2014 Nissan Sentra | new car review

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 by
2014 Nissan Sentra
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  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 58,000 - 82,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 60%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 60%

Review Summary:

The Sentra has grown over the years, from a car that used to belong in the B-segment, into one that fits neatly into the C-segment and goes head on into veterans like the Honda Civic. For some, the Sentra looks a lot like a glorified Sunny, not for me though.

Pros

Exterior design
Safety features

Cons

Price

Looks

With LED accent lamps working as an eyeliner for the headlamps, beautiful contours along the hood and sides of the car, along with horizontal arrowheaded LED tail lamps, the 2014 Nissan Sentra is a good looking car. In my opinion, a lot better looking than the Honda Civic, at least.

2013 Nissan Sentra

Feels

Inside, it’s nearly the same story. If you’re a fan of Star Wars and all that other Sci-Fi jazz, you’d love the driver oriented, asymmetrical dashboard of the Civic. But my design choices are a little more conservative, the neatly flowing and aligned dashboard, optional wood trim along the centre console and padded door panels on the Nissan Sentra are more my style. In terms of comfort, the Sentra definitely has an advantage with its extra 30 mm of wheelbase which works as extra leg room for rear passengers.

2014 Nissan Sentra interior

Engineering

The six airbags installed in the Sentra, are rather intelligent for a car that’s priced in the better half of AED 50,000. The supplemental front airbags adjust their inflation rate depending on the severity of impact and seat belt usage. If the front passenger seat is empty, the occupant-classification sensor deactivates that airbag. Additionally, front side impact airbags are built into the seat, so that they move and adjust as the individual adjusts their seat.

What’s on offer?

The 2014 Nissan Sentra is available in six variants; three under the 1.6 litre engine, and another three under the 1.8 litre engine. The 1.6 litre churns out 113 horsepower and 154 Nm of torque while wearing a price tag that ranges from AED 58,000 to AED 69,000. On the other hand, the 1.8 litre engine puts out 130 horsepower and 174 Nm of torque, while wearing a steep price tag that begins at AED 63,000 and goes up to a mind boggling AED 82,000!

2013 Nissan Sentra

Summing it…

So at the end of it all, you’re probably thinking I’d have the Sentra over a Civic, right? Yes, I would in fact. But it’d be silly to forget the Koreans. The improved Kia Cerato is definitely better looking than the Sentra, a fair bit cheaper, and doesn’t have a CVT transmission! That’s enough reason for me to pick the Cerato out of the bunch.

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