The 2018 Nissan Versa is the ultimate "value menu" in the market especially for those on a tight budget. The Versa is ideal for those who don't need the special luxury features found on other vehicles. It has the most spacious cabin and cargo areas in its class. The trims have few standard technology features, and its engine is underwhelming. However, it boasts an outstanding fuel economy with (Continuously Variable Transmission CVT). If you're looking for a car that offers maximum space at a minimum price, the Nissan Versa could suit you best.
Which special features stand out for the Nissan Versa?
The Nissan Versa is a subcompact sedan offered in four trim levels: SV, SL and S, S Plus. The S model comes with 15-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, power mirrors, cloth upholstery, manual windows and locks, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a tilt-only steer wheel, a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, a trip computer, steering- wheel audio controls and an auxiliary audio input jack.
The S Plus gets a level continuously variable transmission (CVT), a cruise control and a rear spoiler.
Going up to the SV model, you will get remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, improved cloth upholstery and interior design, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, height adjustable driver's seat with an armrest, improved instrumentation, map lights, and a USB port.
The brand new SV Special edition option adds 15-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior accents, sleek fog lights, intermittent windshield wipers, a neat leather-wrapped steering wheel, an audio system with a 5-inch color display, a rearview camera, a satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio and a hands-free text messaging feature.
The SL comes with the features of the previously mentioned SV Special Edition and adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a side mirror with integrated turn signals, a navigation system, and a keyless ignition.
What are the Safety Features of Nissan Versa?
The Nissan Versa comes with standard antilock brakes in the front disc and rear drum, it has a traction and stability control function, front seat airbags and side shield curtain airbags. It has a rearview camera that is standard on the SL and optional on the SV.
The National Traffic Safety Administration rates the Nissan Versa's safety as a four out of five stars in frontal crash and rollover tests. On the other hand, the Versa note hatchback receives three stars out of five in the frontal crash and rollover tests. A three-star rating is below standard for the class. Nissan Sentra earns a slightly better score in crash tests.
How can we rate the Nissan Versa as a performer?
The Nissan Versa is powered by a 1.6-litre with four cylinders that produce 109 horsepower and 107 pounds per foot. It has a five-speed manual transmission standard on the S and four-speed automatic that is optional. It has a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that is standard on all the other Versa models. All the transmission sends power to the front wheel. With the CVT automatic, its estimated fuel economy stands at an excellent 35 mpg combined (31 city/39 highway).
What does the Nissan Versa interior look like?
The Nissan Versa has enough room, though it is as comfortable as sitting on a bag of sand. The rear seats are designed to give enough room to the head and leg room in order to accommodate 6-footers, so folks with an "American height" are certainly covered.
The driver's seat lacks the adjustable height design on lower trim levels, and the steering wheel can only be tilted, hence making it hard to find a comfortable driving position. You will love that the dash controls are easy to see and operate. The Versa's huge trunk offers 14.9 cubic feet of cargo room but can be expanded by split folding the rear seats in both the SV and SL models.
What is the driving experience on the road?
When driving this vehicle on the road, it delivers a comfortable ride on rough road surfaces although it is flawed when it comes to suspension ability. The suspension is overly soft with an uninspiring handling. The acceleration boasts of something to be desired; the engine gets loud when pressed hard in speeding or overtaking situations for a Versa fitted with the CVT.