It was in 2005 when I first bought my Nissan Sentra (B14 second-generation) at the Nissan Mantrade dealership in Makati. I was supposed to buy a Toyota Vios back then—because it was newly launched and something that I like—but due to my brother’s persistence in pushing me to try Nissan’s technology, the next thing I remember was parking the Sentra inside my garage.
The N16, also referred to as the Exalta body, was a bit intriguing to the public. After the phenomenal success of the B13 LEC and super saloon, Nissan took charge to replace it with the Super Touring (series 3) B14 came packed with a sportier bodykit, bumpers, sideskirts and spoiler. Back then, Nissan patrons got so thrilled when the facelift model of B14 arrived.
But it took quite some time for Nissan to replace their aging B14. So when I had this opportunity to test drive the new Nissan Sentra 200 over the weekend, I was bit excited and felt nostalgic like seeing an old friend once again.
From the front, one can admire this Nissan’s bold and mighty stance. No doubt, it’s bigger and better compared to the second-generation. The new Sentra 200 is based on Nissan’s Global C sedan platform offering roominess, stylish and ample of amenities. The first thing I noticed is the huge size disparity from its previous wheelbase. It offers an additional chunk size of 150mm, making it more spacious and comfortable to all passengers on board. The Sentra 200 has a maximum width and height of 1,790mm and 1,512mm respectively, and an overall length of 4,567mm.
The extended look of the new Sentra two halogen bulb headlamps down to the front foglamps plus the front grille bar type bumper gives the car a sporty and athletic appeal. Side mirrors are now electric folding which is a big plus factor.
The Sentra 200 is equipped with Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) technology which allows smooth acceleration and delivers continuous engine power. And perhaps, its biggest asset is its MR20 2.0-liter engine that has an impressive 140 horsepower.
Would-be buyers of the Sentra 200 should put its price tag of P1.150 million into perspective. It comes with ABS, EBD, reverse sensors and dual SRS airbags as standard. With its comfort features and practical appeal, the new Sentra 200 may just hold water and give the competitors a serious run for their money.
Photos contributed by: Eric Soriano
- Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) technology
- Roomy interior
- Fuel consumption (average 11-kilometers per liter/mixed driving)
- Driving dynamics
- Smooth ride
- Safety features
PRICE : P 1.150 million
ENGINE : 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower : 140 hp @ 5100 rpm
Max. Torque : 199 Nm @ 4800 rpm
Length : 4567 mm
Width : 1790 mm
Height : 1512 mm
TRANSMISSION : 6-speed CVT
SEATING CAPACITY : 5PAX
BRAKES : (Front) Ventilated disc (Rear) Drum
WHEELS & TIRES : 6.5J x 16-inch Alloy on 205/55/16
Front Suspension : Macpherson Strut with stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension : Torsion Beam with coil spring
WHEELBASE : 2685 mm