The Sentra's interior is a lovely place to spend time. It looks and feels good, even though there is some cheap plastic here and there. The interior looks like it was designed to be elegant, rather than merely slapping the features wherever they'd fit. The beautiful, centrally mounted triple air vents are a good example. There's no need for air vents to look that good, but it goes a long way toward making the cabin feel special. The standard features include a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, cruise control, auto-locking doors, remote keyless entry with push-button start, and manual air-conditioning. The SV adds intelligent cruise control while dual-zone climate control and remote start are also standard on the SR.
The Sentra has a cavernous interior. The only niggle - and we're reaching to find something wrong - is the low roofline. Even so, the Sentra's headroom is 38.9 inches in the front and 36.7 inches in the rear. The optional moonroof lowers front headroom to 37.5 inches in front. Legroom for the front passengers is 44 inches, while passengers in the back get 34.7 inches. The hip room is 53.5 inches in the front and 53.3 inches in the rear. You'll have no problem fitting three adults in the back. Nissan's Zero Gravity seats are a unique selling point. They are supremely comfortable and easily the best seats you'll find in this category.
|Nissan Sentra Trims||S||SV||SR|
|Headroom Front Seat||38.9 in.||38.9 in.||38.9 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||36.7 in.||36.7 in.||36.7 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||44 in.||44 in.||44 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||34.7 in.||34.7 in.||34.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||56.4 in.||56.4 in.||56.4 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||54.5 in.||54.5 in.||54.5 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||53.5 in.||53.5 in.||53.5 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||53.3 in.||53.3 in.||53.3 in.|
The Sentra has numerous materials and inserts that elevate it above its rental car roots. It feels solidly screwed together and adequately refined, considering how much it costs. As standard, the Sentra comes with cloth seats, but you get a higher quality cloth once you upgrade to SV and SR specification. One optional box worth ticking is the premium quilted leather, available in the SV. The SR comes standard with sporty Charcoal cloth seats with red-orange stitching, as well as satin-chrome accents. Prima-Tex leatherette, also in Charcoal, is an optional extra in the SR trim, but it requires the addition of the Premium Package. The S has a urethane-trimmed steering wheel, but the upper two trims have a nicer leather steering wheel.
As trunk space is one of the main selling points in this segment, it's nice to see Nissan claiming 14.3 cubic feet. It's not the largest, but nor is it the smallest. By comparison, the new Honda Civic has a 14.8-cubic-foot trunk.
The Sentra's space is still large enough to swallow five carry-on bags, so it should have no problem with the school run or grocery shopping. The trunk opens wide, and it has a low liftover, making loading and unloading easy. It can also transport the occasional oversized item, thanks to 60/40-split rear seats that fold down.
The cabin has storage spaces in the front armrest, glove compartment, and a small indent in front of the shifter. SV and SR models have standard seatback pockets and a rear armrest with two cupholders.
|Nissan Sentra Trims||S||SV||SR|
|Trunk Volume||14.3 cu. ft.||14.3 cu. ft.||14.3 cu. ft.|
All models get cruise control, power windows, and keyless entry with a push-button start. The entry-level S has manual air-conditioning with an in-cabin microfilter, upgraded to dual-zone automatic climate control in the SV and SR. You gain access to more optional extras from the SV upwards, such as power-adjustable and heated seats. The SV also gets standard intelligent cruise control and remote engine start. At the same time, the SV and SR trims allow you to opt for a surround-view camera and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Sentra doesn't skimp on the safety kit, either. As standard across the range, you get Nissan's Safety Shield 360 package, consisting of front and rear emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The base S model is equipped with a seven-inch color touchscreen display mounted above the triple air vents. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, in addition to NissanConnect Services with a Wi-Fi hotspot, available in SR trim. The SV and SR get a bigger eight-inch touchscreen interface. Standard infotainment features across the range include Bluetooth streaming, USB ports (one in the S, three in the others), an aux input, and a hands-free text-messaging assistant. The base car comes with four speakers, while the SV and SR have six speakers. If sound quality matters to you, an eight-speaker Bose sound system is available on the SV and SR.
The system is easy to operate, but glare can be a problem. You can turn up the brightness, but the screen can occasionally be nearly unreadable. Navigation is not available, but with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto being standard, it's not a problem.