2010 Nissan Tiida | new car review
Available in both sedan and hatchback forms, it doesn’t offer much in the way of excitement, but is big on practicality. It’s far from cutting edge, being a car that’s now six years old, but it remains popular in the region and indeed across the world – the five door hatchback Tiida is Nissan’s best selling car, globally.
The Tiida was given a facelift in 2009, with revised headlights and a new grille. Care has been taken to ensure that despite the compact dimensions, there’s plenty of legroom and a high roof for rear seat passengers. The large glove box can apparently accommodate a handbag, and there’s an auxiliary input socket on the stereo for an MP3 player.
Both hatch and sedan are available in two trim levels and with a choice of two engines. A 1.6-litre motor provides 109bhp, while a 1.8-litre unit pushes out 127bhp. All models are available with a four-speed automatic gearbox, or a five speed manual in the 1.6 and a six speed ‘box in the 1.8.
The entry level S trim comes with steel wheels, while the SE comes with 15-inch alloy wheels. The sedan is slightly long thanks to its extended boot, and as such can hold 467 litres-worth of luggage behind the rear seats (which also fold down) while the hatch can only manage 289 litres.