The MPV segment in the Philippines is filled with options. Buyers are spoiled for choice, with each vehicle offering something unique to the market with a price range that can fit almost anyone’s budget. One such vehicle that you should give a shot at is the all-new Nissan Livina. While it does look similar to the Mitsubishi Xpander, which by the way is its mechanical twin since Nissan and Mitsubishi are in an alliance with each other, it comes with its own set of features and styling that make it distinctly Nissan and a great choice for those looking for an MPV. that being said, here are five reasons why you should consider buying the Nissan Livina for your next car.
Okay, we understand that the Nissan Livina is a reskin of the Mitsubishi Xpander as they do share the same body structure and chassis. However, Nissan has done well to sculpt the front of the MPV to make it distinctly their own. They added their flare with the large V-motion grille design at the front along with the new headlight design as well. At the back, the V-motion elements continue with the taillights which are designed with a side-ways V in mind.
See, if you find that the Xpander with all its angles is too polarizing for you the Livina is its calmer and more contemporary counterpart. It has a bold front, is sleek, and takes on a more SUV-like appeal. It also helps that it has a decent amount of ground clearance measuring 200 mm which is great for the roads of the Philippines. This extra clearance helps you with potholes or ruts that would otherwise damage the bumpers of much lower vehicles. It's functional with a bit of a Nissan twist to it which is great if you are a fan of the brand.
One thing that the Nissan Livina has an edge over its competition is its leather interior. While other vehicles in its class such as the Honda BR-V do come with this option, you have to go several notches higher in terms of price to get it. In the case of the Livina, it offers it to you right off the bat at a more affordable price point.
As an MPV, it needs to be versatile not only with its seating configuration and capabilities but also in terms of the materials used. Leather is great for keeping dirt and dust away from the seats. It's also easier to clean as a quick wipe will get the job done fairly quickly.
Lest we forget, the Nissan Livina also comes with plenty of cubby space. Unlike its twin, the Mitsubishi Xpander, it comes with a deep center console that grants you plenty of space for storing random items. It also comes with a storage tray right under the front passenger seat as well. There is also a small shelf available for loose items as well positioned right above the glove box. Aside front this, there are seat pockets as well for the front passengers increasing the number of items you can store inside the vehicle. Topping it off, there is a small storage space hidden underneath the flooring of the cargo area behind the third row, which is great for storing smaller items like shoes.
Decent power on demand
Here is the thing, the Nissan Livina is powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that is mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. It produces 103 hp and 141 Nm of torque that is sent to the front wheels. While its power figures may not seem that great on paper it delivers a balanced ride and drive, in the real world. Nissan together with its alliance partner Mitsubishi helped make the Livina into a balanced vehicle that delivers well in terms of fuel economy and power. The gearing is just right for city crawls and the occasional highway drive, when it comes to the steeper stuff shifting to L or 2 will do the trick and quickly get the vehicle up the steep incline.
In terms of technology, the Nissan Livina comes with a great set of features. For starters, it has a Blaupunkt 7-inch information system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Do note that this might change depending on the dealership. Regardless the infotainment is decent for what it does and offers you seamless connectivity thanks to its Bluetooth and USB connection ports. Aside from this, the Livina also comes with plenty of charging ports to keep your devices topped up. It also comes with an intelligent key system that lets you unlock and lock the doors without having to take the keys out of your bag or pocket. Finally, it comes with a push start/stop button that lets you start and stop the car with a single press of a button. No need to “push push” to start here one push will do.
Safe for the whole family
Safety for the whole family is what the Nissan Livina offers you. It comes with the industry standard of dual front airbags, ABS, vehicle dynamic control, traction control, hill start assist, parking sensors, and a reverse camera. The body of the Nissan MPV was also designed to absorb crash impacts while protecting the occupants inside. As a bonus, it also comes with ISOFIX anchor points that make it easier to safely fit a child seat to your Livina by using standardized anchor points rather than the conventional seat belt system.
The Nissan Livina is a great choice for those who love the Nissan badge and want an MPV from them. Its been several years since the original Grand Livina was phased out of the market and its latest iteration is a great comeback to the segment for the Japanese automaker. It comes with the right features that many Filipinos will enjoy along with its unique styling cues that help make the MPV a distinctly Nissan vehicle.
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