Almost every mid-size sedan these days boasts of an automatic variant. The latest to join the bandwagon is the Nissan Sunny, trailing its sibling Renault Scala by almost 6 months.
Available only in the 1.5-litre petrol variant that develops 101 hp and 134 Nm torque, Nissan uses continuous variable transmission that gives a linear acceleration, with a few extras thrown in, such as a stop-start function the Scala doesn’t have.
In city, it offers great convenience thanks to the smooth gearbox. Keep the foot light on the accelerator and the car is in its zone, and stays economical: it gave us a good 12.5 kpl in city with AC.
On the open road, it is a different story. Floor the pedal and the propensity to rev makes the ride choppy. Gear changes are not as frequent as desirable, and the engine does create a racket. Economy, too suffers: we got a below par 7 kpl on the highway.
Considering that a similar variant in the Scala was already available, Nissan seems to have missed one trick by not offering a automatic in diesel. Only one option is available, the Hyundai Verna. At Rs 8.5 lakh, it is value for money, and even Rs 60,000 cheaper than its Renault sibling.