You don't know, they only took the roof line aerodynamic and forgo the entire frontal from tyre all the way up to roof? Vios is 5mm wider than Almera and is more than 40mm shorter as well, not to forget, Vios ground clearance is standard 150mm.
Almera sits higher over 1500mm and has very high ground clearance for a car at 160mm allowing more air to flow beneath it making it less stable? That explains why your infected journalists claimed and admitted it is not stable at higher speed over 120km/h. What else, so narrow yet so much space below and sit so high sure floaty and shaky lor.
Despite both having similar gear ratio, because Vios is lower, less ground clearance and shorter means less weight distribution to the far rear therefore, its 141Nm is considered adequate to pull it around. Almera's long rear and less aerodynamic in overall frontal surface (including the mid section and bottom part) eventually make it weak to have 2.8 1st gear to assist the weaker 1.5L 139Nm pulling power.
Fyi, aerodynamic is not measured in crash test safety rating. You are forgetting that the safety rating only measured passenger survival rate, not the engine and aerodynamic.
Vios is dugong but because Almera copied Vios and even worse design therefore it should be named uglier Dugong. Dugong is Vios but uglier Dugong is Almera. New Vios should be here next year slightly later than worldwide scheduled launch based on new Camry launch.
U don't even know how compare a total length of a car, 1st the longer Almera is not concentrate of the boot area alone, it is the overall length, Almera is having longer wheel base than Vios as well, mean the drag only exist in ur Brain.
In fact if u want to talk about shorter boot area, do ur know why hatchback car need to have real spoiler ? It is becoz air that travelled from the roof will actually push all the way down on the back of a car thus lift the real end, spoiler will divert the air to a further distance & create a gentler slope, U can check out same case happen to the first batch Audi TT, where the designer had to add spoiler to divert the air from floating directly to real end of the car & cause the real end to lift up & become unstable at high speed, bet u donno this famous news hah.
I am glad Nissan is giving a higher ground clearance than it's rival, u r not driving ur car only on well tufted highway, even in KL some part of the road r very bad condition full of speed bump, some r even unmarked, in fact if u drove in some housing area there even resident own making speed bump, the condition are worst in smaller town & semi rural area.
The so called ground effect will only exist when ur car hit the ton 100mph/160kmh how often u hit that speed with these B segment 1.5 car that is if it capable to reach that speed with 3-4 passengers on board.
Every body know that taller roof line & better legroom give better comfort to driver as well as passenger, but u r twisting the fact for ur personal vendetta against Nissan.
Admit it u r nothing but a sored loser.