Under the skin, the Magnite is built on the Renault-Nissan CMF-A platform and the upcoming Renault compact SUV will share it too. While the platform has been used before, the Magnite debuts with Nissan’s 1.0-litre HRA0 turbo petrol, three-cylinder engine. Apart from the turbo unit you also get a naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol that you also see in the Renault Triber. What we are driving here is the 1.0-litre turbo with the CVT gearbox. Power output stands at 98bhp and 152Nm of torque. Now compared to this the Vitara Brezza gets naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol with 103bhp and 138Nm of torque and a four-speed torque converter gearbox.
Right off the bat, the Magnite feels peppy. The engine feels refined and what impresses the most is the Xtronic CVT gearbox. Nissan has managed to tune it extremely well to reduce shift shock and the rubber band effect that CVT gearboxes are known for. In fact, it is so good that if you modulate the throttle well, it is hard to notice that this is a CVT gearbox. Acceleration is peppy and there’s plenty of torque at hand which makes overtaking and munching highways a relaxed procedure. Nissan has also worked hard on the NVH levels and it shows. Under normal driving conditions, the cabin feels quiet and the overall experience is a refined one.
Now compared to the Vitara Brezza, the Magnite has more torque, 14Nm more to be specific but the Brezza has slightly more power, 5 more bhp to be specific. But what tilts the favour towards the Magnite further is that the Nissan is almost 100kgs lighter than the Maruti, and that's what gives it that effortless performance during daily driving. Lastly, Nissan also claims a fuel efficiency figure of 17.7kmpl which is slightly less as compared to the Brezza AT which is rated at 18.76kmpl. Overall Nissan has managed a fantastic job with the new engine and the CVT transmission and we are very impressed with it.