Britain hasn’t had a Bluebird since 1990, when the Primera arrived. But it’s a car that many of us will remember as the ubiquitous ‘90s minicab: for about five years it felt that every private hire trip I took was in the back of a blue-smoking 2.0D version.
Anyway, I digress – but not by as much as you might suspect. Because somehow during the last 18 years and however many subsequent iterations, the Japanese-spec Bluebird still shares some recognisable characteristics with the ones I remember: this must be the last car in the world to feature velour panels on the insides of its doors.
Power now comes from a 2.0 litre four cylinder petrol engine, with drive heading forwards through a standard CVT slusher. Suspension settings are pillow soft and the controls all have Nissan’s trademark 1990 over-lightness.