2.0 litre Nissan Teana
Nissan released the 2.5 Teana late last year with good reviews. It was certainly a spacious and comfortable sedan even though the rear-seated passengers had a little bit of headroom taken away courtesy the sloping roof line. It was well-powered, but Nissan had declined to provide a hybrid model and so, from an economy standpoint, the 2.5 litre Teana had room for improvement. It was also slightly out of reach of some customers in terms of price, with its more than 1.5 million baht price tag attracting competition from other car makers. Arch-rival Toyota for the same price was offering the Camry Hybrid. This provided tax benefits and, of course, came complete with a petrol and electric drive train that would cut running costs at a stroke. Yet the overall selling price in this sector cut out quite a large customer base for both manufacturers and so Nissan has released the Teana in 2.0 litre form for some 300,000 baht less than its big brother. Indeed the new car comes in two variants; the XE costs 1.27 million baht and the XL cost 1.33 million baht. A navigation system is available as an optional extra at a cost of about 50,000 baht, though many people will undoubtedly elect to use their smartphone and navigation apps that are almost up to par. The new competition of the Teana 2.0 is Honda’s Accord, and Toyota’s non-Hybrid Camry.
From a safety perspective, Nissan has gone all out, providing four airbags as standard in the new Teana 2.0, something that other manufactures may have priced in as optional extras. The XL also has a range of driver assistance technologies such as parking aids and the like. The full range is not to be found in either the Camry or Accord. Overall the Teana 2.0 boasts more driving aids than any of its rivals. With performance taking somewhat of a back seat, you might think that Nissan would have given up on this aspect of the car, knowing that the engine was considerably smaller than the one in the original Teana. The engine stats are reasonable even if some way behind the 2.5 litre model. The 2.0 engine is an inline-four engine with 1997cc capacity. In terms of power output, it provides 136 horse power at 5,600 rpm and 190Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. This compares with 173 horse power at 6,000 rpm and 234 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm for the 2.5 litre engine. The 2.0 litre engine is capable of reaching 0 to 100 kph in 11.6 seconds and has a top speed of 190 kph.The economy stats will likely be closely scrutinized. The Teana 2.0 can achieve 13.5 kilometers per litre, and has a CO2 rating of 174g/km.
Yet even with lower power output, the new continuously variable transmission automatic gearbox helps to channel the power effectively at various ratios. It also helps to provide additional fuel economy, something that will be high on the minds of people who are opting for an all petrol engine, albeit slightly smaller, as compared to a hybrid model.
The smaller engine means a lower excise duty and so this has obviously been a prime consideration with the new Teana. Nissan has not tried to fit into a box performance that is unbecoming for the smaller engine; rather, it has stayed true to market trends and government conditions on engine size and has found that the car can still provide a reasonable drive even with the smaller power plant.
It means that you can’t expect such a nimble performance around town, or spectacular overtaking capabilities when on the open road. Still there is a sports mode that provides a power boost in certain situations and this works quite well to quell the concerns of anyone who would feel the car is too underpowered. As expected, driver and passenger comfort is excellent with the new model doing a great job at keeping all the refinements that were in place in the previous model. Seats are soft and well-supporting, the interior is very quiet and legroom is ample even for rear-seated passengers. The dashboard is wide and intuitively laid out with a status display in the centre column and a steering wheel that is big enough to prevent any hiding of the dashboard dials. Some controls are conveniently located to the right-hand side of the driver. Steering wheel controls are also in place to provide for hands on driving.
The car maintains it good looks, including the sporty lines of the roof and the edgy headlamp designs. The front grill is unmistakably Nissan and the front bumper assembly provides a good amount of ground clearance, perfect for driving over cambers and speed bumps. The rear lights stick out a little bit for extra visibility but are still in keeping with a refined rear end design.
The ride quality is excellent too, with the suspension providing a comfortable journey even on rougher roads. For handling the car handles as well as its big brother, but maybe not quite as well as the Accord or the Camry. The body frame can’t give all things to all people, but if it is a comfortable ride you are looking for on a budget, with fuel economy thrown in then the Teana does a good job at balancing these requirements.