Shake your booty
Especially if your boot is all you have going for you
away with the same thing in the more expensive and marginally less roomy Yaris, so could be proven wrong.
The Almera ST starts at $16,990 with a five-speed manual gearbox and features such as keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity and an auxiliary jack for the iPod. That price puts it up against the Hyundai Accent sedan. The Accent has the edge in specification, looks, performance and fuel use. It loses out in steering response, rear legroom and boot space.
Spend another $2000 and the Almera can be had with a four-speed auto rather than the five-speed manual. At that point it runs into the betterlooking Ford Fiesta, which comes with a six-speed dual-clutch auto and is our pick in this class for driving dynamics.
Invest $20,990 in an Almera Ti and there’s climate-control aircon, reverse parking sensors, alloy wheels in place of steel, fog lights and a rear lip spoiler.
A monochrome display shows fuel use, driving range and a service reminder. The sound system is basic but no worse than many rivals. A USB input would have been appreciated, though. The Almera isn’t the only light car with a four-speed auto but it certainly doesn’t flatter the 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine.
The Almera is far from the bestlooking Nissan in the
The boot is cavernous but limited by the fact the rear seats don’t fold down, ruling out the option of loading long objects, or a bike. The interior is well put together but looks and feels cheap with hard, textureless plastics and a silly storage slot above the glovebox that’s great for
City slicker: The plain vanilla Almera is built to a price