Having owned an Almero Tino S for around about 2 years now I have had a lot of experience with this vehicle. So far I have not had many problems with the car, the only issue I have had was when I got it there was a lot of vibration when braking and after getting this fixed it has started again but this could be due to driver error more than the vehicle. The car is very spacious and has many little spaces for putting valuables in out of sight. The biggest down side with the Tino S is the fuel consumption, driving around in the 1.8 petrol only gets 30 mpg, but for a people carrier and for the power that the car can put out it isn't tooo bad. The car has plenty of space in the back for the children and the boot also has enough to fit all the kids toys and the shopping messages in at the same time. I would recommend this car to anyone who doesn't need to worry to much about the price of petrol because apart from that I cannot really fault it too much.
Nissan Tino S
My 2002 model Almera Tino isn't exactly my cup of tea, but then you have a large family to trek about, and you don't want to be spending a fortune, sometimes I have to settle.
At under £2000 there could be no complaints about the price, although I did have to do a little work on the braking system, replacing disks, pads, shoes and callipers. Throw in a new set of tyres and the total bill was near £500 but worth it for the peace of mind.
The Tino holds my five well, with plenty of room. The kids aren't squashed and there's plenty of room for the wife to turn around and sort them out on long journeys. It drives decent enough and unlike some other taller vehicles doesn't feel like it is about to tip over on sharp corners.
I have noticed a little rusting starting to form on mine under the wheel arches, which is a little worry, as being previously in the trade I kept an eye out for a well kept vehicle. I did notice this was a problem with some Tinos but I'd hoped I'd avoided this.
I get just over 32mpg on mine and that is from the 1.8 petrol version.
All in all a cheap, roomy family vehicle, it's just not going to set the heart racing anytime soon.
The Nissan Almera Tino S is a very spacious and capable five door MPV that ticks all the right boxes for a family car and also for a general purpose car. I am a big fan of medium size MPVs since they provide the flexibility to cope with big loads and with family trips. Compared to a saloon car this Nissan has- like all MPVs- a number of useful features such as a high driving position and individual rear seats (instead of a lump that pretends to be a seat in most saloon cars) that fold away or fold up providing vital space when necessary. The little cubby holes for storage and extra electric sockets are also very useful. The boot is roomy and can accept several crates and more than a dozen shopping bags with ease. I really don't understand why people buy saloons any more when these MPVs are far more practical.
The car handles with ease with power steering that comes as standard. The one common complaint is the high level of road noise on Motorways, but you do get used to it. The ride is stable and you can move through the gears with ease. The driver has an override button to stop little passenger fingers playing with the window buttons but annoyingly this also stops the driver from operating the same windows. Reliability comes as standard and you rarely have a problem with these cars if you get an MOT and service at regular intervals. Despite being a 7-year old car with over 100000 on the clock, my Tino has never failed an MOT and the only very occasional inconvenience is having to buy a brake light or headlight bulb for a few pennies. Budget wise the car is a solid second hand buy and although the SE model comes with alloy wheels, my more basic S version does the job just as well. The cabin plastic is rather cheap looking and the interior does not inspire; but this is a minor quibble for what is a superb performer. I would like and expect a little more in the way of fuel economy but the petrol models are no more thirsty than your average petrol Saloon.
Nissan have stopped producing these little gems but from what I have experienced, we will continue to see this model on the roads for some time yet when all similar age Renault Megane Scenics are pushing up the daisies and the Vauxhall Zafira's are safely in the retirement home.
Following in the footsteps of the Citroen Xsara, and the Renault Scenic, the Almera Tino is Nissans entry into the mini-people carrier style motor market. Nissan have never been accused of being market leaders in ingenuity, but have entered the market with some exemplary models in their time. Nissan formed in 1914, in Japan. Invented an electric car as far back as 1947. Entered the U.K. market in a joint venture with Austin in 1953 Sold 1.5 million of their legendary Z sports cars. Paul Newman won racing trophies in a Nissan. Micra were European car of the year in 1993. There you go, some Nissan facts! The Tino was launched earlier this year to critical acclaim, and transformed the Almera into the 21st century. Shaped much the same as the Xsara and also the Scenic, with the advantage of a higher driving position, and a more all-round visibility. The Tino gives a spacious feel to a family car and allows you the extra room needed for longer journeys. With 24 different seat positions, how you decide to make the journey doesn’t just rely on a map anymore. The middle passenger seat can make and effective table for kids to draw on, or have their drinks, crisps and sandwiches on. They have also sneaked in a 12V power supply in there somewhere to power games consoles or other electrical items. With tables that fold down from the back of the drivers and front passenger seat, you could be excused for thinking that this resembles an air flight. If carrying loads is more your thing, then this beast can carry a load of up to 1.74M long, (about 5ft 3 inches) and a load capacity of 1950 litres (why liquid measurement I wonder, surely you would drown if you had that much water in your car!) As the seats are removable, it can be used as a works van, although she is far too pretty a car for that. Other interior treats are underseat drawers to hide your shoes in a
nd hidden rear seat storage to hide your sweets away from your nasty little brother! There are also cup and bottle holders, little storage nets and a map storage in the dashboard. Lots of extra’s for your money! Exterior looks are very impressive, without the big, bold and brassy look of a 7 seater, such as the Galaxy, the Tino is sleek, stylish and as curvy as any super-model. No bland design here, nor the traditional car look, but more the modern Italian design style, although Spanish in her origin. Safety features include windscreen wipers that clear an amazing 97% of water from your windscreen, an interlocking mechanism on the rear seats to ensure stability, and standard ABS and EBD. Some models, such as the SE come with side airbags as standard, and every model had ISOFIX anchor points for child seats in the back, so that you can fix the seat directly to the car body, rather than to a seat. With remote key access and anti-hijack system (opens one door only, so people cat enter from passenger doors, while you are boarding) security is an utmost important feature of this car. Models available include; S SE SE+ SE2 And are available in a selection of colours including a bright blue called intense, 2 shades of red, blue, green, a silver and a white. There are also 4 different interior designs. The car can reach as much as 44.8 MPG extra-urban, 27.4 urban, combined 36.2 Diesel versions will achieve 53.3/34 giving a combined 44.1 MPG Top speed of around 112 MPH, reaching 60 MPH in around 12.6 seconds. Now to the test-rive! Around town she handles like a teenager in her first nightclub. She is full of energy and cant wait to twist and turn around every bend, enjoying each new obstacle the town has to offer. Suspension is smooth, and an elegant acceleration makes her dance away from bulkier and less attractive model
s, allowing her to steal all the jealous stares from the others. Corners like David Beckham, accurate, no over-steer, and aims where you point her. Easy to park, but with the addition of rear parking sensors as a precautionary measure, you cant go wrong. Even sitting in traffic you get to look over the top of most cars, not staring at my sports injection picking his nose! She passes the town test with supreme confidence. Motorways are a dream, with this little madam coasting along like a fairground ride. Honestly, if you didn’t have to be there, she would drive herself. The air-con makes for a comfortable drive in the heat of that rare summers day, and you can stretch your legs with ease whenever you come to a stop. Headroom and every other room are superb and this is a must buy car if you are after this kind of motor. Prices from £12,900 to £15,795 and a few ex-demonstrators about if you are lucky. Basically, in a nut-shell, a lovely car, worth the investment. Angus Reid 25/10/01