Nissan Serena MPV is presented in the automotive market to meet middle-class MPV segment that is originally only filled by the Kia Carnival / Sedona, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Previa. Its firstly introduced in 2004.
On the south east Asia regions, the sales of Nissan Serena are pretty unique. The first generation of Nissan Serena and manufactured engineered in CKD (chassis code C24) are sold in conjunction with the second generation (chassis code C25) coming into south east Asia market in CBU through general importers in 2007 and both were sold until the year 2012. The second generation of Serena has been carrying the same exterior and interior with third generation (chassis code C26) sold officially introduced in 2013.
In this case, we will only review the first generation of Nissan Serena’s model so it will be easier to understand, while the second and third generations will be reviewed in separated articles, considering the difference of both generations wasn’t too significant.
The Exterior Of The Nissan Serena C24
From the outside, this car looks tall and boxy if we compared it to other types of Japan’s minivans. Some of the luxurious feels is visible on its grill. Profile at each side looks clean, there is minimal lines and grooves. In the front side, Serena C24 using large bulbs which provide sufficient lighting at night.
Pair of foglamp also installed in order to penetrate the fog during heavy rain or cloudy atmosphere. At the rear, Nissan Serena C24 looks too plain, without any chrome accents. Furthermore, some types of Serena C24 has been carrying a sunroof on the upper part.
The Interior Of The Nissan Serena C24
Thanks to its higher construction, its made Nissan Serena C24 have a headroom that is very spacious. Even people who are having body height more than 5,5 feets can sit comfortably, coupled with a very spacious legroom on every line of its seats.
Its more comfortable because of the presence of captain seat which allows backseat passengers passing in and out. In addition, all passengers in the rear get easy access to enter or out from the car, because Serena C24 have sliding door.
Performance of the Nissan Serena C24 engine
Talking about the performance of the engine, originally a Nissan Serena C24 was only provided with one type of engine that was also used by the Nissan X-Trail Generation 1 2000cc, engine code QR20DE.
Engine with a capacity of 1.2 litres is capable to pumping power up to 150 HP on a 6,000 RPM and torque of 200 Nm at 4,000 RPM.
Impression and Handling the Nissan Serena C24
When this car driven at a high speeds, the steering feels a bit wild because its too light. Light steering will only bring benefits when we drive in a heavy traffic. Overall, the Nissan Serena C24 is very comfortable, the street with rugged surface you can drive over it without any vibrations, thanks to the soft suspension. Somehow, its causing a bit hard to do maneuvers using this car, since car can easily swaying.
Nissan Serena C24 Specification
- Year of manufactured: 2004-2012
- Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder QR20DE I4 16 valves.
- Power: 150 HP @ 6,000 RPM.
- Torque: 200 Nm @ 4,000 RPM.
- Fuel consumption: 5-8 km/L (in the city), 7-10 km/L (out of town).
- Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
- Suspension: independent Front McPherson strut, rear rigid axle with torsion beam.
- Rivals: Kia Carnival, Toyota Previa, Mitsubishi Grandis, and Honda Odyssey.
- The Price Of Used Nissan Serena C24
You can bring home used Nissan Serena C24 by providing budget 9.000 US dollars for standard type in 2004. While the type of high way star is usually the price could have been much more expensive, around 1.000 to 2.000 US dollars for the same year car. Its come with a reason, high way star type brings more complete features from default type or CT. Pretty affordable right?
Nissan Serena C24 Pros
- Double sliding doors.
- The existence of a manual transmission.
- Spare parts can be subtitutes with the X-Trail 2.0’s parts.
- Convenient – it can hold and carry up to 7 adult persons.
- Headroom and legroom are spacious.
- Soft suspensions.
- The compartment is plentiful.
- Captain seat and middle seats reclining.
- Smooth engine acceleration.
Nissan Serena C24 Cons
- Heavy weights.
- Fuel consumption tends to be inefficient.
- Rigid designs
- The main light hasn’t adapt HID/projector technology
- The interiors styles is still old-fashioned.