Try a Tiida for A to B motoring


PETROLHEADS wouldn’t agree would the rationale of those people, who say that they buy a car only to get from A to B. But it makes some sense: if there are things you hold more important than driving, and only want to get from one place to another without fuss, then options like the Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta and Nissan Tiida are worth considering.

These are cars that won’t really stir the soul, or attract much attention, but they get the job done – simple as that. The Nissan Tiida has been around for quite some time now, it’s well established on the market, although some minor exterior revisions to spruce it up would certainly be of benefit.

Its styling is bland, but there are touches that set it apart – like the unique light clusters and side mirrors that look as though they belong on a bakkie. With these traits,  you can see that the designers tried to break away from the typical sedan and hatchback moulds. Even its name is different – Tiida means “dawn of a new day” in Japanese.

You can have the Tiida in hatchback and sedan bodystyles. There are a choice of 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre engine derivatives, the 1.6-litre has a power output of 80 kW and 153 Nm of torque while the 1.8-litre produces 95 kW and 175 Nm of torque. The 1.6-litre model can be had with a five-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox and the 1.8-litre model comes with a six speed gearbox.

In terms of safety, all Tiida models feature driver airbags, while Visia+ models also get passenger airbags and curtain airbags are included on Acenta models. An engine immobiliser, remote keyless entry and NATS (Nissan Anti-Theft Security) are standard ascross the board. Anti-lock brakes and Electronic Brake-force Distribution are on the Visia+ and Acenta models.

Inside, you get power steering, air-conditioning, a six speaker audio system with a CD player and seats that promise to mainatin the ideal positions of the occupants. They’ve also employed brushed-aluminium style trim, and the Acenta models get wood-style finishes.

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