Which used Nissan Almera hatchback should I buy?
Later models came with only one engine, a 97bhp 1.5-litre petrol. However, there's plenty of choice if you go for an older model. With fuel economy of 42.8mpg, the 1.5 is particularly attractive if you spend most or your motoring life in town, but the 1.8-litre petrol pulls better in the lower gears - although a long fifth gear means it's not all that flexible on the motorway.
The diesel is a 2.3-litre direct-injection turbo and it comes in two versions, with 110bhp or 134bhp. The more powerful unit has noticeably better low-down performance, yet the weaker engine is perfectly okay.
There was a face-lift in late 2002, with all models getting air-con, remote central locking, electric front windows and a CD player. Stretch to an SVE and you get a leather-trimmed steering wheel, alloy wheels and an electric sunroof. But an SE, with parking sensors, electric rear windows and climate control is all you really need.