up with a very affordable, spacious solution costing from £17,855 and all you have to do is plug it in to give it a charge.
If you want to stand out from the crowd then the Nissan Juke is the model to go for. The crossover has recently been refreshed and includes plenty of personalisation options to give it even more attention-seeking looks. But for that all-out difference then the Juke NISMO RS will give you extra power, even larger brake discs, optional Recaro seats, sportier looks and hits the roads on December 1st.
A car that started the crossover revolution was Nissan’s most successful model, the Qashqai and the second generation got launched at the start of the year. Its predecessor sold over 2 million and the new version is looking like it will be as successful already. Striking and robust in looks with the dynamic v-shaped lines on the bonnet and lower stance, it is a very practical car with numerous configurations to use the boot space to its maximum and it is laden with advanced technology features including Nissan’s Intelligent Park Assist. Priced from £18,265 it has already won the WhatCar? Car of the Year 2014.
Larger than the Qashqai is the X-Trail which has been tackling inclines and rough terrain for a decade. Refreshed for 2014 it is longer, higher and wheelbase has been increased over the outgoing model. Accommodating seven people it offers plenty of space and the third row seats fold flat. If you want to drive it on awkward terrain then the All-Mode 4x4-i system will aid with traction and tackle it with ease. The new X-Trail starts at £22,995.
The letter Z has long been synonymous with Nissan and the 370Z also gets an another extra motor sport helping from the NISMO performance division. Now with 344PS and 363Nm of torque the popular sports car has undertaken several redesigns including a new front bumper and a smaller rear spoiler. Just as mouthwateringly appealing as its predecessor it is priced from £37,575 and comes with that glorious V6 purr...or growl.
The legendary GT-R is the model that has shone brightly in the Nissan range as the understated, yet highly performant supercar often referred to by enthusiasts as “Godzilla”. New for this year is the 600PS NISMO version which became the fastest four seat production car at the famous Nurburgring lapping in just 7 minutes 8 seconds. Only the Porsche 918 (with only two seats) is 11 seconds quicker but that costs as good as £500,000 compared to the £125,000 asking price for the GT-R NISMO. Both are still mind blowing.