2020 Nissan Versa

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2020 Nissan Versa Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Shivendra Garg Content writer Updated on: December 4, 2019


All the criticism that Nissan received for all these yeras about its bland, boxy Versa of the past has finally given room for creativity. For the year 2020, Nissan has completely redesigned the Versa. In all honesty, the 2020 Versa looks a whole league apart from the outgoing model. The new Nissan Versa is proof that sometimes the only way to get someone to reveal their full potential is to keep pestering them about the things they’ve done wrong.

 

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Pros

Accommodating seats

Cavernous trunk

Affordable price

Feature laden variants

Cons

Lousy acceleration

Cramped second row

What's New?

Completely redesigned exterior and interior for the year 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$14730

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

98 cu.in.

horsepower

122 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

114 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

59.8/60.2

dimensions

wheelbase

103.1 in.

length

177 in.

width

68.5 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

2599 lbs.

ground clearance

6.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

88.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

862 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/35 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Nissan Versa 3 Quarter View  2020 Nissan Versa Right Side View  2020 Nissan Versa Right Side View  2020 Nissan Versa 3 Quarter View  2020 Nissan Versa Front View
Interior
 2020 Nissan Versa Center Console  2020 Nissan Versa Rear Seats  2020 Nissan Versa Trunk Space  2020 Nissan Versa Rear Seats  2020 Nissan Versa Rear Seats

Styles

 2020 Nissan Versa in Aspen White Pearl color  2020 Nissan Versa in Brilliant Silver Metallic color  2020 Nissan Versa in Electric Blue Metallic color  2020 Nissan Versa in Gun Metallic color  2020 Nissan Versa in Super Black color
Aspen White Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Nissan Versa S

S

power
122 HP @ 6,000 rpm
fuel
Gas Regular Unleaded
mpg
35 combined

$14,730 - $16,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $14,730 MSRP (27/31/35) 122hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6L, inline 4, regular unleaded
5-speed manual front wheel drive 5
S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $16,400 MSRP (32/35/40) 122 HP @ 6,000 rpm, 1.6L, V6, Gas Regular Unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Versa SV

SV

power
122hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
36 combined

$17,640


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 2-CVT) Starting at $17,640 MSRP (32/36/40) 122hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6L, inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Versa SR

SR

power
122hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
36 combined

$18,240


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 2-CVT) Starting at $18,240 MSRP (32/36/40) 122hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6L, inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review


For a couple of thousand dollars above the previous model, the new Versa offers a new frame, new interior and a much sleeker new exterior. So the so called “cheapest new car on sale” now manages to looks a lot more expensive than before. What has not changed though is the Versa’s 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine that makes 122 hp and 114 lb.-ft. torque.

Starting at a price of $14,730, the 2020 Nissan Versa can be had either with a five-speed manual unit or a two-speed automatic CVT. Regardless of the choice of transmission, the all-new Versa is now a lot more in place with the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris. In fact, it is no longer the cheapest four-door sedan you can buy, and definitely no the ugliest.

2020 Nissan Versa front view
2020 Nissan Versa front view
2020 Nissan Versa rear view
2020 Nissan Versa rear view

2020 Nissan Versa Features

The redesigned 2020 Nissan Versa is available in as many as three trims. All trims get a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine that makes 122 hp and 114 lb.-ft. torque. Also standard across the range is a front-wheel drivetrain. However, the front wheels can either be powered with the help of a 5-speed manual unit or a 2-speed continuously variable automatic unit.

The manual gearbox is standard on the base version, S, which costs a little under $15,000, while the automatic version of the same trim is about $1,500 more expensive. The other two top-tier variants get the 2-speed CVT as standard.

Trim

1.6 S

1.6 SV

1.6 SR

MSRP 

$14,730

$17,640

$18,240

Key features

Automatic emergency braking

Blind spot warning

Nissan intelligent key with remote engine start

 

Cruise control

Rear automatic braking

Rear view monitor

 

Hill start assist

Halogen projector headlights

LED Headlights

 

Tilt/telescoping steering column

Sun visors with vanity mirror and extensions

Heated exterior mirrors

 

6-way manual adjustable driver’s seat

4-way manual adjustable front passenger seat

Leather wrapped steering wheel

 

7-inch touchscreen display

Nissan Connect

Three USB ports

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The top-of-the-ladder SR variant is the most sensible choice in the 2020 Nissan Yaris lineup. It loads the car with plenty of cool features that make the Versa look a league above. At a price of approximately $3,500 above the base S variant, the SR trim adds a lot more to the already well packaged car.

2020 Nissan Versa Engine

When you go looking for a car like the 2020 Nissan Versa, power and performance is never a prime concern. Nevertheless, the Nissan Versa is a fairly able machine. Powering this humble family sedan is just as humble 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine that makes 122 hp and 114 lb.-ft. torque.

2020 Nissan Versa Engine
When you go looking for a car like the 2020 Nissan Versa, power and performance is never a prime concern

All that power from the engine travels only to the front wheels of this Nissan with the help of either a five-speed manual unit, standard on the S version, or a 2-speed continuously variable transmission standard on the SV and SR trims.

Models

Nissan Versa

Ford Fiesta

Hyundai Accent

Toyota Yaris

MSRP

$14,730

$14,260

$15,195

$15,600

Engine

1.6-liter I-4 regular

1.6-liter I-4 regular

1.6-liter I-4

1.5-liter I-4 regular

Transmission

5-speed manual w/OD

5-speed manual w/OD

6-speed manual w/OD

6-speed manual w/OD

Horsepower

122 hp @ 6,300 rpm

120 hp @ 6,350 rpm

120 hp @ 6,300 rpm

106 hp @ 6,00 rpm

Torque

114 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

112 lb.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm

113 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

103 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

All sedans in this face-off get more or less similarly capable engines. However, the one on the Versa makes the most power and torque.

How fast is the Nissan Versa Sedan?

The 2020 Nissan Versa’s laid-back characteristics are amply displayed by the way it picks up speed. The power, though plenty to haul this sedan, is not instant. One has to push down on the throttle and wait as the Versa leisurely, but most definitely, picks up speed.

2020 Nissan versa acceleration
The 2020 Nissa Versa with a 5-speed manual unit is still faster

While the base Versa with a 5-speed manual unit is still faster, the other two top variants with the CVT and inline-four combination are not at all built for hardcore acceleration.

Models

Nissan Versa

Ford Fiesta

Hyundai Accent

Toyota Yaris

0-60 MPH

9.7

9.5

7.5

9.6

Quarter mile

17.4

17.2

16.0

17.4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

5.9

5.9

5.3

5.2

The Hyundai Accent is the lightest sedan in this lineup, though not less than the Yaris. Still it is the fastest of the lot, and also the second least polluting. 

What about the braking performance of the Nissan Versa Sedan?

Helping the 2020 Nissan Versa to come to a halt are ventilated disc brakes at the front and drums at the back. This could be a measure to keep the cost in check as two disc brakes are more economical than four.

Hence, don’t expect this Nissan to stop on a dime. The brakes do not an exceptional job. In fact, the new Versa’s braking is very much in line with its acceleration. Only now, due to its stiffer than before chassis, this Nissan responds better to inputs than the outgoing model.

2020 Nissan versa wheel
2020 Nissan Versa to come to a halt are ventilated disc brakes

Models

Nissan Versa

Ford Fiesta

Hyundai Accent

Toyota Yaris

Brake Front (in.)

10.0

7.9

11.0

7.9

Brake Rear (in.)

8.0

7.9

N/A

7.9

Curb weight (lbs.)

2599

2578

2502

2385

60-0 MPH (ft)

131*

121

128

120

None of the sedans in this lineup have yet been tested for their braking capabilities.

What about its driving dynamics?

The 2020 Nissan Versa is definitely not a track machine as is evident by its lousy acceleration and relaxed braking. Even the suspension is not set up in a way to help this sedan maintain composure while tackling bendy roads. However, the front and rear stabilizer do what they can to keep body roll as much in control as possible. Also the new body is stiffer than before, so the Versa does respond a lot better to steering inputs than before.

But the relaxed demeanor of this sedan from Nissan makes it a very able city cruiser. Power is plenty in the mid-range which means no unnecessary shifts in traffic. The 0-30 mph range is where the 2020 Nissan Versa feels most at home. However, overtaking maneuvers on the highways would have to be planned ahead. Not that handling the Versa at those speeds is a task as the stiffer body is more responsive than before, just that this Nissan takes its own time to pick up speed. Furthermore, the MacPherson strut suspension up front work well with the tension beam rear suspension to absorb most blows from underneath.

2020 Nissan Versa Fuel Economy

The 2020 Nissan Versa is yet to be rated for its fuel efficiency. Nevertheless, the one given thing about this four-door sedan is that it is no gas guzzler. While the manually driven Versa may not be as fuel efficient, the inline-four and CVT combo were built for improved fuel efficiency.

Models

Nissan Versa

Ford Fiesta

Hyundai Accent

Toyota Yaris

MPG (city)

32

27

29

30

MPG (highway)

40

35

39

39

MPG (combined)

35

30

33

34

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

10.8

12.4

11.9

11.6

Range (city/highway) (miles)

345.6/432

335/434

345/464

348/452

As far as the sedans in this face-off are concerned, the Nissan versa gets the smallest tank.

2020 Nissan Versa Interior

The new Versa’s interior are a huge departure from what we witnessed on the Versa of yesteryears. The 2020 Versa has a longer wheelbase, and is also wider than before. So it’s more accommodating. Speaking of accommodation, the front row of this Nissan is simply the best place to be in.

The standard 6-way manually adjustable Zero Gravity front seats clearly demonstrate Nissan’s knowledge of making comfortable seats. They are not overtly bulky, but plenty relaxing. As for the second row seats, they are definitely better than before, but still a tiny bit cramped.

2020 Nissan versa seating
The new Nissan Versa’s interior are a huge departure from what we witnessed on the Versa of yesteryears

Also the cabin of the new 2020 Versa demonstrates striking similarities with Nissan’s Kicks. The quality of material used on the inside has significantly improved despite the fact that it is still wrapped in abundance of hard plastic and flimsy trim. But moving up to the more costly trim covers the dash with stitched leather.

Models

Nissan Versa

Ford Fiesta

Hyundai Accent

Toyota Yaris

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.5/53.1/44.5

39.1/52.7/43.6

38.9/54.2/42.1

38.2/53.1/41.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.3/53.6/31.0

37.1/49.0/31.2

37.3/53.7/33.5

36.8/50.0/34.4

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

Standard on all 2020 Nissan Versas is a seven-inch touchscreen display. Users will find mastering this system pretty easy as it is extremely simple to operate. The various tech aboard the infotainment unit are:

2020 Nissan versa infotainment display
2020 Nissan Versa Infotainment Display
  • Siri eyes free
  • Google assistant voice recognition
  • AM/FM audio system
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Nissan Connect

Creature comforts on offer in the Nissan Versa Sedan

Besides the comfortable Zero G seats, the 2020 Nissan Versa also gets several other features to make it all the more comfortable. These features include:

  • Cruise control
  • Hill start assist
  • Air conditioning with in-cabin microfilter
  • tilt/telescoping steering column
  • 12-volt DC power outlet
  • Automatic temperature control

What about utility?

The 2020 Nissan Versa’s overall length has gone up by about two inches. While wheelbase has also gotten longer. As a result the 2020 Versa manages to free up more space on the inside. This means the new Nissan Versa is now more spacious, not just for the occupants but also for their belongings.

2020 Nissan Versa Cargo Space
The 2020 Versa manages to free up more space on the inside

 

Models

Nissan Versa

Ford Fiesta

Hyundai Accent

Toyota Yaris

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

14.7

12.8

13.7

13.5

At 14.7 cubic feet, the 2020 Nissan Versa has a bigger boot than all four-door sedans.

2020 nissan versa front seat
2020 nissan versa front seat
2020 nissan versa dashboard
2020 nissan versa dashboard
2020 nissan versa steering
2020 nissan versa steering
2020 nissan versa instrumental cluster
2020 nissan versa instrumental cluster
2020 nissan versa center console
2020 nissan versa center console

2020 Nissan Versa Exterior

The 2020 Nissan Versa is no longer a combination of bland boxes. In fact, the 2020 Versa might look a many different things to different people, but it sure as hell does not look cheap. Everything from the new grille to the new rear roof pillar look a lot more upscale than before.

The 2020 Nissan Versa is based on the company’s V platform. So it shares a lot of its underpinnings from Nissan’s Kicks. In fact, the new Versa is basically a Kicks with a lower ride height, and the exterior reminds us of the handsome Altima that has been cut a bit short.

2020 nissan Versa side view
The 2020 Nissan Versa might look a many different things to different people

Up front we notice the new grille which is now lower and wider. The swept back headlights make this sedan look a lot more compact than it is. From the sides, the lower window line makes the otherwise blandly styled doors look little less slab-sided. The floating roofline meets the Versa’s wide rear which improves functionality with its big trunk opening.

Model

Nissan Versa

Ford Fiesta

Hyundai Accent

Toyota Yaris

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2599

2578

2502

2385

Length (in.)

177.0

173.5

172.6

171.2

Width (in.)

68.5

67.8

68.1

66.7

Height (in.)

57.3

58.1

57.1

58.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.8

4.7

5.5

5.5

Wheelbase (in.)

103.1

98.0

101.6

101.2

Track Width (in.) F/R

59.8/60.2

57.7/57.7

59.3/59.5

58.9/58.5

The 2020 Nissan Versa is not only the heaviest of the lot but also has the longest wheelbase, and is also the longest in general overall.

What are those eye catching features?

The exciting new styling elements of the redesigned 2020 Nissan Versa include:

  • LED headlights with LED signature
  • Dark chrome grille
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Carbon-fiber look rear diffuser
2020 Nissan versa front view
2020 Nissan versa front view
2020 Nissan versa front view
2020 Nissan versa front view
2020 Nissan versa rear view
2020 Nissan versa rear view
2020 Nissan versa side view
2020 Nissan versa side view
2020 Nissan versa taillight
2020 Nissan versa taillight

2020 Nissan Versa Safety

Even though the 2020 Nissan Versa has not yet been tested by federal or independent agencies for safety, it is safe to say that Nissan ensures that the occupants of their new Versa be secure at all times with the following safety features:

  • Nissan Advanced Airbag System
  • Side-impact supplemental airbags
  • 3-point ALR/ELR seat belt system
  • LATCH
  • Zone body construction with crumple zones
  • ABS
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Automatic headlights

2020 Nissan Versa Competition

Nissan Versa vs. Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta has very well established itself as the go-to family sedan, and the previous Versa was no match to it. However, with the new Versa Nissan looks more than prepared to take on the market dominated by the Fiesta. The 2020 Nissan Versa with its exterior refresh, bigger boot and more comfortable seats is a huge improvement.

2020 Ford Fiesta
2020 Ford Fiesta

Nissan Versa vs. Toyota Yaris

The earlier Nissan Versa was so disappointing to look at that even the Yaris seemed like a more sensible option. But not anymore. The new Nissan Versa definitely has what it takes to take on the Yaris. Not only is the 2020 Versa cheaper than the yaris, it is also a much better overall package than the same in general.

2020 Toyota yaris
2020 Toyota Yaris

 

2020 Nissan Versa Final Verdict

With the kind of upgrades that the new Nissan Versa offers over the old one, it definitely seems like a way more plausible option now. It drives and handles better than before, can accommodate people and luggage more comfortably, and at the same time looks leagues apart. The new Versa proves that now it is no longer the slacker people thought it to be.