Nis­san de­liv­ers

The Ti­ida lives up to high ex­pec­ta­tions, writes GRAHAMSMITH

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Used Cars 2006- 2008 Nissan Tiida -

THE Ti­ida had big shoes to fill when it re­placed the pop­u­lar Pul­sar, but it has shown it is more than ca­pa­ble of do­ing it. Sadly, the Pul­sar lost much of its gloss as it neared the end of the road, so it wasn’t sur­pris­ing Nis­san dumped the name and went for the quirky new one.

At the launch Nis­san promised the Ti­ida was a gi­ant leap for­ward, and it was in­deed. owned by Re­nault and the Ti­ida shared its un­der­pin­nings with the Re­nault Me­gane.

Nis­san promised the Ti­ida would be bet­ter than the Pul­sar and de­liv­ered on its prom­ise.

The Ti­ida was big­ger, more re­fined, more comfortable, bet­ter fin­ished and drove well.

The range was made up of ST sedan and hatch at the en­try point, the mid-range ST-L sedan and hatch, and the Ti sedan and Q hatch.

Power came from a 1.8-litre dou­ble over­head camshaft four­cylin­der en­gine with vari­able valve tim­ing. When work­ing at its peak it de­liv­ered 93kW at 5200 revs and 174Nm at 4800 revs, en­dow­ing it with spir­ited per­for­mance without be­ing sporty.

All mod­els but the Ti range­top­per came stan­dard with a sixspeed man­ual gear­box, but there was an op­tion of a four-speed auto. The Ti came stan­dard with the auto.

In­side, the Ti­ida was roomy and comfortable.

It was also well fin­ished with soft­feel ma­te­ri­als used on dash pad­ding, door trims and head­liner, topped off with pol­ished metal­lic fin­ishes that gave it a qual­ity look.

All mod­els were well equipped. Even the ST en­try mod­els had air­con­di­tion­ing, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, CD with four-speaker sound and power mir­rors.

The ST-L had ex­tra safety fea­tures, plus 15-inch al­loy wheels, power win­dows and Tri­cot seat trim.

At the head of the class the Ti sedan and Q hatch had a leather­trimmed steer­ing wheel, a blend of leather and cloth trim, an over­head con­sole and six speak­ers. PAY $14,000-$18,000 for an ST; add $1000 for an ST-L; or $3000 for a Ti or Q. COM­PLAINTS to cars­Guide about the Ti­ida have been few and far be­tween and gen­er­ally of a mi­nor na­ture. It seems there are no se­ri­ous flaws with the small Nis­san.

Good build qual­ity, com­bined with a re­li­able pack­age of en­gine, gear­box, driv­e­line and sus­pen­sion means lit­tle goes wrong.

Make the usual checks for ev­i­dence of a crash and poor re­pairs, and check for reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing. ALL mod­els have dual front airbags and seat­belt pre-ten­sion­ers. All mod­els above the base ST have cur­tain airbags for bet­ter all-round pro­tec­tion.

The Ti­ida also has an im­pres­sive ar­ray of ac­tive safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing anti-skid brakes, brake­force dis­tri­bu­tion and brake as­sist. THE Ti­ida is on the money in the small-car class with a fuel-econ­omy claim of 7.6 litres for 100km for the man­ual mod­els and 7.8 litres/ 100km for the au­tos. WELL-built, welle­quipped, eco­nom­i­cal small car with roomy in­te­rior, good safety.

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