You’ve probably seen one of these babies in Nairobi traffic and given it a second glance (or not). The Nissan Sylphy was launched sometime in the second quarter of 2008. Also known as the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy, it is available in both 1.5 litre and 2.0 litre variants, powered by the MR20DE engine. This is evident from the 2.0 CVTC badge on the preview car’s boot lid.

The 2.0 litre engine produces 133 PS at 5,200rpm and 191Nm of torque at 4,400rpm, with 90% of the torque, or about 172Nm available from 2,000rpm onwards. This is the tuning most commonly installed in Sylphys around the world.

If you’re a Nissan fan, you will notice that another variants of the MR20DE engine is like the one found in the Nissan Qashqai that produces 140hp at 5,100rpm and 193Nm of torque.

My experience with this car was an ‘OK’ experience considering the consumption on our Kenyan roads is massive thanks to the traffic situations (Lord Help Us)!

This is a great choice for one who’s looking for a town car, nothing too pricey, first time car owner too!