Nissan Pixo Review

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Nissan Pixo Review

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The Nissan Pixo is just over 3.5-metres long and has a 2,360mm wheelbase, which allows for a 5-door format with all four doors of a sensible size; large enough to allow adults to get in and out easily or elbow room when fixing a child in its seat.

The Nissan Pixo is just over 3.5-metres long and has a 2,360mm wheelbase, which allows for a 5-door format with all four doors of a sensible size; large enough to allow adults to get in and out easily or elbow room when fixing a child in its seat.

The two, cloth-covered rear seats are a little upright but this means adequate legroom for adults and as there are only two seats, plenty of shoulder room, too. In all but the base model, the rear seat backs have a 50:50 split and fold function via a simple pull-strap. Only the backs fold so they don't form a flat floor but it is enough to make the difference between 129- and 367-litres of luggage capacity.

At the front of the cabin, again, there is no apparent difference between the Nissan Pixo and the Suzuki Alto. That said, the top-spec Suzuki Alto does come with a separate rev-counter, which is not available, even as an option, on the Nissan Pixo.

The whole idea of budget motoring is to keep it simple and to a minimum without compromising on comfort: only the essentials onboard. So, the single dial in the instrument panel shows the speed, while digital displays provide information about fuel levels and simple, trip information.

The dashboard is made from textured plastics; the upper panel is black and the lower, grey. This also extends into the door panels creating an integrated effect that belies cut-price expectations.

Unfortunately, like the Suzuki Alto, the Nissan Pixo has a high-level centre console that slopes downwards to the base of the windscreen and, in certain circumstances, reflects the light onto the screen causing a veiled effect.

The upper level of the centre console of the Nissan Pixo houses a radio and single CD player with MP3 playback and two speakers. During the test, the CD player was the preferred source of entertainment as the radio kept wandering off in search of a station. This was probably not helped by the flexible, external antenna that kept banging against the roof at motorway speeds.

As well as the boot space, there are quite a few oddments trays and cubbies to compliment the open, drop-in glovebox, which is a good deal larger than most conventional glove-boxes.

Overall, the Nissan Pixo's cabin offers plenty of elbow room and broad comfortable seating, although there is no height adjustment for either of the front occupants.

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Nissan Pixo Road Test Data
Model ReviewedNissan Pixo
  
Body TypeHatchback
ColourWhite Shell
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph14 Seconds
Top Speed 96 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban51.5 mpg
Extra Urban74.3 mpg
Combined64.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group2
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Price (when tested on the 16/11/09)£8,195

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