Nissan Fuga Hybrid Review: "Has world-class performance and quality, but its packaging needs a little work" by Yoichi Moroboshi

Nissan Fuga Hybrid Review: “Has world-class performance and quality, but its packaging needs a little work” by Yoichi Moroboshi

The Fuga was unveiled in 2009. It received a major facelift in February this year, six years after its launch.

First of all, I’d like to mention that the facelift did not include changes to its exterior design and power performance, such as the improvement of its safety packaging, comfort and user-friendliness.

The Fuga Hybrid’s engine outputs 306hp, while the electric motor outputs 68hp, giving a total system output of 346hp. For a premium sedan, this power specification is sufficient. When I test drove the car, it offered me perfect, flexible acceleration feel and driving performance.This type of performance is not just Japan-class, but world-class.

The two-clutch parallel hybrid system matches various driving situations because it can run on just the engine, just the motor, or using both motor and engine.

Updates to the suspension include changing the structure of the high-response ripple control inside the shock absorber. It helps control the damping force during low speed and eliminates slight vibrations. I really don’t know if increasing the rigidity of the aluminum wheels contributed to lessening the road noise, but when I drove the car on the highway, it made me think, “I can go non-stop to Suzuka with this.”

However, I didn’t like the smallness of the trunk room. Because hybrid models are equipped with batteries, the rear seats are fixed in place and cannot be folded down to expand the cargo room. You can, however, load four golf bags into the trunk room when you follow the suggested cargo method. It should offer better fuel efficiency because it’s a hybrid model. Although the Fuga Hybrid achieves 18km/liter fuel efficiency in JC08 mode, it uses premium fuel. Financially speaking, it would be more economical if the hybrid uses regular fuel.

If Fuga will be using the hybrid system, I’d like the batteries to be positioned in a lower area so that it won’t interfere with the split fold-down rear seat.

â– 5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Recommedation: ★★★

Yoichi Moroboshi | Automotive Journalist

He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He has competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Natssia Jeronne D. Martinez)