With the launch of new Sunny facelift in India yesterday, Nissan has upped the game in this price conscious segment. Sunny already enjoyed the crown of being the most spacious car by a few notches.

At the price points it is placed at, it nicely enjoys a position just between the entry level C-segmenters as well as the premium C-Segment cars. In this post, we compare it with the lesser cars.

So, how has the facelift affected the competition? Let us compare the key specs and prices against the competition.

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Sunny Facelift vs Scala vs Etios vs Sail vs (Fiesta) Classic: DIESEL

Specification Nissan Sunny Renault Scala Chevrolet Sail Toyota Etios Ford Classic
Engine 1.5L 1.5L 1.3L 1.4L D-4D 1.4L TDCi
Max Power 86PS 86Ps 78PS 68PS 68PS
Peak torque 200Nm 205Nm 205Nm 170Nm 160Nm
Transmission 5 speed manual 5 speed manual 5 speed manual 5 speed manual  5 speed manual
L×B×H (in mm) 4455×1695×1515 4425×1695×1505 4249×1690×1503 4265×1695×1510 4282×1686×1468
Wheelbase 2600mm 2600mm 2465mm 2550mm 2486mm
Boot Space 490L 490L 370L 595L 430L
Fuel Tank 41L 41L N/A 45 45L
Turning radius 5.3m 5.3m 5.15m 4.9m 4.9m
Fuel Efficiency (ARAI) 22.71 kmpl 21.64 kmpl 22.1 kmpl 23.59 kmpl 20 kmpl
Kerb Weight N/A 1080-1085kg 1124kg 995-1020kg 1150kg
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 7.99 to Rs 9.61 lakhs Price being revised Rs 6.34 – 7.54 lakhs Rs 6.64 lakhs to Rs 8.08 lakhs Rs 6.19 to Rs 7.35 lakhs

Sunny and Scala churn out the maximum power which is significantly higher than the competition. Torque is a shade lower than Scala as well as the Sail however. Both the Nissan Sunny and sibling Scala share the same K9K diesel engine and hence have almost similar specs. The Sail sedan gets the 1.3L Multijet engine whereas the Etios and Classic come with 1.4L diesel motors.

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On the fuel efficiency front, Etios outdoes every other car with very impressive ARAI rated mileage figures followed by the new Sunny facelift.

Sunny Facelift vs Scala vs Etios vs Sail vs (Fiesta) Classic: PETROL

Specification Nissan Sunny Renault Scala Chevrolet Sail Toyota Etios Ford Classic
Engine 1.5L 1.5L 1.2L 1.5L DOHC 1.6L Duratec
Max Power 99PS/101PS (CVT) 99Ps/101PS (CVT) 86PS 90PS 101PS
Peak torque 134Nm 134Nm 113Nm 132Nm 146Nm
Transmission 5 speed manual/CVT 5 speed manual/CVT 5 speed manual 5 speed manual  5 speed manual
L×B×H (in mm) 4455×1695×1515 4425×1695×1505 4249×1690×1503 4265×1695×1510 4282×1686×1468
Fuel Efficiency (ARAI) 16.95kmpl/17.97 (CVT) 16.95kmpl 18.2kmpl 16.78kmpl NA
Kerb Weight N/A 1005-1040kg 1065kg 920-945kg 1110kg
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 6.99 lakhs to Rs 8.91 lakhs Price being revised Rs 5.15-6.38 lakhs Rs 5.39 lakhs to Rs 7.04 lakhs Rs 4.88 lakhs to Rs 6.35 lakhs

When we talk about the petrol comparison things do not appear as simple. The Ford Classic has the biggest engine here and is the most fun to drive as well. Sunny, Scala and Etios come with 1.5L petrol engines whereas the Sail has the smallest 1.2L motor. Both Sunny and Scala produce a fairly good power output whereas the Etios is surprisingly zesty for the deceptive specs it shows.

The Fiesta Classic is the most torquey as well followed by Sunny, Scala, Etios and Sail. Sunny (& Scala) also come with a CVT gearbox which is not on offer on other cars. If we discount the Sail for its smaller engine, new Sunny and Scala CVT are the most fuel efficient cars here. They are followed by Etios. Remember all these are ARAI rated figures.

The new Sunny facelift is the largest car out there out-speccing all its rivals in all dimensions – length, breadth and height! Along with Scala, Sunny has the largest wheelbase in the segment which is the secret of its very impressive interior leg room.

However, on the boot space front, smaller Etios walks away with the crown. At 595 liters, it has one of the largest boot spaces among all C-segment sedans. Sunny and Scala also get a smaller 41 liter fuel tank against the 45 liters of the competition.

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Being larger in size also has its shortcomings. Both Scala and Sunny have the largest turning radius whereas the Classic and Etios, with their 4.9 meters are the segment best. Etios is the lightest of the lot as well!

Price Comparison – Petrol

Fiesta Classic petrol is fabulously well priced and it is still one of the most fun to drive cars in this segment. It is followed by Sail as expected and Etios which is also pretty value for money for what it offers. Sunny facelift is the most costliest of the lot here.

Price Comparison – Diesel

Sunny facelift diesel starts at about 8 Lakhs for the ex-showroom price and goes all the way upto 9.6 lakhs on the ex-showroom Delhi price. The remaining ones – Sail, Classic as well as Etios are more aggressively placed with prices starting at about 6.5 Lakhs and going over to about 8 lakhs.

New Sunny comes with striking looks, better fuel efficiency and a promised overall better package.

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