Unappealing, but sturdy

Mabuyane Kekana

Nissan has expanded its role in the South African B-segment market by introducing the new Livina.

The new Nissan Livina was launched in Cape Town last week.

However, the name Livina would be better suited to the Nissan Qashqai.

The new Livina might not be one of the most good-looking and appealing cars around, but has what it takes to be a good car.

A good-looking car does not necessarily mean a reliable one, ask Alfa Romeo.

The Livina was launched with a 5-door hatch and a 7-seater, which is known as Grand Livina.

Despite its unusual styling, the Japanese maker is confident the new Livina will win over a number of South African hearts.

According to the makers, Livina offers high value in the B-Segment, as it was positioned against C-Segment vehicles in terms of space, performance and suspension. The Livina hatchback will be up against the likes of VW Polo and Honda Jazz, while the Grand Livina will compete against the likes of Opel Meriva and Toyota Avanza.

The new Livina is fitted with a 1,6 petrol engine that produces 80kW of power and torque of 153Nm.

Standard safety includes, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist.

Convenience features include a radio, CD player and six speakers on all except the entry, as well as electric windows and air conditioner.

The rear seats split 60/40 and the front passenger seat can be tilted to transport items up to 2,40m long.

The Grand Livina offers two extra seats in a third row which easily fold flat to create a cavernous boot space.

The Livina hatch line-up includes three 1,6-litre derivatives: Visia, Acenta and Acenta+.

The Grand Livina 7-seater is available in the Acenta with fabric interior and the Acenta+ with leather interior.

The Livina hatch is priced from R115500.

The Grand Livina entry level Acenta goes for R146950, while the top-ranging Acenta+ is priced at R155950.