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  • 2021 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid
    RM 1,484/Month RM 140,226

Key Highlights

Very quiet on the highway Suspension is very well calibrated (comfortable and stable) First-in-class dual back door, easy loading of items into luggage area
First-in-class handsfree powered sliding door Adequate engine performance Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

Overview

Nissan Serena 2021 Review

One of the most popular models for Nissan in the Malaysian market has, over time, become the Nissan Serena. It wasn’t always the case – Nissan has had a long history in our country and many other models have had their time as the top seller – but the Serena has grown from strength to strength, becoming the certified people-hauler you see today.

It is as purpose-built as MPVs come – pure function and interior space, with little to nothing sacrificed in the pursuit of other trivialities. It’s designed to eat up the miles on your journey, keeping front occupants comfortable and rear occupants, well, occupied. It may not be the most luxurious option on the market, but it is the one that functions.

The Serena you see today has been in our market since 2018, effectively being a facelift of the model that was launched back in 2016. We get it exclusively as a MHEV – or mild hybrid electric vehicle – which means that it does have a conventional 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with a compact synchronous electric motor that really kicks in more during take-offs.

What’s also surprising is that the Nissan Serena is a CKD, locally-assembled model – the ones you see on the showroom floor have all come from Tan Chong Motor Assemblies out in Serendah, and come with an unlimited-mileage, five year warranty.

Nissan Serena 2021 Specifications

Being an S-Hybrid model, the Nissan Serena comes with a hybrid powertrain – though not one you may be used to with other brands and models. The electric motor supplies just 2.6 PS and 48 Nm of torque – just enough to get the Serena moving off from a standstill, and honestly it’s this area alone that you can save a surprising amount of fuel.

As for the actual engine itself, it’s not the newest of petrol powered powerplants, but it delivers a decent 150 PS and 200 Nm of torque from 2.0-litres of displacement. All of that power is delivered to the front wheels alone via a CVT-type automatic transmission – really the best option when it comes to efficiency and refinement in a commuter context.

Being a fifth generation model, the Nissan Serena has certainly grown in size. The wheelbase is a stout 2,860 mm, with a length of 4,770 mm and width of 1,740 mm. The height stands at 1,865 mm, with a total kerb weight of 1,710 kilograms – surprisingly heavy for a vehicle in its class, though not altogether unexpected when it comes to improving refinement and ride quality.

Nissan Serena 2021 Exterior

A box, is a box, is a box – and that’s what you get with the Nissan Serena on the whole. It’s hard to argue that there is a particular amount of design that goes into it, being just slightly more streamlined and aerodynamic than some of Nissan’s workhorses like the NV200. The subtle moulding of the body along the sides lends some muscularity, but from a distance it may as well be flat.

The regular Serena gets 15-inch alloy rims, while opting for the larger wheels will get you 16-inch alloys in their stead. Autoamtic LED projectors and signature lamps are included regardless of which Serena you pick, as are front fog lamps with Daytime Running Lights, and a rear roof spoiler.

Nissan Serena 2021 Interior

Reading off the specification list for the Nissan Serena’s interior is relatively simple – you get a leather wrapped steering wheel with switches, a seven-inch full colour instrument cluster known as the Advanced Drive Assist Display, a 6.75-inch touch screen infotainment system with smartphone functionality like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic dual-zone climate control with digital switches for the second and third row vents, and Zero Gravity Inspired seats. You get either fabric in the regular Serena, or combination two-tone brown or single-tone black leather for the seat materials and interior.

Nissan Serena 2021 Safety Features

With MPVs like the Nissan Serena, having a comprehensive six set of airbags is important – a lot of glass all round means curtain airbags are necessary to stop you from getting injured in a collision as well. What’s also unique is the Intelligent Around View Monitor which actively tracks and detects moving objects around the vehicle – think your typical 360-degree view of the car from the top, but with highlighting of objects in your proximity. It’s an especially important safety feature to have with something as large as the Serena, as children or pedestrians may be close by and in your blindspot.

Nissan Serena 2021 Strengths and Weaknesses

If you’ve really taken a look at the Nissan Serena, there’s only one conclusion you can come to: it’s a completely comprehensive people mover. It allows for a large number of occupants, and caters to each of them individually to make for a great experience as an occupant. It also just makes your life easier if you’re the one in charge of the journey, the car, or the family – items like the split folding rear tailgate and hands-free dual powered sliding doors are an incredible help when you’re trying to corral a bunch of rowdy children into the car.

While the Serena does this very well, it doesn’t change the fact that it is a very large car designed purely for the purpose of people moving. Much like you shouldn’t buy a pick-up truck if you don’t need the off-road capability or the cargo carrying bed, you shouldn’t really be looking at a Nissan Serena unless you really, absolutely need the seven seats.

Nissan Serena 2021 Price

The Nissan Serena is currently on sale for RM 140,226 with the current sales tax exemptions in place, but there is also the option of the Premium Highway Star Black Package that adds on combination leather seats and a 10.1-inch roof mounted LCD panel for the price of RM 150,226. Going one step further is the Premium Highway Star Two-Tone Package that runs you RM 152,226.

That being said, there are individual options you can select for your regular Serena variant too. A Driving Video Recorder runs you RM 972, the aforementioned roof-mounted monitor is RM 701, higher spec V-Kool Armorcoat tinting is RM 3,385, an LED room lamp is RM 271, 16-inch alloy wheels and tyres are packaged at RM 2,499, Solargard tint runs you RM 2,365, an in-car portable cooler box will cost you RM 488, additional door visors are RM 479, and the two-tone leather combination interior costs RM 3,435.

Nissan Serena 2021 Features

As we mentioned earlier, the functionality you get with the Nissan Serena are all aimed at making both you and your occupants comfortable as you go about your journey. There are seven USB-powered ports throughout the car, one for each occupant. Hands-free dual sliding doors and a split opening tailgate allow you to load children or items in the car without breaking a sweat. Cruise control also comes as standard.

Nissan Serena 2021 Fuel Consumption

Under the R101 test cycle, the most recent manufacturer quoted data for the Nissan Serena is 14.2 kilometres per litre with this S-Hybrid powertrain. This also means that it qualifies for energy efficient vehicle incentives – though with the government’s fluidic changes to policy, these exemptions may or may not last.

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Key Details

  • Body Type: MPV
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 1997 cc
  • Fuel Type: hybrid/petrol
  • Seat Capacity: 7
  • Price: RM 140,226 - RM 152,226

Key Details

  • Body Type: MPV
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 1997 cc
  • Fuel Type: hybrid/petrol
  • Seat Capacity: 7
  • Price: RM 140,226 - RM 152,226

Reviews

  • Siew Weng

    03 Jul 2018

    All-New 2018 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid (C27) - Major Leap Forward In All Aspects

    The new dashboard in the Serena has been designed to be lower, while still offering a large 7-inch multi-information display. With this new layout, the forward vision has improved, while the touchscreen for the audio system is also closer to the driver’s left hand. The sum it up, the dashboard is definitely one of the best designed in terms of ergonomics as well as the plentiful storage spaces.

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