The Nissan Almera is a sedan known for its reliable performance on the road and affordability. Though categorized as a subcompact vehicle, it offers a surprisingly spacious cabin, wide cargo compartment, and fitted with one of the strongest air conditioning systems in its class. Its nameplate has been used by the Japanese car brand since 1995 as a sedan with a compact configuration. And only in 2011 when Nissan introduced the model's subcompact configuration as standard for numerous markets including the Philippines.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. started manufacturing the Nissan Almera in 1995 as a replacement for one of their oldest models that lasted for 30 years, the Nissan Sunny. Back then, it was offered as a hatchback with three to five doors and as a saloon with four doors. It was fitted with either a 1.4, 1.6, or 2.0 engine.
In the Philippines, the third generation was released in 2013. It was manufactured locally at their plant in Sta Rosa, Laguna. The available variants locally are the base 1.2 MT, the 1.5 E MT, 1.5 E AT, and the top-of-the-line 1.5 VL AT. An N-Sport variant is also offered by Nissan Philippines for those who want a sportier appeal. Bodypaint options include Alpine White, Bluish Black, Brilliant Silver, Lunar Metallic Gray, Iridium Metallic Brown, and Sapphire Metallic Blue.
The Nissan Almera measures 4,425mm long, 1,695mm wide, and 1,505mm tall. Its front flaunts a narrow grille and a subtle bumper with chrome accents. Its signature boomerang-shaped headlamps add a bit of modern flair, while its bold body is highlighted with smooth curves and character lines which aids the vehicle’s aerodynamic capacity and fuel efficiency. As for the rear, it also bears wrap-around boomerang-inspired tail lights.
Get the N-Sport variant for a more upscaled look
Meanwhile, the N-Sport variant is installed with a variant-exclusive design front bumper that replaces the fog lights with striking chrome trim, side skirts, rear skirt, lip-type rear spoiler, N-Sport badging, and an N-Sport design 15-inch alloy wheels. All these additional body kits will provide a sportier appeal on the road.
The Nissan Almera’s cabin is dominated by a light beige theme. Its dashboard, made of sturdy but smooth plastic, displays necessities efficiently, while the steering wheel feels premium to hold. This subcompact sedan offers one of the most impressive head and legroom there is, as it can comfortably accommodate five fully grown passengers with enough space to stretch. It, of course, houses a reliable air conditioning system that works seamlessly even during summertime. In terms of its cargo capacity, it will never be an issue as its trunk can carry 490 liters.
It has a surprisingly roomy cabin
Technology & Safety Features
The new Nissan Almera is fitted with a 6.75-inch infotainment screen with Bluetooth connectivity (2-DIN is also available as a dealer option). Top variants come with speed-sensing door locks, buttons in the steering wheel for audio control, and automatic climate control. As for the standard features, all variants are equipped with dual front SRS airbags, brake assist, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and an anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution. An added feature on higher variants is the rear parking sensor.
One of the most practical vehicles you can get right now in the Philippines
Platform & Chassis
This four-door sedan is built in reference to the Nissan Global V platform that helps lessen its weight thus producing great fuel efficiency. It is the same platform used by its subcompact crossover sibling, the Kicks, which is currently unavailable in the Philippines. Moreover, Nissan's B-segment sedan is fitted with a Macpherson Strut suspension paired with coil springs and stabilizers on the front, and an axle torsion beam at the rear. Braking power is delivered by ventilated discs up front and drum brakes at the rear.
A strong competitor in the local subcompact sedan category
Engine & Drivetrain
The Nissan Almera comes in two engine options depending on the chosen variant. These include the 1.2-liter HR12DE three-cylinder DOHC gas engine that produces 78 hp with 106 Nm of torque, and the 1.5-liter HR15DE four-cylinder DOHC gas engine that delivers 98 hp and 134 Nm of torque. As for the transmission, the engines can be coupled to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
This sedan breathes practicality and efficiency