Road Test: Nissan Teana

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The Teana from the inside feels extremely rich. It has got leather finish on the steering and a general wood finish (available only on the top variant 250XV) making it look very pleasant. The Teana’s strongpoint has always been the simplicity and calmness that the cabin exudes not to mention excellent levels of fit and finish. If you are one of those who prefer to relax in the comfort of a plush leather armchair, then the Teana would be just about perfect for you. The front-passenger seat has a small button, which when pressed, lifts up a leg rest – giving you the feeling of a first-class seat in an airplane. The generous rear seats are quite comfortable with ample space, so that even a six-footer can easily stretch out and get comfortable easily. (However, the Superb still takes the cake when it comes to sheer rear-legroom). The centre-armrest has cup-holders which can hold two fairly glasses. However when you’d want to go three-up at the rear the folded in armrest could be a problem since it juts out from the seat squab, making the rear seat of the Teana supremely comfortable for just two people. Flip the armrest panel and you have access to the boot.

On the top-end variant we drove, the steering wheel comes with audio and cruise control, and we feel that the low-spec variant should also have these as standard. The cabin looks sophisticated and the theme follows through right down to the easily readable white-backlit instrument cluster. The large orange-on black information display makes reading effortless even on a bright sunny day, which isn’t the case in a few other cars. This screen, apart from displaying the currently played track, also shows the AC temperature, exterior temperature and time, in an easy-to-read, large legible font. The buttons on the central console (which work the air-conditioning and the audio system) are large and ergonomically placed. The car also sports a rear powered sunshade that would save the rear passengers from the intense sunshine if you’re based in a hot city.

Features on the Teana include: 8-way electrically powered driver’s seat; 4-way electrically powered front passenger’s seat; powered rear sun shade; active head rests; 6 CD-changer with 6-speakers and a twin exhaust. Talking about the safety, the base variant of the Teana has dual airbags for the front row passengers and the fully loaded model comes with six airbags which includes the front two, the curtain and side airbags. One very important feature that’s missing in the Teana are parking sensors which is a must in today’s congested parking lots – especially when you’ve got such a large car (and that bulbous rear that packs in more than enough boot space!) to manoeuvre into tight spots.

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