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Old 28th April 2008, 18:39   #1
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Default Nissan Teana - A Brief Test Drive

Today after repeated calls from the DEALER, I finally called him to get the Teana for test drive. As decided the time for 11 am, he was sharp 11 am standing at the doorstep. Initially he drove till i inspected a few buttons and the rear of the car. The space was amazing. Even when the front seat was fully back , the rear was quite comfortable. Then after about 10 minutes, i came to the driving seat . he told me about the engine, the power available, the efficiency and everything. He then showed me the 6 cd changer in the glovebox

I drove the car for about 15 kms. The car was damn smooth. The engine super silent. Automatic gears were quite good. He explained every bit and piece of the car including the automatic rear curtains

The things I liked in the car were :

1. The excellent steering grip ,position of the seat, the height of the car.
2. The car was damn stable, smooth even at 120 kmph.
3. The Rear curtain going automatically down when reverse gear is put
4. The Wood running across the dash.
5. The Chilling A/c
6. Good enough voice from the ICE
7. The huge luggage with hinges not in the centre ( helps in the extra space )
8. Smooth and noice less engine
9. Good Parking sensor dsplay
10. The Informative display showing the trip mileage and the Distance to empty. looked bigger than any other i've seen

and the best of all
The KEY
Just go near the car and you can lock/unlock the door without having to take the key out.
and that a key placed inside the car would mean no need to insert it. Its bluetooth controlled

What I did not like about it
1. Only a petrol option
2. No Manual Transmission
3. No sunroof even as an option
4. The headlights ( not so stylish)

In all the ride was great and I would definitely have gone for this car over a superb or a camry if I had an option to.

The guy was quite intelligent and knew what the right information was. He was kind, polite and even took the courtesy to call me for 3 weeks a total of 5 times to decide for a test drive.

Hats off Pushpanjali Motors !!!
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The KEY
Just go near the car and you can lock/unlock the door without having to take the key out.
and that a key placed inside the car would mean no need to insert it. Its bluetooth controlled
Its a real handy feature to have. Called the SMART-KEY in most cases.

Any pics ?
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Even I had test driven the Teana couple of days back, loved the silky smooth V6 and the Auto-box.

But at 24L on-road Bangalore, people will sure opt for Camry or Superb.Buggers are not offering any kinds of discount also!

O.T. Any news on Accord 08 hitting Bangalore showrooms?
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But at 24L on-road Bangalore, people will sure opt for Camry or Superb.Buggers are not offering any kinds of discount also!
I don't think Nissan will offer any discounts in the near future.The car has just been introuduced,so it'll be a while before the prices drop/discounts be offered.
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Gives a FE of 4.5 to 5.5kmpl. The camry will be a better bet with regard to maintenance network.. Not too sure of spares cost though..
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i think its just a 4 speed automatic. i would pick the camry manual over it anyday.
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The smart key has it's share of toubles too. Few days ago the driver of a Teana switched mid way from his car to our car to drive us to railway station. His master drove himself home and then he noticed that the key is in his driver's pocket. He couldn't lock the car.
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I could not take any pics. Phone wasnt charged. but my brother will take a test drive soon . Will click then.
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Great review, Abhinav. You have got most of the points spot-on, but what about the luxo interiors? IMHO, the Teana has amongst the best interior design from its class.

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The smart key has it's share of troubles too. Few days ago the driver of a Teana switched mid way from his car to our car to drive us to railway station. His master drove himself home and then he noticed that the key is in his driver's pocket. He couldn't lock the car.

Strange ..... It should give a Audible Warning (Visual if available) if the Key is not in Range (when the engine is running).. Atleast this is what i have experienced in the LS460 ....
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[quote=GTO;813116]Great review, Abhinav. You have got most of the points spot-on, but what about the luxo interiors? IMHO, the Teana has amongst the best interior design from its class.



Its interiors were great. An overall comfortable feeling. Not too flashy. The wood running across the dash was good. The dials in the dash were clear. The buttons easy to use. A good seat comfortable and leather.

Even I found it shocking that a 24 lakh car doesnt offer a sunroof while cars like i10, fabia, fiesta have them as options


By the way whats IMHO?

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And not even Xenon headlights, a 6 CD changer which does not play Mp3, no audio controls on steering, no cruise control, no seat memory function and finally no dual zone AC.

All the above are right there on a 20L rupee Laura!
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There is a dual zone ac but ya the other features are not there.
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And not even Xenon headlights, a 6 CD changer which does not play Mp3
ive even seen those on a friends a6. the cd changer dosent play mp3s and they wanted him to spend alot more on upgrading to the dvd changer so that he could play mp3s.
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By the way whats IMHO?
In my humble opinion

Nice review. Hope you get the pics soon. But at FE 4-5 kmpl, its kind of a drab!
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