2002 Nissan Primera Acenta 2.2 turbo diesel
Economy diesel racer with premium class comfort
Still nothing major, only small UK assembly faults - rubber packets of luggage compartment have note been glued well, service had to tighten several bolts, still there are some small sounds inside, but they are tiny, and dealers will fix that next week during usual maintenance.
2.2L 126 HP diesel is really powerful, can challenge most of 2 liters petrol cars. Especially when turbo switches on ;)
Interior is superb - see no much difference from Audi comfort. Sound isolation is really good, you don't hear much of a noise running at 160 km/h, 6 speed gearbox is great for economy - my average diesel consumption is 6-6.5 liter / 100 km with 40% urban usage, however its very accurate too - you won't make any mistake when switching the gears.
Xenon headlights are just great, can't imagine how I used to see something with standard ones before.
And exterior looks like UFO landed - had lost of turned heads when got this car.
However the chassis suspension is very hard, gives superb handling, but looses some comfort on bumpy road.
But all above can be attributed only to diesel and 2L petrol models with 6 speed gearboxes.
When I was selecting a car, I did test drive with 1.8L basic model called Visia, it had 5 speed gearbox and the feelings where as awful as they could be:
- Sound isolation was terrible. I drove 130 km/h with 5th gear, there where around 4000 RPM, engine sound inside was terrible and wind/tyres noise was very loud.
- The steering wheel was too tight, and the drive train was definitely different from top models - I hardly could feel holding a car in my hands at 130 km/h
- Interior was cheap, comparing to Acenta's soft textile.
- Gearstick was _VERY_ soft and inaccurate. Several times I switched to 3rd gear instead of 5th.
Summarizing above - its really a car you will love, but go for Acenta or Tekna model with 6 speed gearbox, otherwise you won't be as happy as me :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st July, 2003