2014 Nissan Grand Livina Tuned By Impul Full Review: Is It Pitch Perfect?
There’s really no surprise about the Nissan Grand Livina repeatedly bagging the accolade of being the best-selling non-national MPV in the country: the seven-seater MPV is simply convenient and affordable.
And I love that about a car in this segment. If seven people can find their way inside comfortably, cost is kept as low as the average B-segmenter, and it’s all done without looking like a teenager’s wet-dream wagon with loud exhausts blaring, I’m sold. Kudos to the 2014 Nissan Grand Livina for achieving just this, and that’s the end of all discussions.
But then, Impul – an aftermarket company exclusive to Nissan, badged the Grand Livina with supposed improvements (like it did with the pre-facelifted model, as well as almost every other Nissan model), and produced a fourth variant of the Grand Livina available to the Malaysian market called the 2014 Nissan Grand Livina Tuned By Impul.
Which is what we have here, today, in conjunction with my firm beliefs of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
So before we actually do start this review, let me make one thing very clear: I’m personally a huge fan of the Grand Livina for all that it is. And as it is, I really do think it’s the MPV of MPVs to buy here.
So what is it about that Impul bit?
Visibly, what you get from Impul are a set of larger 17-inch alloy wheels, a sportier bumpers, a rear wing, a sports suspension that lowers your ride and stiffens it, a loud exhaust muffler, and some pretty neat Goodyear Eagle F1 Direction 5 rubbers. How much? RM14,400 for it all (sold separately) on top of the car’s price.
That’s all well and good as individual items, but I’m not sure how many of those upgrades I’d really want on my practical people-carrying, one-stop-solution-to-all-my-family’s-mobility – apart from the Goodyears.
Driving a 2013 Nissan Grand Livina Tuned By Impul
PERFORMANCE: I’ll say it once, and I’ll say it again: the Grand Livina is a great car on its own. The variant we had sourced its power from the tried and tested 1.8-litre engine and four-speed automatic transmission, and I can’t say it won’t do a good job on Malaysian roads. It’s got enough juice to ferry seven adults about, that’s for sure.
COMFORT: But then you have its Impul bits, which didn’t mix very well with my expectations of an MPV. Firstly, there isn’t a muffler on the market I’d mix with an automatic slush box. The noise is booming and constantly apparent – not something to appreciate on those longer trips with seven friends on board. Staying with the out-of-place muffler; if you do try carrying seven adults in there, you will run into some trouble getting over speed bumps. In fact, it doesn’t take that much. My fiancé and I used the MPV to help deliver a big box of whole chickens and a few bags of rice to a local animal shelter, and even then getting over speed bumps were trouble.
RIDE: Then you have its 17-inch alloys, which make the seven-seater look superb. But as an equal and opposite reaction, Nissan’s typically-good ride comfort is messed with too much for my liking. Alone, yes, you can enjoy to lowered ride height and large alloys; with people in tow, not so much.
OVERALL: The Grand Livina is nice to drive: there’s good visibility, no shortage of power, and it accommodate seven people very well. Until you factor in Impul’s handiwork.
Living With A 2014 Nissan Grand Livina Tuned By Impul
CABIN EXPERIENCE: The Grand Livina’s cabin is pleasantly designed with lots of spaciousness and storage compartments. And the seating arrangement is flexible enough for you to fold the second and third row seats for lots of cargo-carrying capacity. Reclining the second row seats is done easily enough by simply pulling on a lever to gain access into the third row.
FEATURES: Ergonomically, what’s there feels good and well placed, but drivers will be left wanting a center armrest, and maybe a cruise control system rather than the beige interior which proudly shows off every strand of hair left behind by your wife or lady friend, or every stain imaginable.
Unique to the 1.8-litre variant is also a keyless entry and engine start-up system. Needless to say, this is always a welcomed feature that’s becoming ever more popular.
As standard, don’t go expecting USB ports or Bluetooth connectivity from your RM99,880 1.8-litre Grand Livina. A media and satellite navigation system is available as an option for RM3,700 for the 1.8-litre variant.
Verdict: Here’s what we think…
In total, the Nissan Grand Livina seen here with its Impul influence will set you back RM114,280, and that’s without any of the media or navigations features I find quite necessary these days. Fortunately, you don’t have to have any of the Impul upgrades – I’d personally save them for another model, not the Grand Livina.
So by itself, the facelifted Nissan Grand Livina is to us the ideal affordable family MPV. It seats seven passengers comfortably, the 1.8-litre engine pushes good power, it handles well, and for RM99,880, you couldn’t ask for more.
SPECS: 2014 Nissan Grand Livina Tuned By Impul
- Price: RM114,280 (as pictured, for full prices, go HERE)
- Engine: 1.8-litre DOHC CVTC
- Transmission: Four-speed automatic
- Power: 124hp, 174Nm of torque
- Fuel consumption: 10.5l-12.0l/100km (observed)
- Likes: Grand Livina underneath, comfortable, spacious, seven-seater
- Dislikes: Beige interior, Impul kit on a family MPV