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!
Another bit that was kind of putting us off was the very rubbery shift action on the gear lever – which seems a little bit of a stretch to reach if you’re slightly short but like sitting as far back in the driver’s seat as your feet will allow! The cabin noise may be an issue with pre-production vehicles though but we will be keeping an eye out for both these issues when we test the Evalia. Ride quality seemed slightly on the rough side with just two people in the car but that should improve with more occupants and/or luggage weighing the suspension down.
Living with it
What the Evalia is about is convenience though and in addition to the superb cargo capability, it offers a lot more in other areas as well. Being a front wheel drive vehicle, the Evalia offers natural progression for someone who has driven such a type of car before which can be safely estimated as almost the entire car-driving population in India! The steering wheel borrowed from the Micra takes a little getting used to owing to its angle which is more van-like than sedan-like and there’s very little feedback coming up from that column, which by the way is adjustable only for tilt. But the Evalia compensates with a very small turning radius at just 5.2 metres making it very maneuverable in city traffic and into tight parking spots.
With the driver seat perched nice and tall, coupled with the awesome visibility through the huge windscreen up front, you get an unmatched view of everything around you. For things behind the Evalia, there’s also a rear view camera that feeds the multi-function display next to the speedometer with a crisp image replete with distance markers. The MFD itself also houses enough information to probably fill up the Evalia itself if it could through multiple screens. One of those screens in fact, even houses a digital tachometer with an on-board computer that constantly calculates your fuel efficiency.
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