Road Test: Nissan Teana

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Nissan, over the years, have produced some of the most desirable enthusiast cars, like the GT-R which is one of the fastest production cars in the world and has clocked Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 29 seconds. Let’s not forget the Z cars from the Japanese car manufacturer – the 350Z of Tokyo Drift fame and even the first of the Z cars - Nissan or Datsun 280 Fairlady Z. All these are cars have impeccable ride and handling characteristics. The Nissan Teana isn’t a part of that supreme league, but is definitely quite a handler, but it’s quite obvious that the car has been tuned to deliver good ride quality more than anything else.

The Nissan engineers have done an overwhelming job with the suspension set-up of the Teana giving the occupants a composed ride at low and high speeds. The Teana comes with independent struts in the front and a multi-link type suspension at the rear.  The sedan feels insulated from the outside road conditions and all the road-shock and vibrations are absorbed by the dampers making the ride quite comfortable and plush. The steering is light and it’s very easy to manoeuvre this large car around in traffic. However, there’s no vagueness that comes in at speed, and the steering feel remains just as positive.

The Michelin Energy MXV8 tyres on our test car were soft but funnily enough they began to squeal even before the car clipped the apex on a corner. The only sound that filtered into the car, was of the tyres squealing during the turns and our photographer talking to the Almighty after having been shown the needle on the speedometer when we had to do a quick highway run. The Teana’s brakes feel good and bite fairly progressively. In our braking test, the Teana covered 29.3m before coming to a complete halt from a speed of 80kph. One major issue which we faced with the Teana is its ground clearance, which is just 145mm. Not to forget, it has a massive wheelbase of 2775mm which causes the underbelly and the rear end of the Teana to hit speed-breakers with four to five occupants in the car. The rear overhang can also pose a problem when you’re trying to park up a steep up-ramp.

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