Used Nissan Almera Tino MPV 2000 - 2005 review

Category: MPV

The Nissan Almera Tino is a reasonably sensible family runabout that's worth considering

Nissan Almera Tino MPV (00 - 05)
  • Nissan Almera Tino MPV (00 - 05)
  • Nissan Almera Tino MPV (00 - 05)
Used Nissan Almera Tino MPV 2000 - 2005 review
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What's the used Nissan Almera Tino estate like?

Based on the Almera hatchback, the Nissan Almera Tino is a high-roofed compact people-carrier with seating for five. It's certainly one of the better vehicles in its class to drive. Fuss-free, and with very little body roll through the corners, it feels very light on its feet, although that agilty disappears when you load it up with passengers and luggage.

The heavier engine in diesel models also slightly upsets the otherwise fine handling. It has strong mid-range acceleration, which makes for an easy drive, but isn't so good at lower revs. By comparison, the petrols need to be worked harder, and can become quite noisy at higher revs.


The Nissan Almera Tino is a reasonably sensible family runabout that's worth considering

  • Enjoyable to drive, compact
  • good
  • practical interior
  • The split-fold rear seats are too heavy to lift and boot space is compromised

The cabin is different from the basic Almera's, with a dashboard that's dominated by bulbous shapes, but it's well laid out. There's plenty of handy storage dotted about, and three adults can get reasonably comfy. Boot space is good, but the way the rear suspension eats into the space limits its practicality.

Ownership cost

What used Nissan Almera Tino estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Nissan Almera Tino estate?

Compact MPVs from mainstream car makers are designed to be practical transport for the family, and usually aren't expensive to run. The Tino is no different.

Its diesel engines provide the best fuel economy, with both the 110 and 134bhp models delivering well over 40mpg. By comparison the 1.8 petrol unit's figure is an acceptable 37mpg, but the 2.0-litre is thirsty, returning just 30mpg.

Official spare parts are well priced and readily available if you have an accident or need a replacement, and servicing the car is a straightforward task for a main dealer or independent garage.

Reliability shouldn't be a problem, either. The Tino once came best in class in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey. It's reckoned to be an even more trustworthy prospect than the standard Almera hatchback, which is thoroughly impressive in its own right.

Our recommendations

Which used Nissan Almera Tino estate should I buy?

Launched on a W-plate in 2000, the car has four engines. A 114bhp 1.8 and 136bhp 2.0 are the petrols, while the two diesels are both 2.2s, but with 110 or 134bhp. The diesels are best for high-speed hauling, and all are fine around town. However, our overall favourite is the 134bhp diesel for its cruising ability and fuel economy.

Trims start at the base S, which has remote central locking and a radio cassette, plus powered front windows, mirrors and sunroof. However, we'd step up to the SE, which adds air-con, while SE2 gets alloys and a CD player. Powered rear glass and a CD changer are standard on the SE+. A new trim, SVE, was introduced in April 2003, and includes satellite-navigation and traction control. All cars come with twin front and side airbags, plus three proper seatbelts in the back.

Plenty of Tinos were sold, so you should have precious little shopping around to find exactly the right model to suit you.

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