The Nissan Sentra has returned to South Africa after an 8 year absence from the market. Now in its 13th-generation the Sentra will do battle in the hotly contested C-segment where it will go up against models such as the Toyota Corolla and Vokswagen Jetta.
The Sentra is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder good for 85kW and 154Nm of torque which is accessed via the choice of either a 5-speed manual or CVT transmission. It’s a pretty frugal machine too with the manual and CVT option consuming 6.6-and 6.2l/100km respectively, while carbon emissions are pegged at 156 and 149 g/km.
Forming part of the Sentra’s safety arsenal are features such as ABS with EBD and BAS, five 3-point, low-friction seat belts, six airbags, an immobiliser and ISOFIX child seat anchorages.
It also gets a long list of standard modcons such as remote central locking, a multi-function steering wheel, a radio/CD audio system with MP3, USB/iPod and aux integration, Bluetooth, air con, electric windows and auto-locking doors to name but a few.
And the pricing? Well, both models are competitively priced with the manual version coming in at R230 000 and CVT at R250 000. The Sentra range is available as standard with a 3-year/90 000 km service plan and a 3-year/ 100 000 km warranty. Service intervals are 15 000 km.