January 26, 2022 By Gerard Jude Castillo

Should the Nissan Almera be part of your subcompact sedan shopping list?

For most people, choosing a subcompact sedan often involves two contenders–the erstwhile Toyota Vios and the equally popular Honda City. Rightfully so as both these nameplates have proven track records with a good amount of features and driving dynamics for an affordable price. But what if we told you there is another offering worth considering?

Enter the Nissan Almera.

Now on its second generation locally, the Almera is Nissan’s subcompact contender that brings a host of technologies and attributes that make it worth considering. Take for instance the styling. Apart from the sleek-looking front end with the sharp headlights flanking the latest interpretation of Nissan’s V-Motion grille, the coupe-like silhouette is complemented by a blacked-out portion on the C-pillar. This gives it a floating roof design akin to today’s crossovers and SUVs. 

Nissan Almera red in bridge running

Then there is the engine. While other carmakers have small-displacement turbocharged engines in other markets, Nissan Philippines was the only one brave enough to bring in its 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbo mill and offer it across the model range.

Putting out 100 bhp and 112 lb-ft of torque, the peepy motor can be had with either a CVT or the good old manual gearbox. In plain English, this powerplant promises fun times on the road mixed with more than decent fuel economy.

nissan almera group in bridge

Yet, the Almera’s strongest ace is arguably the vaunted Nissan Intelligent Mobility. This suite of active safety features comes standard on higher-end variants and includes goodies such as Intelligent Forward Collision Mitigation, Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, and Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection

These gestures, along with other niceties such as a D-shaped steering wheel, 7-inch infotainment display, voice recognition controls, and a stylish interior, make the Nissan Alera a chic and safe choice for those looking for something aside from the usual suspects.

In fact, with a starting price of ₱728,000 for the 1.0 EL Turbo MT, you already get the slick profile with that little turbo engine. Yes, the top-spec 1.0 VL Turbo N-Sport CVT may be quite pricey at ₱1,098,000. Yet you do get all the bells and whistles, particularly the whole suite of Nissan In=telligent Mobility features.  

Personally, I wouldn’t mind going for the range-topper as it does boast class-leading amenities that not only give you added peace of mind but confidence to enjoy the driving weather in the city or out on the open road. 

So, would you add the Nissan Alera to your subcompact sedan shopping list?

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