Nissan Grand Livina is among the most popular MPV's in the country. It was crowned as the best popular MPV in 2010. The newer model looks sharper than the previous version. It is fitted with a sports suspension system which keeps it in some sort of action for a sporty feel. Now comes the cabin which now looks brighter than the previous version. It also has a redesigned steering wheel with audio control buttons and an infotainment system with navigation. It has big alloy wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Direction 5 rubbers. When it comes to safety, this MPV has been upgraded with seat-belt pre-tensioners and load limiters for the front passengers.
The Nissan Grand Livina was introduced by Nissan Motors and their Chinese Affiliate Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company in the year 2006. Later with some facelift in year 2013, Nissan Grand Livina was reintroduced in the automobile market. This 7-seater vehicle features the smooth driving attribute of a Sedan while driving it and fits into the category of MPV due to its occupants capacity. Nissan Grand Livina is made available in two engine variants with a capacity of 1.8-litres and 1.6-litres. However, 1.6-litre variant comes with the option of both Manual and Automatic transmission whereas the 1.8-litre variant comes equipped with only Auto transmission.
The exterior of this vehicle has a lot to show off, with features like stylish Chrome Grille, fog lamps, sleek rearlights & headlight and aerodynamic structure, this MPV has all the qualities to attract its onlookers in first shot. The interior of this vehicle is no less than its exterior. Great features like ample space for 7 occupants, good legroom and headroom, comfortable and adjustable seats in second row and power steering with audio control are parts of interior of this vehicle.
Safety has been kept under major consideration during the designing of this MPV and features like airbags, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake force Distribution, seat belts and much more, ensures the safety of all the passengers including the driver. The 1.8 L MR18DE and 1.6 L HR16DE engines of this MPV deliver power of 126 PS at 5200 rpm and maximum torque of 174 Nm at 4,800 rpm for the 1.8-litre variant. Whereas for the 1.6-litre variant, power delivery stands at 105 PS at 5200 rpm and maximum torque of 150 Nm at 4400 rpm. The maximum fuel capacity in all the three variants is 52 litres.
People who are looking for a 7-seater MPV with style and features should definitely give a look at this vehicle before finalizing. Nissan Grand Livina is surely a big threat for Toyota Avanza in this category.
Mileage and fuel economy
The powerful gasoline engine of Nissan Grand Livina allows a decent mileage in MPV category. With an overall mileage of 14 km/l for its 1.6-litre variant and 11 km/l for the 1.8-litre engine variant, this MPV can be a great companion on long drives with big family and friends.
Nissan Grand Livina is powered by 1.6 L, 1598cc HR16DE and 1.8 L, 1798 cc MR18DE inline 4-cylinder engines which generate a maximum power of 105 PS at 5200 rpm and maximum torque of 150 Nm at 4,400 rpm for the 1.6-litre variant. Whereas, its bigger sibling with a 1.8-litre heart churns out 126 PS of peak power at 5200 rpm along with 174 Nm of maximum torque at 4800 rpm. The Drive by Wire technology of this MPV makes sure to provide more power and the feel to drive this MPV like a sedan.
Acceleration & Pickup:
Grand Livina's 1.6 L HR16DE engine accelerates from halt to 100 km/hr in just 12.6 seconds attaining a maximum speed of 180 km/hr. Talking about its bigger sibling i.e. the 1.8-litre engine variant, it proves to be faster with just 11 seconds to reach from 0 mark to 100 km/hr offering the same top speed as its lighter variant.
Nissan Grand Livina has been designed with an aggressive front elevation all thanks to its chrome grill and arrow shaped headlamps which look neat and offers sharp aesthetics to this MPV. The overall aerodynamic structure gives a sporty look to this MPV. The 1.8 L variant enjoys extra features such as chrome finished door handles and request switches at front and back doors to provide a distinguished look to this variant. The styling at side and rear end looks traditional and inoffensive. Sleek rearlights and headlights complement the sophisticated look of Livina. The Halogen reflector type headlights and normal bulb in rearlights make sure of the clear visibility during dark. The bumper looks organic and shapelier with the rounded front fenders having 15 inch alloy wheels. The 1.8 L variant also comes packed with LED indicators in the body colored wing mirrors which further improves the overall appeal of the car.
Nissan Grand Livina comes with a length of 4485 mm and width of 1695 mm. The height stands at 1595 mm and ground clearance at 180 mm. The overall dimension of the Grand Livina is not really impressive but the car offers decent interior space which compensates for its exterior measurements. The overall wheelbase of the Grand Livina stands at 2,600 mm which is not the biggest in its category.
The dual tone interiors of the Grand Livina with black finished dashboard and beige seating are well suited to its interiors offering a mix of both space and features. This combination gives an airy and spacious feel to the interior of this vehicle. The stylish three-spoke steering wheel of this MPV has multi controls to keep it handy for the driver. The instrument cluster offers fine vision meter with MID on all the variants to keep the readings absolutely visible to the driver. A premium feature of keyless entry is given in 1.8 L variant through which the driver's and rear doors can be locked and unlocked. Also, the engine can be started without using the immobilizer. The sophisticated wood finising on the infotainment panel and steering gives it a more urbane look(offered only on the 1.8-litre variant). Glove box at the dashboard can be used as storage. This 7 seater has got all the space to accommodate its passengers without much hassle.
Nissan's Livina accommodates all its passengers in the 7 seats distributed in three rows. With second and third row flexible seats, this vehicle can create more space for more legroom for first and second row passengers. Also, these flexi seats can be folded to flat with 60:40 split in second row and single folding in third row to create more luggage space. Stylish cup holders are provided for all the seats with arm rest for second row passengers.
Though the interior is designed keeping in view of 7 passengers including driver to accommodate in this MPV, the adult passengers in third row might feel cramped. However, the company has not compromised on the storage by providing hidden space as well as flexi luggage space to store more luggage. The rear trunk of Nissan Livina extends to 123 litres with all seats up. The bevy door pockets and glove box at the dash board is also spacious to keep petty things.
Engine and Performance:
Nissan Grand Livina comes in three variants. The 1.8 L 4 A/T, 1.6 L 4 A/T and 1.6 L 5 M/T variants are powered by MR18DE/HR16DE engines with inline 4 cylinders , 16 valves along with Drive by Wire (DBW). These engines churn out 126 PS at 5,200 rpm and maximum torque of 174 Nm at 4,800 rpm in 1.8 L MR18DE and 105 PS at 5,200 rpm and maximum torque of 150 Nm at 4,400 rpm in 1.6 L HR16DE to deliver a comfortable ride on any road.
Stereo and Accessories:
The Grand Livina is not your music express when it comes to audio and entertainment. However, this MPV comes equipped with a standard 2 DIN audio system with CD/MP3 player features. The speakers are neatly fitted on the four doors of this MPV. The overall sound quality is decent but does not promise to surprise you when listing to your favorite tunes on those long drives.
Nissan Grand Livina offers a standard 15 inch alloy wheels with 185/65 R15 tyres to keep a firm grip on road. The alloy wheels offer premium look to this MPV and also adds on to the overall dynamics of the car.
Braking and Handling:
For a safe and secure drive in this Nissan vehicle, ventilated disc type brakes are given on front wheels and drum types brakes on the rear wheels. MacPherson Strut type suspension system on front and Torsion Beam type suspension system at rear for good handling at high speeds.
Safety and Security:
Basic safety and security features have been included by the company during its designing. Nissan Grand Livina has 6 three-point seat belts and 1 lap belts to keep all the 7 occupants tied on their seats. This vehicle is equipped with dual airbags for driver and the front row passenger. A manually operated child safety lock at rear door is also given to ensure the safety of even the youngest passenger on Livina. The vehicle's body is divided into two zones to keep the passengers safe during a crash. Where one zone protects the passengers through a high strength cabin, the other zone is crushable and safely absorbs the impart of energy during a collision. Crash zone sensors are also placed behind the front bumper, which is the nearest area to the crash point, to sense any crash. Other features which are loaded in Nissan Grand Livina for a safer ride are collapsible steering wheel, EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), and brake assistance to protect its passengers and driver.
Fuel efficient MPV
Sporty interior with attractive exterior
Safety norms as per UNECE
Less room for third row passengers
Poor NVH level
No traction control