Test drive: The Nissan Pixo is a special offer in series

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The Nissan Pixo is a special offer in series

Test drive: The Nissan Pixo is a special offer in series-pixo

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The Nissan Pixo is a small city car with low fuel consumption (5.6 liters in the test) and low CO 2 emissions (103 g / km).

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Test drive: The Nissan Pixo is a special offer in series-test

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At 3.57 meters, the four-door looks quite squat. Passengers in the rear also get to feel this physically.

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Its 68 hp accelerate the Pixo from 0 to 100 km / h in 14 seconds.

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The cockpit is spacious, but Nissan has saved on storage space.

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The CD radio (above) is nowhere near as easy to use as the ventilation and air conditioning system (below).

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If you don’t fold down the backrest, you have to be content with a very small trunk (129 l).

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It is built in India and that is not the only reason why it corresponds to the cliche of the absolutely cheap car. In fact, with the Nissan Pixo, you get a small car equipped with essential modern standards – at a price that is hard to beat. But he does not meet a very specific basic need.

F.he small car seems to have been made for city dwellers with simple basic automotive needs. The current sellers of the 2009 scrapping season are Hyundai i10, Smart Fortwo, Toyota Aygo, Renault Twingo or Fiat Panda. But it is definitely worth taking a look at exotic outsiders

A newcomer on the market is the Pixo, which Nissan has been promoting for a quarter of a year. The newcomer is manufactured in Delhi, India, as a cooperation with Suzuki and comes off the production line there, identical to its Alto model. A real import that sold a good 600 times in Germany in June. For comparison: Suzuki sold a good 700 copies of the Alto, bestsellers were the Twingo with almost 5300 and the Panda with well over 6000 sales.

Compared to the Smart, the Pixo is 87 centimeters longer, which can be decisive when conquering tight parking spaces, but it has four doors, 68 hp, meets the Euro 5 emissions standard and is tax-efficient: 20 euros a year.

Get in, adjust your seat and look around: the cockpit is spacious, the driver and front passenger sit comfortably. Start and go: the Pixo pulls properly in first, second and third gear. The little one is really fun. After a short period of acclimatization, the somewhat clumsy, very tightly built circuit of the five-speed gearbox is no longer a problem.

Of course, (almost) everything here is made of plastic. The central locking button in the narrow armrest of the driver’s door or the slider for the airflow of the ventilation make a coarse, mechanical noise that makes it clear how easily this car is made. Nothing seems insulated or isolated beyond a minimum. The suspension makes an almost sporty impression. A few hundred meters of cobblestone pavement is therefore no pure pleasure.

Out of the city: Nissan specifies a maximum speed of 155 km / h. If you exercise patience, the Pixo will also reach you, engine and driving noises remain more than bearable on the motorway. But owing to its 855 kg, the desire for a little more stability remains, especially in gusty winds. In the mix of heavy city traffic, country roads and motorways, the car consumed 5.6 liters of premium gasoline, Nissan states significantly less with 4.4 liters.

When you stop at the gas station, the inner workings of the four-seater reveals many a compromise at second glance. The CD radio causes confusion with buttons whose labeling (TA, PTY or AST) tries to force an annoying manual reading. Most of the storage compartments in the doors and the center console are very narrow and for the most part shaped in such a way that the possible contents would soon fly through the car. The sun visor on the driver’s side has a small mirror, but none is provided for the passenger.

The front headrests are fixed, not a millimeter of mobility in any direction, the rear ones rest on the backrest and uncomfortably press passengers over 1.75 meters into the shoulder blade. At least they can be adjusted in height, but they are definitely not big enough to comfortably relieve an adult’s head.

Overall, a dilemma of the small car reveals itself here: the rear. The headroom may still work, but where to put your legs? A four-door should keep what four doors promise – with the Pixo, however, the practical use of the rear entrances is largely exhausted by the easier transport of purchases or somewhat bulky goods. Especially since the 129-liter trunk (with the rear seat backrest folded down, a maximum of 774 l) is only willing to hold two sports bags.

However, the engineers had a good idea with the small opening that is visible on the lower inner edge when the tailgate is open. This is useful when you want to close the flap without getting dirty hands.

Driving a Nissan Pixo is not a matter of principle. An inexpensive car that meets all the needs of mobility (the Acenta version described here with electric front windows, four airbags, radio / CD player, central locking and height-adjustable steering column costs 9,190 euros) is not bought because of its fascinating engine performance or its exquisite Furnishing.

However, if you recall a Twingo or Smart, a fundamental question arises: Why can’t you think of a single striking detail about the Pixo just a few hours after the test drive? Probably because he’s as faceless as two dozen other models of car.

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