Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The mid life facelift (which arrived Down Under in March 2010) see’s a number of improvements – an updated front bumper and grille at the front and restyled tail lights along with a new, elongated bumper at the rear. New body coloured side sills help to give the Tiida a lower to the road profile.
Not so good A tall, narrow body combined with the frumpy styled rear end ensures the Tiida sedan will never win first place in a beauty contest. This generation has been with us since the start of 2006 so it’s no longer a spring chicken. Expect an all Nissan small car to replace the Tiida in the second half of 2011.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good 2010 update see’s the entry level ST grade add cruise control, power windows, steering wheel audio controls and a CD player with MP3 input, whilst the top dog Ti grade gets leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-disc CD player, climate control and a sunroof as standard equipment. As previously the interior feels open and airy with the metallic-look finish for the Ti dash adding a little more sparkle. Second row passengers get generous amounts of head and legroom and the sedan’s boot is on the large side.
Not so good The interior plastics are unlikely to worry the competition – too brittle and hard of touch; the narrow body means the rear is best left to 2 rather than 3 adults.
Performance

Performance

Good The Tiida sedan is light on weight for a small family sized sedan so whilst the 1.8L four cylinder petrol engine’s 93kW of power and 174Nm of torque isn’t class leading, it has no problems keeping this Nissan up to speed in the real world. The 6 speed manual is a smooth shifter whilst the auto transmission does a decent job, considering it’s an old school 4 speed.
Not so good No turbo diesel or modern small displacement petrol turbo or supercharged engines on offer. However considering the low asking price we shouldn’t be surprised, as the latest technology = a higher price.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Ride comfort is fine and perfect for the target market (i.e. you’re unlikely to take you’re Tiida sedan to the racetrack or attack a mountain pass). Handling is fine around town and over smoother surfaces. Steering is light and goes where it’s pointed.
Not so good Excessive body roll when driven with vigour. Steering could offer a little more road feel to better communicate what’s happening between the tyres and the tarmac (however we’re being picky here, as the Tiida is best as a suburban run-about). Ride less polished over coarse surfaces.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good 2010 see’s lower entry pricing combined with greater levels of features – definitely value for money buying here. Almost ticks the safety box with Anti-lock Brakes, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist and 6 airbags standard across both grades.
Not so good Resale value is below the best; misses out on Electronic Stability Control (an increasingly popular and important safety feature).