For the second consecutive year, the Nissan Almera Tino and Primera have been voted as Best Buys in their class according to the 2004/2005 Which? Car report from the Consumers Association, published this month.
Which? says: "To be awarded the prestigious Best Buy accolade, a car needs to impress us across the board – it needs to be safe, secure, reliable and a hit with its owners. Our Best Buys are the finest new cars currently in showrooms."
The Primera shares its "best buy" tag with the Volvo S60, Lexus IS200/IS300 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but Which? is quick to point out that "with so many large cars being pitched towards the premium end of the class, the Primera is the only Best Buy that you can drive away for less than £15,000".
The Almera Tino was named the sole "best buy" in the mini MPV class and Which? describes it as having "flexible interior space for passengers and luggage, comfortable to drive and cheap to run - owners are pleasantly surprised by servicing, parts and insurance costs".
Which? also lists cars that are "worth considering". These cars "have one or two drawbacks or we don’t have enough information to make them Best Buys, but they are certainly worth a place on your test drive short list". Nissan has three cars on the worth considering list - the Micra, Almera and X-TRAIL.
The Nissan X-TRAIL was recently voted "best 4x4 recreational vehicle" for the third consecutive year and the Micra was voted Best Compact diesel for the 1.5dCi version by top selling weekly motoring magazine Auto Express.Published 14 September 2004