Nissan Almera (1995 – 2000) Review

Nissan Almera (1995 – 2000) At A Glance


+Often underrated but generally reliable.

-Anodyne looks, slow diesels and penny-pinching spec on some 1.4 models. Body rot kills them off after around 8 years.

Replacing the Sunny wasn’t an easy task, but Nissan was up to the job – nailing the brief of creating a dull but worthy family car with the Nissan Almera.

Power came from a choice of two petrols at launch, a 1.4- and 1.6-litre with a 2.0-litre GTI joining the range later. There was also a 2.0-litre diesel to tempt company car drivers.

Ambitiously sold as ‘the car they don’t want you to drive’, pretty much all UK Almeras were hatchbacks although you do see the odd saloon.

Our choice? Well, drivers could delete the bodykit on the 140bhp GTi…. we reckon that would be quite the thing.