1998 Nissan Almera GTi 2.0 from UK and Ireland
A nice combination of speed and practicality
Nothing as yet.
Not the most fashionable car in the world but I love it. Fast, safe, practical and so far utterly reliable.
Rare, (only made up 2/3% of UK Almera sales) but faster than many of its competitors.
Not much torque but it flies above 4000 revs. Has a bit of a drink problem if you drive it hard although mid-to-late thirties miles per gallon probably attainable if my wife drives it.
Secure but fun handling from multi-link suspension and standard strut braces flatter my mediocre driving. Resultant ride can be a little 'jiggly' on bad roads. Power steering communicative at speed.
Generous standard spec with anti-lock brakes, airbag, air con and CD player.
Interior has been criticised for being dull but its fine and certainly no less practical than a new Focus I drove recently. Build quality was better than the Ford too. Controls light and easy but gearbox a bit stodgy. Front sports seats not that comfortable after 2-3 hours driving. Loads of room in the back.
Styling not to everyones' taste but big alloys and GTI adornments make it look quite aggressive and sporty. Just don't buy the 5-door. Don't pay too much either, its rarity means prices are all over the place.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th January, 2002