The Road Ahead : April 2011
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD APR/MAY 2011 56 nissan tiida, 2006-2009 (series 1 & 2) REVIEW JOHN EWING It's practical and reliable, but don't expect much charisma or excitement from the oddly-named Nissan. NEED HELP? RACQ CAN HELP WITH CAR FINANCE (CALL 1300 361 316), VEHICLE INSPECTIONS (CALL 13 1905) AND INSURANCE (CALL 13 1905). MOTORING USED CAR REVIEW IT NEVER ACHIEVED the popularity with buyers of its predecessor, the well- loved Pulsar. So with lower retained values than some of its more desirable competitors, the Tiida could prove a more affordable used transport option. Tii da could be had in sedan or five- door hatch body styles. The entry level (and biggest seller) was the relatively sparsely equipped ST. It scores dual front airbags, 15" steel wheels, airconditioning and CD. The hatch also gets a split-fold rear seat. ABS wasn't standard until the series 2 from early 2007. For extra features and safety gear there's the middle ground ST-L or the top-shelf versions, the Q hatch and Ti sedan. Tiida's equipment omissions include no lap-sash centre rear seatbelt (it's lap- only) in all hatches, and in sedan until an update in 2007, no stability control, no curtain airbags (until series 3 in 2010), and tilt-only steering. A 1.8-litre, all-aluminium, four- cylinder petrol engine, jointly developed with Renault, was common to all versions and transmission choice was a six-speed manual or four-speed auto. With a humble 93 kW and 174 Nm, performance is certainly acceptable but won't set pulses racing either. The engine gets rowdy though when asked to offer its best efforts. Tiida offers mostly comfortable and tidy ride quality, while handling and steering are competent enough though lack the polish of the best the class can offer. Tiida shines for its interior space. There's plenty of head and leg room, even for rear passengers, though rear width is tight for three adults. The boot is a handy size too. Generally speaking, reliability appears to be another attribute. The odd oil leak could be encountered. Many Tiidas started life in company or rental fleets so they may have higher than average kilometres and have been well serviced or 'driven by many and cared for by few'. Look for a proper service history and always have a professional pre-purcha ase inspection. UNDER THE PUMP Tiida will use between 7.5 litres and 11 litres of fuel every 100 km, depending on model and driving conditions. PRICE RANGE From $11,900 to $20,700, depending on year and model. COMPETITIORS HONDA CIVIC, 2006-2009 Quality look and feel. Sedan only. Willing, free-revving 1.8-litre engine, but trails class leaders performance- wise. Manual or optional auto, both five-speed. Pleasant and comfortable to drive. Stability control from 2/09 update. FORD FOCUS, 2005-2009 Choose from sedan or hatch. Torquey 2.0-litre petrol engine, five-speed manual or four-speed auto. Roomy cabin. Supple ride and a class standout for its responsive steering and handling. Anti-lock brakes not standard on base CL until mid 2007. Interior finish trails Mazda3 and Civic. MAZDA3, 2006-2009 Sedan and hatch versions. Good performance from 2.0-litre petrol engine. Official fuel consumption slightly higher Official fuel consumption slightly higher than Tiida. Well built and impressive road manners. Classy and deservedly popular.