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Nissan Magnite XE: What the most affordable version of the compact SUV drives like

Sub-4 meter compact SUV segment is one of the car segment that has been growing in the last couple of years. This segment has become highly competitive and almost every manufacturer in the country currently has at least one product in this segment. This segment consists of cars like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300. The segment got even bigger last year with the entry of Nissan’s first sub-4 meter SUV Magnite in the market. The SUV received an overwhelming response and currently has a long waiting period. Here we have a video that shows how, the base XE variant of Nissan feels to drive like.

The video has been uploaded by DSD Cars on their YouTbe channel. The vlogger talks about how the base variant of the car feels to drive. Vlogger directly starts with the driving part. He is driving the base XE trim which comes with a 1.0 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. This is a three cylinder engine and NVH levels on the car feels good even though, it is a base trim.

Vlogger mentions that he is driving the car on broken roads and the suspension is tuned in a way that it does not feel too stiff or too soft. There is a perfect balance between the both. Even though, this is not the turbocharged version, it does not feel like the car is underpowered. One thing that should be noted here is that, while shooting the video only the vlogger and his camera man was present in the car. If the car was loaded fully, then thing might have been a bit different.

Nissan Magnite being an SUV gives a commanding driving position to the driver. Power delivery in the Magnite felt quite instant as it is a very light vehicle. It does not mean that Magnite is not a safe car. Nissan Magnite comes with 4 star crash test rating from ASEAN NCAP. Overall, the vlogger was pretty impressed with the car and one more thing that is seen in the video is that the vlogger is able to easily drive and even make U-turns on narrow roads. Vlogger even talks about the braking of the Magnite. It inspires confidence and stops where you actually want it to.

The owner of this vehicle had made some modifications like an aftermarket touchscreen, tan colour upholstery on dashboard and seats and so on. Even the base variant comes with features like all-four power windows, digital instrument cluster, functional roof rails, body coloured door handles and so on. Nissan is offering Magnite with a 1.0 litre, three cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that we saw in the video and a 1.0 litre turbocharged engine. The naturally aspirated engine generates 72 Ps and 96 Nm of torque whereas the turbocharged version generates 100 Ps and 160 nm of peak torque. The naturally aspirated version of the engine is only available with a manual gearbox option only. The turbo petrol version comes with manual and CVT gearbox options.