The Nissan Almera is a subcompact sedan poised to be the family car of choice in the Philippines. Sleek curves and subtle lines around the body give it a touch of class, emphasized by chrome accents in front and at the trunk. Inside the Nissan Almera, a 5-seater cabin greets you with generous head- and leg-room. The center cluster of controls gives illumination for easier readability at night, while a rear air-conditioning vent with independent control is available for the top variant. No compromise is made for its trunk space with its 490L capacity – the best in its class.
Nissan Philippines equipped the Almera with standard features such as front airbags, keyless system, brake assist, immobilizer, child protection lock plus anchor and speed sensing door locks. The Nissan Almera starts with a 1.2-liter engine with 5-speed manual transmission, while a bigger and more powerful choice comes in with a 1.5-liter engine that's either equipped with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
The current-generation Nissan Almera was launched in the Philippines in 2013 by the then Nissan Motor Philippines Inc. (NMPI). It's one of the Nissan cars that are assembled locally in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
The Nissan Almera is a four-door subcompact sedan that rides on the Nissan Global V platform. Its engine is mounted up front while power is sent to the front wheels, as well. There are two engine choices for the Almera, which are the 1.2-liter HR12DE 3-Cylinder DOHC and the 1.5-liter HR15DE 4-Cylinder DOHC – both are gasoline and mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Almera has McPherson struts with coil springs and stabilizer bar up front, and rigid axle torsion beam setup at the rear. Front wheels have ventilated disc brakes while the rear wheels have drum brakes.
78 hp, 106 Nm of torque (1.2-liter)
98 hp, 134 Nm of torque (1.5-liter)
5-Speed Manual (1.2-liter and 1.5-liter E only)
Whether you like a relaxing drive or a fast-paced trip, the Almera can deliver, but with reservations. The engine is responsive and the car easily moves even with 4 people on-board and on uphill climbs.
The Almera is also gifted with a light steering feel, so maneuvering on tight city streets is easy and effortless. Although, it could have been better if the steering gets a bit heavier on the highway for a stabler cruise. Still, it stays composed even at high speeds.
As an entry-level vehicle from Nissan, the Almera still provides several conveniences for both the driver and the passengers. Steering wheel audio control buttons are available, as well as automatic climate control and speed-sensing door locks for the top variant. The infotainment system is a 2DIN type with auxiliary input.
The Almera is also one of the first subcompact sedans in the Philippines to get rear air-conditioning vents with a separate control.
The Nissan Almera follows the brand’s design language, characterized by the V-Motion grille. The range-topper gets chrome accents, while the lower variants have mostly matte black parts. The Almera has halogen lights, as well, and sits on 15-inch alloys.
The Almera has a light-colored interior cabin theme, partnered with curvy shapes and circular vents. With that said, Nissan’s subcompact employs an airy and cool cabin. You can also factor in that the Almera has one of the biggest interior spaces in its class, plus the trunk space defaults at 490L, which is the biggest among subcompact sedans.
The Almera’s full range comes standard with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, and ISOFIX child seat tethers. The top variant Almera gets rear parking sensors as extra.
Pros & Cons
What you’ll like in the Nissan Almera are its immense interior space and its notably low fuel consumption. On our review, we were able to get 21.3 km/L in this vehicle during highway drives at 90 km/h. The rear air-conditioning vents are also a plus factor for the Nissan subcompact sedan.
On the other hand, you might not like the fact that the 4-speed automatic transmission of the Almera doesn’t have a manual mode. Nissan also used a lot of hard plastics in its interior, though they are masked in a beige color.
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John Cristopher Acosta
Nissan Almera 1.5 E AT
Purchased from Nissan Pasig
May 07, 2021
Nissan Almera 1.5 E AT
Purchased from Nissan Cebu Central
April 26, 2021
Not completely satisfied with the instructions covering the overall operations of my Nissan. No under the hood guidance. Like where are the dipsticks and how to add fluids when ne......
Not completely satisfied with the instructions covering the overall operations of my Nissan. No under the hood guidance. Like where are the dipsticks and how to add fluids when needed. I thought the car had drivers height adjustment and a Cd- player. Construction number F4F417.
Comfort is what i really love with this car. The AC is so sustainable even in hot summer days, the space is so accommodating even in 5 seating capacity. Most of the time my passeng......
Comfort is what i really love with this car. The AC is so sustainable even in hot summer days, the space is so accommodating even in 5 seating capacity. Most of the time my passengers are so comfortable sleeping in a long drive, no complains with the AC and Space. the engine can took off fast while its carrying heavy loads. the interior is subjective, other prefers a modern look while others sees it a bit outdated. but for me its kinda give you a modern retro style, clean and not noisy feel. the fuel consumption is also economical. this car is perfect for comfort driving experience.
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Is the Nissan Almera fuel efficient?
The Nissan Almera 1.5L VL was relatively fuel-efficient based on our reviews. It got 7.1 km/L reading in heavy city traffic, while light traffic at 60 km/h clocked in 15.2 km/L. Highway drives read back 21.3 km/L at an average speed of 90 km/h.
Does the Nissan Almera come with leather upholstery?
Only the top-of-the-line Nissan Almera VL gets leather upholstery in beige color theme.
What's the automatic transmission type of the Nissan Almera in the Philippines?
The Philippine-spec Nissan Almera is available with a 4-speed automatic transmission. However, it is available with a CVT in other markets.
When will Nissan Philippines bring in the all-new Almera?
Nissan Philippines hasn't officially announced if and when will it bring the all-new Almera, which was released earlier this year globally.
Is there a manual transmission Nissan Almera?
There are currently two manual transmission variants of the Nissan Almera, both 1.2-liter and 1.5-liter versions. However, only entry-level variants get the shift stick.
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