Nissan Evalia: First Drive
Slotting into a class of its own, the Nissan Evalia is more van and less MPV; more function and less form. Regardless, it will definitely catch your attention!
Packaging and Luggage space
The Evalia is a case of very clever packaging and thanks to its front wheel drive configuration that allows for a very cab forward design and a flat floor all the way through from the front to the back (due to the lack of a transmission tunnel, since the Evalia is front wheel driven) which really is one big advantage the Evalia will have over anything else it aims to outsell. The cab-forward approach compounded by the fuel tank under the driver’s seat means that much more room to play around with for the occupants. So what you’ve got is this vast expanse of space on the inside not only on the front and middle rows, but also in the third row of fold-away seats. Even the gear stalk has been moved forward to just below the centre console on the dash – again a very van-like feature, as is the angle of the steering wheel itself. But the biggest revelation we had was the luggage space.
Almost every other vehicle vying for the ‘people mover for the up-and-coming’ accolade (read as Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo)has next to no storage space with the third row in use, so much so that you can barely squeeze in a decently sized backpack in there. The Evalia though, has enough left in it to fit two suitcases and a little bit more courtesy that very vertical, cliff of a rear. With the third row folded the Evalia will free up a massive 2100 litres of space and that further goes up to 2900 litres with the middle row bent over as well!
While that itself is a whopper of a fact courtesy the NV200 Combi’s UK brochure, all of that space is more or less a perfect cube and coupled with a rather low 540mm loading height and a gaping 1235mm opening height it just makes arranging cargo all that easier and neater – definitely one of the most impressive features of this Nissan. That means all your luggage will be extremely happy in transit, but what about you?
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