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Light visual and equipment enhancements to the Nissan Sylphy help it to feel a little fresher, but it is still its space and practicality that stand out.

15 Oct 2018


The Nissan Sylphy has been around for quite a while now. This third generation model has been around now for five years, since the car was launched in Singapore back in 2013.

In a bid to deliver additional value for its customers and reinvigorate the model, the facelifted MY19 Nissan Sylphy comes with a number of design and equipment changes.

The Sylphy now sports Nissan's signature V-motion grille

So what's new, then?

Visually, the Sylphy has been updated, in line with the new design language consistent across the Nissan model range. This means it now sports the Nissan signature V-motion grille, flanked on either side by updated projector halogen lamps and LED accented lamps surrounding the main light.

At the rear, you now get strip-type LED lights, while the bumper has been slightly revised. You will also notice that the Premium trim now comes with stylish 16-inch twin five-spoke fan blade design alloy wheels.

The integrated navigation system comes standard on the Premium model

Inside, a new gloss black trim is available. Beyond that, though, the rest of the cabin looks remarkably similar. However, some new technologies are available. In addition to Bluetooth connectivity, the Sylphy now comes with an integrated navigation system, as well as a reverse camera.

Any changes to the powertrain?

Nope, this car is powered by the same 1.6-litre engine, mated to a continuously variable transmission. 114bhp and 154Nm of torque are certainly modest figures, but because the car weighs in at just 1,205kg, the car doesn't feel lethargic. It's not fast by any stretch of the imagination, but to get from one place to another, it gets the job done.

In fact, the car remains mechanically unchanged. It's still easy to pilot with its light steering, the suspension soaks up bumps on the road well, and it's well-insulated from outside noise. 

As far as practicality goes, the Sylphy will certainly meet all of your needs. Rear passengers have good amounts of legroom to travel in comfort. Plus, the 510-litre boot is bigger than some of its key competitors (the boot floor is quite deep). For example, the Hyundai Elantra has 458 litres, while the new Kia Cerato falls slightly short at 502 litres. 

The 510-litre boot is amply generous for all your hauling needs

So how does it fare against its competition?

Well, with brand new offerings like the above-mentioned Elantra and Cerato, there's no shying away from the fact that the Sylphy does feel a tad dated compared to those cars. Visually, the improvements do lend the car a more contemporary look, but it's inside the cabin that you feel the car's age.

And when it comes to price, this Premium trim model starts at $84,800 (as of 5 October 2018), which means it's slightly cheaper than its Japanese competitors like the Toyota Altis and the Honda Civic, but still pricier than the Koreans.

The Sylphy stands out for delivering space and practicality in spades at an affordable price

What the Sylphy continues to offer is high levels of comfort, space and practicality at a reasonable price tag. So if you are the sort of buyer that's looking for maximum space for your money, that's what the facelifted Nissan Sylphy can offer you.
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Car Information

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Price

: $92,300

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line DOHC Twin C-VTC

Engine Cap

:

1598cc

Horsepower

:

85kW (114 bhp) / 5600 rpm

Torque

:

154 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

:

Advanced Xtronic CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

11.7sec

Top Speed

:

180km/h

Fuel consumption

:

16.1 km/L

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