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!
Interiors and Passenger comfort
Anyone sitting in the front of the Evalia will be a happy camper with those very comfy bucket seats and enough headroom to seat a giraffe. Move to the middle seat though and things might get a little irritating after a while and that’s our biggest concern because there actually is loads of space here as well – the problem is in overall comfort levels. Firstly, the 60:40 split bench is near devoid of any contouring leaving it very flat and to top that it’s rather thin too.
Then there is the complete lack of arm rests. While you could blame that on the sliding doors, there’s no reason why there couldn’t have been a fold-away one tucked in the centre of the bench’s backrest. And to round things up, the windows are the pop-out ones and that means you have to have the air-conditioning on perpetually.
While all of that isn’t really a big concern on short drives, it may prove to be an awkward situation with three people seated there on a longer run. That said, the air-conditioning itself seemed rather nice and though our drive was in awesome Bengaluru weather, the guys at Nissan said their test cycles involved runs in peak Delhi summers. This is one bit we’d like to really touch upon when we do a complete road test later then. The centre row also gets very usable aircraft style foldable trays with secure cup holders. There's a nice dose of quality fabric all around and plastics seem decent, with good build quality throughout.
Move over to the third row and it is more than enough for two adults with more leg room there than we care to remember on most other MPVs. Surprisingly, the third row also has dedicated air-con vents which actually help cool the middle row as well. One thing you really can’t take away from the Evalia is that it is extremely airy despite the lack of properly openable windows rear of the first row all thanks to those dimensions – like we said, form follows function.
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