There are no problems with a ‘pasted on boot’ with the Nissan Sunny. Sure, it is based on the same platform as the Micra, but Nissan had a free hand with the exterior design. I’m not the biggest fan of Nissan designs, but I have to say that it has turned out quite well – it looks like a mini-Teana, which is a very good thing. The grille has a generous chrome surround which gives it a premium feel. The almond-shaped headlamps are precursors to the organic shape and lines that follow from the hood to the tail. It looks a little tail-heavy when looked at from the side, but that is in keeping with the Teana look. The two C-shaped ridges both at the front and rear fenders are interesting design elements: they relieve the monotony of the car and it doesn’t look slab-sided despite the height of the painted parts. From the rear three-quarters the Sunny looks quite balanced, with the wraparound tail-lamps and horizontal creases on the bootlid and bumper disguising the height of the boot. There is no chrome strip above the number plate like the Dzire has, which might have given a more premium look to the rear.
We’ve got the mid-level VXi Dzire here squaring up against the top-spec Sunny XV, so the Dzire is missing the bigger alloy wheels and wider tyres that enhance the looks a little.
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