Nissan Tiida Car Review
Many Kenyans have been turning to small hatchbacks and compact salons in so as to get their daily driver cars for work and leisure. If you go to the market today few other cars match the Nissan Tiida in terms of value for money. So if you are in the market for an Ex-japan import and want to spend less than Ksh 1million (Us$10,000) this is a very strong contender.
The Nissan Tiida is a little car but has been very well spaced out on the interior giving it more space both the the passengers and the driver. The controls have been well positioned making everything easy to reach both AC and radio. The boot is much more spacious than that of the Mazda Demio. The ride height may not be that great especially for Kenyan roads hence once you buy a Tiida you may want to buy some high strength springs to increase the ride height by just a few centimeters.This will also assist making the suspension a bit stiffer for our roads.
The Nissan Tiida is not a looker its not a pretty as the Demio nor the Toyota Vitz or the Ist. its sharp lines and tortoise like design do not appeal to many Kenyans more so if you choose the salon option. However when you consider the looks of the interior you may be inclined to forgive the automaker’s design team for the few design blunders done on the outside.
Driving, Engines & Performance
The Tiida comes in a couple of variants the top being the Latio and Axis variant which tend to be a bit more expensive. However the cars 1.5 L variant is more than enough for the Kenyan driving experience. The car is light so it does move a bit quicker from the stopping start despite is E-tronic CVT gearbox. The car does quite decently with limited loads however you may struggle a bit on inclines while carrying a full load of passengers.
If you are looking for something really cheap to drive on the roads in terms of fuel efficiency the Nissan Tiida delivers 15kmpl very impresive. However if you are looking to have a bit more fun the 1.8 L 127HP version comes to mind and this will give you a respectable 12kmpl on average.
Reliability and Economy
The car is well built and very stable even at speed however this is where the Mazda Demio beats it a bit. For fuel economy as long as this car is well serviced you should report very good numbers even on the busy Nairobi roads. For servicing the Nissan Tiida will set you back at most Ksh 8000 (US$ 80) which is not a very bad number.
From the source to the home
The Nissan Tiida is a very decent car even from Japan you can easily get lower milage Tiida’s at a very good price . These cars a normally not over used so getting a car which is still in very good shape is fairly easy. With the new taxes imposed you will be looking at around Ksh 920,000 (Us$9200) if you are importing one for Ksh 400,000 (Us$4000). This is up from an average of Ksh 790,000 pre-excise tax changes.
The Tiida is a nice car, it may not be as fun to drive as the Demio or the Toyota Ist but the build quality is fantastic and the car performs really well on the road. If you are looking a good car below ksh 1 million this a very strong contender.
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