Nissan Magnite vs rivals: Features comparison

    The Nissan Magnite is the latest entrant in the burgeoning compact SUV space. Here’s how it compares to its rivals on the features front.

    Published On Nov 19, 2020 06:00:00 AM

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    Nissan Magnite vs rivals: Features comparison

    When the Nissan Magnite launches on November 26, it’ll enter what is one of the most fiercely-contested segments today. Nissan has officially revealed the Magnite compact SUV and confirmed the features that will be available on the top-spec variant. We’ve also brought you expected prices for the Magnite, but now it’s time to see how the Magnite compares to other compact SUVs on safety equipment, technology and creature comforts.

    • Magnite packs segment-first 360-deg camera, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • Magnite does not get a sunroof
    • Nissan Magnite launch on November 26

    Nissan Magnite safety kit

    Nissan Magnite vs rivals: Safety kit
    MagniteSonetVenueXUV300NexonVitara BrezzaUrban CruiserEcoSport
    Airbags26672226
    ESPYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYes
    Traction controlYesYesNoYesYesNoNoYes
    Hill-start assistYesYesYesYesYesAT onlyAT onlyYes
    Isofix child seat mountsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
    Disc brakesFrontFrontFrontFront & rearFrontFrontFrontFront
    Parking sensorsRearFront & rearRearFront & rearRearRearRearRear
    Parking camera360-degreeRearRearRearRearRearRearRear
    Tyre pressure monitorYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYes

    In its segment, the Magnite is not the trendsetter when it comes to safety equipment, with the Mahindra XUV300 being by far the best-equipped and also being Global NCAP’s top safety pick. On paper, Nissan’s compact SUV comes across as having a longer list of safety equipment compared to the Maruti’s Vitara Brezza and Toyota’s Urban Cruiser, although it does get a tyre pressure monitor like the Tata NexonFord EcoSport, Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue. It lags behind in terms of the number of airbags on offer compared to the XUV300, EcoSport, Sonet and Venue. The XUV300 and Sonet are the only models here to come with front parking sensors. It’s worth mentioning here that the Magnite is the only one in the segment to have a 360-degree camera.

    Nissan Magnite features

    Nissan Magnite vs rivals: Creature comforts and convenience features
    MagniteSonetVenueXUV300NexonVitara BrezzaUrban CruiserEcoSport
    HeadlightsLEDLEDHalogenHalogenHalogenLEDLEDHID
    LED DRLsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
    Automatic climate control1-zone1-zone1-zone2-zone1-zone1-zone1-zone1-zone
    Rear AC ventsYesYesYesNoYesNoNoNo
    Keyless entry and goYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
    Paddle shiftersNoNoYesNoNoNoNoYes
    Cruise controlYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
    Leatherette upholsteryYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYes
    60:40 split-folding rear seatYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
    Ventilated front seatsNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
    Wireless smartphone chargerOptionYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
    SunroofNoYesYesYesYesNoNoYes
    Air purifierOptionYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
    Ambient lightingOptionYesNoNoNoNoNoNo

    In terms of the creature comforts and convenience features on offer, the Magnite is well-equipped. The top-spec variant brings auto climate control, leatherette seats, LED headlights, and cruise control, with an air purifier, ambient lighting and a wireless smartphone charger available as options.

    The Magnite is better equipped than the likes of the Nexon, Vitara Brezza and Urban Cruiser, especially taking into account some of the optional extras available with the Technology pack. However, the Magnite misses out on a sunroof, which is a popular feature today and available with nearly every other compact SUV save for the Vitara Brezza and Urban Cruiser.

    Nissan Magnite technology

    Nissan Magnite vs rivals: Infotainment and tech
    MagniteSonetVenueXUV300NexonVitara BrezzaUrban CruiserEcoSport
    Touchscreen8.0-inch10.25-inch8.0-inch7.0-inch7.0-inch7.0-inch7.0-inch8.0-inch
    Android Auto/Apple CarPlayYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
    Connected car techNoUVO ConnectBlueLinkNoiRANoNoFordPass
    Audio system6-speaker JBL7-speaker Bose6-speaker Arkamys6-speaker8-speaker Harman6-speaker6-speaker6-speaker
    Instrument cluster7.0-inch digital7.0-inch digitalAnalogueAnalogue7.0-inch digitalAnalogueAnalogueAnalogue
    Drive modesNoYesNoNoYesNoNoNo

    When it comes to in-car tech, the Kia Sonet clearly leads the pack, with the largest-in-class 10.25-inch touchscreen, a 7-speaker Bose sound system and a variety of drive modes. The Magnite misses out on drive modes and connected car tech like the XUV300, Vitara Brezza and Urban Cruiser, and the XUV300 offers a little bit more with its dual-zone climate control system as well as steering modes. That said, the Magnite does get a 7.0-inch, full-colour digital instruments display and also packs segment-first wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

    Nissan Magnite prices are expected to start around Rs 5.5 lakh for the entry-level variant,and the range is set to max out at around Rs 9.55 lakh for the top-spec Turbo CVT model (all prices estimated, ex-showroom).

    Do you think the Nissan Magnite’s features list will be a draw for potential buyers? Let us know in the comments.

    Also see:

    Nissan Magnite dimensions, fuel efficiency revealed

    Nissan Magnite engine, variant details revealed

    Nissan Magnite first look video

    Nissan Cars

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