Nissan Almera Tino

 

Nissan Almera Tino used car review

 

 

 

In the world of MPVs the Nissan Almera Tino is David Coulthard. Put either of them into a different era and they would dominate their sector, but unfortunately for them, at the moment the competition is just too hot.  

 

Based on Nissan Almera hatchback the Tino was Nissans first foray into the MPV market. The car was initially offered with 1.8 and 2.0 litre petrol engines, the larger only being available with a 4 speed CVT automatic gearbox.  The obligatory diesel power came from a torquey 2.2 litre unit that put 114bhp down through the front tyres.

 

Equipment levels are reasonable on all but the base model S which is lacking the air conditioning, side air bags and seat back tables that are so essential in cars of this type. Its well worth paying the extra 250 for a used SE that include these items as standard.

 

On the road the low dash board and elevated driving position guarantee good visibility. The floor mounted gear change is light but a little notchy, and drivers tempted by the automatic CVT unit will find it both noisier and slower than perhaps hoped.

 

Interior space is good although rear leg room is marginal for adults and the three individual rear seats are more suited to children than prop forward. But there is no shortage of storage space, with cup holders and cubby holes all over the cabin, including a couple of very large under floor storage bins that are particularly useful.

 

The dash board lay out is clear, if a little conservative, the mix of hard grey plastics proving popular with owners who regularly face the perils of the school run bun fight.

 

Boot space is good, its deep and wide with good height although the rear wheel arches intrude more than in some competitors. The car also scores well for occupant safety achieving an impressive 4 star Euro NCAP rating when tested. Rear passengers are kept safe with all models offering three proper rear belts and many also have side air bags on the front seat.

 

Performance across the range is adequate, the 1.8 petrol with the manual gear box will return mid 30 mpgs with ease and the diesel will top that by another 10mpg, only the 2  litre petrol with the auto box struggles to better 30mpg. 

 

In June 2003 Nissan made some major revisions to the range, dropping the 2.0 litre and making the 1.8 available with both manual and auto transmissions. Changes to the centre of the dash board introduced a colour N-Form monitor that provides control for a number of functions including the audio and climate control which also became standard across all models.

   

Nissan also made the existing 2.2 litre diesel unit common rail and offered a high performance 136 bhp diesel with revised engine management systems, surely a desirable used car when it starts to appear on the market in any numbers.

 

With reliability a Nissan virtue, three years in to the cars life, owners have reported few faults with the Tino. All new cars come with a 3 year 60,000 mile warranty, so most used examples are still within this warranty period. Buying a used Tino from one of the 220 strong Nissan dealer network will also assure the buyer of a minimum of 12 months warranty with an option to extend it.

 

Servicing is due every 12 months or 12,000 miles and is unlikely to provide any nasty surprises. Be sure to check the service history on anything you buy, with a car this practical and durable its an ideal mini cab work horse, and you dont want to end up being sold one of them.

     

 

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Values - Nissan Almera Tino 2.2 Di SE   

  

 

 

Mileage

20,000miles

30,000 miles

50,000 miles

2000 W                Trade

5,950

5,655

5,100

                               Retail

7,195

6,895

6,350

2001 Y                 Trade

6,925

6,575

5,925

                               Retail

8,175

7,825

7,175

2002 51                Trade

7,550

7,175

6,575

                               Retail

8,795

8,450

7,850

 

1.8 petrol model worth 350 less than equivalent diesel

S models worth 250 less than SE models

 

Vital Statistics

Model

Nissan Almera Tino 2.2 Di SE

Engine

2,184cc  4 cyl 16 valve DOHC

Power

114BHP

Transmission

5 speed manual

Fuel consumption

44.1mpg (combined)

Acceleration

12.5 sec (0-62mph)

Top Speed

112 mph

 

5 Alternatives for similar money

Year

Mileage

Retail price

Trade price

Citroen Picasso 2.0HDi LX

 

2000 W

40,000

7,750

6,500

Vauxhall Zafira 2.0DTi Club

 

2000 W

60,000

7,750

6,475

Renault Megane Scenic 1.9 dTi RXE

1999 V

40,000

7,895

6,600

Fiat Multipla JTD 110 SX

 

2000 X

50,000

7,625

6,400

Mitsubishi Space Star 1.9 DI-D Equippe

2002 52

10,000

7,850

6,400

 

Figures based on CAP October 2003 edition