Drivespark thinks the Evalia will not impress a fresh generation MPV/MUV lover. The styling is old school and sliding door cars are fading out (the last successful being the Maruti OMNI). However, if you are looking for a spacious urban class utility vehicle you might want to give this a shot.
- Ride quality is fairly good for a tall beastly Van.
- Light steering and a good turning radius.
- The 1.5 litre diesel engine generates sufficient power.
- Easy loading of heavy luggage due to wide opening of boot.
- Good frontal visibility while driving.
- Good option for big families & airport journeys.
- Leaf spring suspension leads to a bit of a bouncy drive for second and third row passengers.
- ARAI rated fuel consumption of 19kpl, on a hard driven day fully loaded with passengers returned 10kpl.
- Flimsy plastic tags to get the second row seats down.
- Middle row passenger window is not airy and does not roll down either.
- Second row and third row seats lack thigh support.
- Open glove box. It does not have a lid and is positioned lower. Thus, the front passenger has to bend a bit to get anything out of the glove box.
- 14 inch puny tires.
- Oddly positioned power window switches.
- Cup holders which gets in the way of the front occupant's leg room.
Nissan's biggest challenge would come in the form of Mahindra Xylo and Toyota Innova. Can they price it below INR 10 lakh? If yes, then would Indian's take to its odd styling or would it end up as another Indian taxi!