The Nissan Almera Turbo launched last year was by far one of the biggest “new car” surprises of last year. Everything you know about the Almera appeared the complete opposite in the all-new model. Looks may be subjective but we think it actually looks better than both of its main rivals!

For starters, it looked different – far sportier, exciting and youthful than the model it replaces. It does look like a car you need, but a car that you want.

Upon climbing inside, the interior architecture upgrades are so glaring that it even the blind will notice. It’s now lined with soft touch materials, finished with a more premium feel, and armed with more tech like Apple CarPlay and a surround view monitor but that’s not all.

The biggest upgrade of all is how the Almera Turbo drives. Ditching the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine for a 1.0-litre turbocharged powerplant, the Almera Turbo does not only feel significantly more enthusiastic than the previous model, it drives better too. With more responsive steering feel and chassis, it now moves like a dart – a massive departure from the lethargic driving feel of before.

Performance isn’t the only thing the 1.0-litre turbo engine offers; it’s also how smooth the engine feels during acceleration, and how progressive it feels. That’s where the GT-R influence comes in…but how?

Watch the video to find out!