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2021 Nissan Magnite 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol review, first drive

Does the more affordable variation of the Magnite however supply a sturdy overall offer?

It is been just about a 12 months due to the fact the Nissan Magnite was released in India and shook up the compact SUV phase. We have already driven the absolutely loaded turbo-petrol variation, and it left us pretty amazed. But now we get to expertise the more affordable, in a natural way aspirated variation for the initial time. Is it as easy to recommend as its costlier turbocharged counterpart? That’s what we are here to come across out.

Nissan Magnite one. B4D: motor and efficiency

Let us commence with the motor, which is the most important alter on this variation of the Magnite. Underneath the hood lies a one.-litre, three-cylinder in a natural way aspirated (NA) petrol motor, codenamed B4D. As you would anticipate, at 72hp and 96Nm, it is noticeably down on the two the energy and torque of the turbo-petrol motor (by 28hp and 64Nm). However, to Nissan’s credit, the Magnite one. feels pretty sleek when you pull absent from a standstill and the energy is delivered in a linear fashion.


That said, this motor is not the punchiest device out there, specially presented that peak energy and torque arrive in pretty high in the rev selection. This results in the Magnite emotion pretty lethargic when caught in the mid selection, and in order to get the finest out of the motor you have to get the job done the gearbox a honest bit. Revving it as well high also has little influence, ensuing in a great deal of noise without as well significantly development. Stay inside the engine’s consolation zone, however, and you will come across there is sufficient efficiency on supply for the everyday commute. At highway speeds, however, the Magnite one. NA feels strained and a bit out of its component.

Talking of the gearbox, we drove the 5-velocity handbook variation. This device is not the slickest in operation and what doesn’t also assist is the biting point of the clutch, which requires some receiving applied to. Furthermore, although the Magnite does share its powertrains with its sibling – the Renault Kiger – it misses out on the AMT automated gearbox that is made available with the one.-litre NA in the Kiger. This hampers its enchantment as a metropolis vehicle to an extent, as more and more consumers are opting for the benefit of an automated in the urban ecosystem. 

Nissan Magnite one. B4D: trip and managing

In the trip department, this iteration of the Magnite is pretty comparable to the turbo-petrol variant. There is a firm edge to the trip, which functions effectively when travelling at velocity as it smoothens out practically all the imperfections that arrive its way and feels pretty steady. Though, on the flip facet, at lower speeds the trip is a touch on the choppy facet, thanks to this underlying firmness, and bigger potholes do filter in. Cabin insulation is also not terrific, and on undesirable patches of street, apart from a honest quantity of tyre roar, you can listen to the suspension doing the job absent. This offers a sense that the suspension isn’t as strong as it in fact is.


There is yet another good to the a little firm established-up, and that is the managing. The Magnite’s body roll is pretty nicely contained and it handles the twisty roads effectively. The steering doesn’t deliver a great deal of comments, nor is it incredibly rapid, however it feels great and light-weight at reduced speeds.

Nissan Magnite one. B4D: exterior, inside and characteristics

Design intelligent, Nissan has kept the two versions of the Magnite equivalent, with their badging staying the only way of discerning them visually. This is a incredibly fantastic matter, thinking about the Magnite appears to be like incredibly good and effectively-proportioned. The smooth headlight, hexagonal grille and ‘L’ formed DRLs give it a exceptional and incredibly recognisable id. In profile, you can also see the sharp creases and pronounced cladding around the wheel arches that incorporate character to the Magnite. The rear appears to be like incredibly neat and I relatively like the clean lines of the sculpted tail-lights and boot lid.


Stage inside the cabin and you’ll be greeted by a effectively laid-out dashboard with a contemporary seem. There are some neat style and design touches like the hexagonal AC vents that seem like they could belong in a Lamborghini, the local weather command screens that are effectively integrated into the rotary adjustment dials, the 7.-inch electronic instrument cluster and the cost-free-standing eight.-inch infotainment (which by the way is pretty responsive and easy to use).


There are also some great characteristics on supply like keyless entry and go, automated local weather command, the 360-degree digital camera (which isn’t the clearest), and wireless Android Automobile and Apple CarPlay connectivity (which is a bit temperamental to use). There are also a number of easy storage areas around the cabin, like a massive glovebox and massive cup holders, however the fixed front centre armrest feels like a missed prospect for yet another storage space. The way the sprint is recessed and the central console is put reduced also give a terrific sense of space for a vehicle of this measurement.

An place where the Magnite is lacking is quality of supplies. Although they are for the most part appropriate for the price tag, there are rivals in the sector that not only come to feel far better appointed but also far better screwed alongside one another. Things like the exposed steering rack in the driver’s footwell also don’t assist the perceived quality. Just one large exception here is the denim-like cloth Nissan has applied on the several elbow rests around the cabin – it is a premium emotion touch in an normally uninteresting and lacklustre cabin.


The front seats supply a fantastic watch out and are effectively cushioned, offering fantastic amounts of consolation. Rear seats are also pretty comfortable, offering a good deal of space (even for taller passengers) and fantastic concentrations of less than thigh assistance. 

Nissan Magnite one. B4D: price tag and verdict


Just one of the most important appeals of the Magnite one. NA has to be its price tag. Starting off at Rs 5.71 lakh for the foundation XE trim and going up to Rs 7.85 lakh for the best-spec XV High quality trim (ex-showroom, Delhi), this iteration of the Magnite features some real bang for your buck. There are number of hatchbacks that can deliver this stage of package and space for the exact price tag, let on your own compact SUVs. However, this in a natural way aspirated motor definitely struggles to supply sturdy efficiency. This doesn’t issue as significantly when looking for a everyday commuter to use in the metropolis, however, as an SUV to use for very long length travelling, it is a limitation. The deficiency of an automated gearbox option with this motor does also damage its probable as an urban runabout, but if it is sheer worth you’re right after, the Magnite B4D is tricky to defeat.