Nissan Tiida Review: 2007 Model | Tiida | Car Buyers Guide

2007 Nissan Tiida Review

The new Nissan Tiida sets out to be as practical as a Swiss army knife and as commonsense as a toothbrush, so if you’re looking for a can of Red Bull with wheels and gaze upon the Tiida’s stumpy, upright lines with nothing even remotely resembling lust, then that’s fine. Nissan doesn’t care. Pass this article along to your Dad or Gran instead. This is the car for them. 

The latest Nissan, the third instalment in Nissan’s Almera replacement trilogy, nearly never happened as Japan had no intention of importing the car to Ireland until Nissan's European operations pointed out the blatantly obvious - that a major manufacturer functioning without a conventional C-segment car in Europe is missing out on quite a few potential sales. Ireland is one of only a handful of countries to get the Tiida saloon as we think saloons are a big noise, apparently, and given how many are on the road already it seems that Nissan got this one spot on too.

As a consumer product, like a toaster or a fridge, the Tiida is simply remarkable. Here is a car that hardly takes up any extra space on the road over the Almera but you can lounge, and I do mean lounge, in any of its huge, sumptuous seats. The driving position is surprisingly high for a four-door saloon, so much so it almost feels like an MPV, but that does make the Tiida and easy car to get in and out of and it also provides the driver with an excellent view of the world around them. It’s also loaded with even the basic €21,000 SE model offering luxurious equipment like a height adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning and a Bluetooth hands-free phone kit, although ESP is an €800 option (from which Nissan says it makes no profit). Curiously, even the top SVE spec does without alloys as standard while satellite navigation combined with a CD interchanger is a harrowing €3,500. You do get automatic headlights and wipers, a bit more chrome and aluminium trim, 6 speakers, a trip computer, curtain airbags, a leather wheel and cruise control, though, so it isn’t isn’t bad for an extra €1,500.

The 110bhp 1.6 petrol unit goes about its business in a workmanlike way, pulling the car along with enough gusto to make you spit out your dentures. There is a surprising amount of shove when you need to overtake something and it’s a fairly smooth engine offering the driver hassle-free propulsion, although 5th gear is a little short for truly composed cruising. The ride quality is excellent, too, really remarkable in the way it shields passengers from the bumps and road imperfections. At 120km/h the noise suppression is also good - there is no vibration from any of the controls and it has to be said it really is top notch in the refinement and comfort stakes. Much of Nissan's marketing effort hinges on this car’s comfort and it is no idle claim to say that the Tiida is probably is the most comfortable car in its class.

Throw it into a corner and where the old Almera, fidgety as it was, would respond with decent body control the Tiida makes no effort to engage the driver and responds with pretty phenomenal levels of body roll. It actively discourages any of the shenanigans an enthusiastic driver might engage in, although the numb steering is reasonably responsive, the brakes are strong and responsive (the brake pedal is the only major control that actually transmits any sort of feel back to the driver) and the gearchange is reasonably precise, if a little rubbery.

As a car in the new car sense of the word the Tiida is only alright, nothing staggering but nothing horrible either. As a means of getting you and yours from point A to point B, it really is excellent. Nissan have abandoned any notion of engaging the enthusiast (pity as it can be a dab hand at it) but the Tiida is nonetheless guaranteed to be a huge success. It's as difficult to use as a pair of slippers, it appears to be very well built and for the money it is quite well equipped. In fact, and if I had no interest at all in cars I would be probably be very interested in the Tiida indeed.

Verdict: Not the most stylish car in the world, nor the sharpest to drive either, but well specified and incredibly plainless to live with. Not bad value either.

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€ 21,450


1.5 D SE
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6 speed manual
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Nissan Tiida ( 2007)

our score
  • Styling & Design


  • Engine Specifications

    Great engines

  • Performance


  • Ride & Handling

    Rides well

  • Interior & Ergonomics

    Easy to use

  • Space & Practicality


  • Safety

    Fine spec

  • Value & Running Costs

    Great value

  • Quality & Refinement

    Sublime ride

  • Equipment

    Great kits

  • Summary

    Roomy, comfy, great spec

  • Styling & Design


  • Engine Specifications

    Small range

  • Performance


  • Ride & Handling

    Not exciting

  • Interior & Ergonomics


  • Space & Practicality

    Not much

  • Safety

    ESP optional

  • Value & Running Costs

    Toys add up

  • Quality & Refinement

    Some bad plastics

  • Equipment

    Alloys and ESP extra

  • Summary

    Ugly, unexciting, white goods

Style & Design

To be fair, the Tiida was never intended for the European market but Nissan Ireland (along with a few other saloon-obsessed nations) begged to be allowed import the car. That doesn't make its ungainly shape, ugly detailing and appalling proportions any more appealing, though.


Given its middle-of-the-road stature it should come as no surprise to learn the 1.6 Tiida is a nippy mover without ever threatening to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand. The 1.5 diesel is a bit of a belter but really not worth the extra.

Ride & Handling

Nissan's advertising bangs on about how comfortable the Tiida is so it's perhaps unsurprising that it rides superbly. It's still a very competent and safe handler, though, not the understeering mess we had expected. Steering could use more feel, mind.

Interior & Ergonomics

It's not the most exciting dashboard to look at but there's no surprises there either. Everything is where you want it to be although the range of steering and seat adjustments could be better. The logically laid out minor controls make it painless to operate.

Quality & Refinement

Nissan really knows how to screw a cabin together and the Tiida is no exception. There are some expensive materials in there and they're mixed well with some low-rent plastics giving it an upscale feel overall. Ride quality and refinement are top notch.


With the Qashqai achieving 5 NCAP stars we'd expect the Tiida to manage the same. Bluetooth is standard as are airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters but ESP is optional and curtain airbags aren't offered.

Space & Practicality

The Tiida's got the BIGGEST front seats in the class and there's no denying they are comfortable. Rear seat space is excellent, too, while the boot is rather huge and in-cabin storage areas for minor items is quite good, too. Doors are also huge, for easy entry.

Value & Running Costs

The Tiida represents excellent value for money with a powerful 1.6-litre engine, a Bluetooth phone kit, electric windows and mirrors, remote locking and air conditioning on all models. Running costs won't be bad and it should hold its value surprisingly well, too.


The Tiida boasts four airbags, electric front windows, remote locks, power steering, a CD player, a 1.6-litre engine, a Bluetooth phone kit and air conditioning on all models. Alloys and ESP are optional on all but SVE models add a few extra luxury touches.

Engine Specifications

Two engines are offered in the Tiida, a 105hp 1.5 diesel and a 110hp 1.6 petrol. Both offer very respectable performance but while the diesel is more frugal it's not worth the extra over the 1.6 petrol, even if the 1.6 gets a bit strained at high revs.


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