Nissan Almera Tino

The Nissan Almera, Almera Tino and Primera have been voted as Best Buys in their class according to the 2003/2004 Which? Car report from the Consumers Association, published this month.

Which? describe the Best Buys as "the finest of today’s new cars. They’ve earned their spurs in all of the key areas that are important to car buyers – reliability, owner satisfaction, safety and security and running costs".

The Almera shares its Best Buy tag in the medium car class with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and the Ford Focus, while the Primera shares the spoils in the large car class with the Lexus IS200/IS300 and the BMW 3 series. The Almera Tino however is one of only two cars in the survey to be named as sole Best Buy in its class. Which? states that "the Almera Tino scores well in most respects and is well liked by owners".

Which? also lists cars that are "worth considering". These cars are "almost up there with the best of them, but have one or two drawbacks". In the off-road category, the X-TRAIL was listed as a vehicle worth considering. This was the only class not to have a Best Buy vehicle as Which? believe "most people buy these as style statements rather than workhorses – we can’t guarantee how good they are as mud-pluggers".

The Almera Tino and the X-TRAIL were recently voted the most reliable vehicles in their class in the recent Which? reliability survey (August 2003). The X-TRAIL has also been voted Best 4x4 Recreational Vehicle 2003 by Auto Express magazine.

Published : 07/10/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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