The recognition of vehicles and sport-utility automobiles have trimmed the gross sales of subcompact automobiles and inflicting some carmakers to flee the phase.
However the subcompact phase shouldn’t be lifeless but and Nissan has put a little bit of a spark in it with the introduction of the 2020 Nissan Versa, a small sedan fairly able to filling plenty of roles.
The overwhelming majority of People drive themselves to work and the 2020 Versa can function an environment friendly automobile for commuting, particularly for longer journeys the place gasoline economic system is a matter. It’s additionally helpful for on a regular basis errands in city and suburban neighborhoods the place parking is tight and at a premium.
The Versa can also match properly into city parking areas on the road or in crammed parking heaps.
The 2020 Versa additionally comes with driver help know-how, a very good sound system and an inside that has been upgraded, with brilliant work to spotlight inside parts and good-looking stitching to set off the tender materials used on the dashboard.
As well as, there parts akin to a door plate and puddle lights which can be often discovered on costlier automobiles.
The 2020 Versa is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine is rated at 122-horsepower and 114 foot-pounds of torque. It additionally will get 32 miles per gallon in metropolis driving and 40 mpg on the freeway for a mixed score of 35 mpg. However I discovered, whereas checking the fuel-economy gauge within the Versa, I used to be getting 39 mpg in mixed metropolis and freeway driving.
The 2020 Nissan Versa additionally dealt with properly. It had a stable steering really feel and brakes and delivered a very good regular experience on what I felt to be a stable suspension. Nonetheless, highway and tire noise did filter into the Versa’s cabin.
Within the automobile I drove the 1.6-liter engine was paired with an enhanced Xtronic CVT transmission. In my expertise, CVTs don’t precisely have a strong fan base, however I discovered the transmission within the Versa shifted easily are pretty exactly with little or no drama.
Nonetheless, Nissan, surprisingly, is making 5-speed guide is on the market on the Versa. Gasoline economic system with the 5-speed guide transmission is rated at 27 mpg metropolis, 35 mpg freeway and a mixed score of 30 mpg, which is considerably lower than the CVT-equipped Versa.
Nissan designers have taken benefit of the automobile’s transverse-mounted engine to create an eye-pleasing design. Lengthy hoods are sometimes favored by automotive designers as a result of they can assist create properly balanced proportions. However the Versa because of stubby engine compartment and slopping, floating roof has a line that flows effortlessly from entrance to again, giving the automobile a singular look both from the three quarter or profile view.
All through the years, Nissan has developed a popularity for creating exterior designs with an emotional enchantment and the 2020 Versa, which is also decrease, longer and wider than its predecessor, carries on the custom. The brand new exterior strains of the Versa additionally match properly with a re-interpretation of Nissan’s distinctive entrance grille and the boomerang form headlamps and taillights.
Nissan additionally clothes up the Versa a bit. The Versa SR, for instance, comes with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires, LED headlights, fog lights and in addition may be ordered with heated entrance seats and Clever Cruise Management.
Along with the distinctive dashboard, key inside options embrace a sporty D-shaped steering wheel, 7-inch touchscreen audio show, distant keyless entry and commonplace push button begin whereas a heated entrance seat to automated local weather management are additionally obtainable on the Versa.
Nissan additionally has built-in a powerful listing of latest know-how into the 2020 Versa akin to a regular Bluetooth hands-free cellphone system and streaming audio and with steering wheel controls. A rear-view monitor, Siri Eyes Free, AM/FM audio system with 4 audio system and USB connection port for iPod and different suitable units, and hands-free textual content messaging assistant are additionally obtainable.
The Nissan Security Defend 360 system, which incorporates automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automated braking, lane departure warning, excessive beam help, blind-spot warning and rear-cross visitors alert, can be found on the 2020 Versa and improve the general worth of the automobile and add to its functionality. Different obtainable know-how contains “Clever Driver Alertness” and “Clever Cruise Management.”
The Versa I drove was geared up with the complete package deal of a driver help options and general, I discovered they had been properly tailored to the automobile. I do know a variety of drivers discover ADAS options annoying, however I discovered the know-how on the Versa unobtrusive and useful somewhat than jarring.
A 60/40-split fold-down rear additionally is on the market to seat supply higher utility when carrying folks and cargo.
There’s now such factor as an affordable new automobile. However the producers prompt retail value for the “loaded” 2020 Versa that I drove was fairly affordable at $21,490, which included the $895 vacation spot cost.
Small automobiles have some apparent drawbacks, however Nissan has performed a really good job in enhancing the general enchantment of the 2020 Versa.