Does the much more affordable version of the Magnite continue to offer you a robust in general bundle?

It is been just about a calendar year because the Nissan Magnite was launched in India and shook up the compact SUV segment. We have by now pushed the totally loaded turbo-petrol version, and it left us fairly amazed. But now we get to practical experience the much more affordable, by natural means aspirated version for the very first time. Is it as quick to suggest as its costlier turbocharged counterpart? Which is what we are below to discover out.

Nissan Magnite 1. B4D: engine and functionality

Let’s start with the engine, which is the biggest transform on this variation of the Magnite. Underneath the hood lies a 1.-litre, a few-cylinder by natural means aspirated (NA) petrol engine, codenamed B4D. As you would anticipate, at 72hp and 96Nm, it is drastically down on the two the electric power and torque of the turbo-petrol engine (by 28hp and 64Nm). Nevertheless, to Nissan’s credit score, the Magnite 1. feels fairly smooth when you pull away from a standstill and the electric power is sent in a linear manner.


That claimed, this engine is not the punchiest unit out there, specially supplied that peak electric power and torque come in fairly significant in the rev vary. This benefits in the Magnite emotion fairly lethargic when caught in the mid vary, and in purchase to get the greatest out of the engine you have to function the gearbox a truthful little bit. Revving it also significant also has very little influence, ensuing in a whole lot of noise without the need of also a lot progress. Keep in just the engine’s ease and comfort zone, nevertheless, and you will discover there is adequate functionality on offer you for the day-to-day commute. At highway speeds, nevertheless, the Magnite 1. NA feels strained and a little bit out of its element.

Talking of the gearbox, we drove the 5-speed manual version. This unit is not the slickest in procedure and what does not also help is the biting stage of the clutch, which will take some having used to. Moreover, though the Magnite does share its powertrains with its sibling – the Renault Kiger – it misses out on the AMT computerized gearbox that’s offered with the 1.-litre NA in the Kiger. This hampers its attractiveness as a town vehicle to an extent, as much more and much more potential buyers are opting for the usefulness of an computerized in the city surroundings. 

Nissan Magnite 1. B4D: experience and handling

In the experience office, this iteration of the Magnite is fairly identical to the turbo-petrol variant. There is a business edge to the experience, which operates very well when travelling at speed as it smoothens out pretty much all the imperfections that come its way and feels fairly secure. Although, on the flip facet, at decrease speeds the experience is a touch on the choppy facet, many thanks to this underlying firmness, and larger sized potholes do filter in. Cabin insulation is also not great, and on negative patches of highway, apart from a truthful volume of tyre roar, you can hear the suspension performing away. This offers a perception that the suspension isn’t as strong as it basically is.


There is a further constructive to the a little business established-up, and that is the handling. The Magnite’s human body roll is fairly nicely contained and it handles the twisty roads very well. The steering does not give a whole lot of suggestions, nor is it quite brief, though it feels awesome and light-weight at very low speeds.

Nissan Magnite 1. B4D: exterior, interior and functions

Structure sensible, Nissan has retained the two versions of the Magnite similar, with their badging staying the only way of discerning them visually. This is a quite fantastic issue, taking into consideration the Magnite seems quite clever and very well-proportioned. The modern headlight, hexagonal grille and ‘L’ shaped DRLs give it a exceptional and quite recognisable identification. In profile, you can also see the sharp creases and pronounced cladding about the wheel arches that insert character to the Magnite. The rear seems quite neat and I somewhat like the clean up strains of the sculpted tail-lights and boot lid.


Move inside of the cabin and you are going to be greeted by a very well laid-out dashboard with a contemporary appear. There are some neat design and style touches like the hexagonal AC vents that appear like they could belong in a Lamborghini, the local climate command screens that are very well included into the rotary adjustment dials, the 7.-inch digital instrument cluster and the free of charge-standing eight.-inch infotainment (which by the way is fairly responsive and quick to use).


There are also some awesome functions on offer you like keyless entry and go, computerized local climate command, the 360-diploma digital camera (which isn’t the clearest), and wireless Android Car and Apple CarPlay connectivity (which is a little bit temperamental to use). There are also a range of convenient storage spaces about the cabin, which include a large glovebox and substantial cup holders, though the fixed front centre armrest feels like a missed possibility for a further storage area. The way the sprint is recessed and the central console is positioned very low also give a great perception of area for a vehicle of this dimensions.

An space the place the Magnite is lacking is top quality of supplies. When they are for the most aspect acceptable for the cost, there are rivals in the sector that not only really feel superior appointed but also superior screwed collectively. Items like the uncovered steering rack in the driver’s footwell also don’t help the perceived top quality. A person huge exception below is the denim-like fabric Nissan has used on the several elbow rests about the cabin – it is a premium emotion touch in an normally uninteresting and lacklustre cabin.


The front seats offer you a fantastic perspective out and are very well cushioned, giving fantastic quantities of ease and comfort. Rear seats are also fairly relaxed, giving a good deal of area (even for taller passengers) and fantastic levels of under thigh help. 

Nissan Magnite 1. B4D: cost and verdict


A person of the biggest appeals o
f the Magnite 1. NA has to be its cost. Starting off at Rs 5.seventy one lakh for the base XE trim and likely up to Rs 7.85 lakh for the leading-spec XV Quality trim (ex-showroom, Delhi), this iteration of the Magnite presents some genuine bang for your buck. There are number of hatchbacks that can give this amount of package and area for the very same cost, let by yourself compact SUVs. Nevertheless, this by natural means aspirated engine actually struggles to offer you robust functionality. This does not make a difference as a lot when searching for a day-to-day commuter to use in the town, nevertheless, as an SUV to use for extensive length travelling, it is a limitation. The lack of an computerized gearbox selection with this engine does also hurt its prospective as an city runabout, but if it is sheer benefit you are just after, the Magnite B4D is hard to beat.