Nissan Micra Hatchback First Drive & Review

Nissan Micra Test Drive in Bangalore

 

Nissan Micra Overview

At the very outset it must be said that when Nissan unveiled this new generation of its popular hatchback, it very clearly said it’s a new kind of Micra. This car is more premium, larger, and is meant primarily for the European market. And unlike the previous generation Micra, this one is also being built in Europe at Renault’s Flins plant outside Paris, and not in the Alliance plant outside Chennai. All that pretty much is subtext for – this car isn’t for the emerging markets and won’t come to India. So why are we bringing you its review? Because it should. It is a change of a lifetime. We are talking about a new Micra that has grown into a modern, sporty and trendy car. What was wrong with the previous generation? Looking at global sales numbers, nothing. In six years it sold over 6 million units worldwide. But it wasn’t a success in India. Compare it to the new car, and that earlier Micra comes across as cheap and simplistic.

Nissan Micra Design

Given the new Micra is specifically designed or Europe then, means its chances of success are higher. The car is fresh, youthful, sporty and bold, and very modern. Even more so than its technical cousin Clio. The design is very similar to the Sway concept, as the Micra has maintained a confident front grille, headlamps, strong side line and highly placed headlights. Its soul is strengthened with ten body colours, including very lively red, orange, green or light blue. Buyers can also personalize it with decals on the bodywork and plastic inserts in the cabin. So for example, if you choose blue, you get inserts of the same colour in the centre console and all along the dashboard; also the edges of the seats are then in the same colour. Check for Nissan Micra price in Hyderabad.at CarBing.

Nissan Micra Cabin

The cabin palette also varies by trim or equipment packages – and there are an unbelievable 125 possible combinations. The Micra also has three new colours (red, orange and green) that use an innovative technique of tinted clear coat that highlights the sparkle of the paint. Additional space – especially in the front, make the Micra a very roomy and comfortable car. That’s true in the front and rear of the cabin, but do not expect miracles. The trunk has grown to a respectable 300 litres – one of the largest in the segment. So in the European context the Micra nameplate is going from being a Polo rival to more of a Golf rival.

The cabin is clean and practical and its chief highlight is the NissanConnect infotainment system, which has a 7-inch touchscreen. Our test car also had a digital DAB radio, satellite navigation, several applications and Apple CarPlay. The system also has a major USP – a 360-degree personal listening experience thanks to two speakers located in the driver seat headrest! That does provide a rather interesting and enjoyable experience to front passengers.

Nissan Micra Performance

Nissan Micra continues to house the same set of petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.2L petrol engine makes 77PS and 104Nm of max torque, paired to CVT transmission. The car isn’t available with the petrol manual transmission which could be a disappointment for many. On the other hand, the 1.5L dCi 4-cylinder diesel mill produces 64PS and 160Nm of peak torque, paired to a 5-speed gearbox.

The petrol version of Micra sports the same CVT transmission that is working in Sunny sedan. The performance isn’t bad at all and the gearbox has been tuned to adapt different driving styles, however, the focus remains clearly on deriving better fuel efficiency. The car does pulls better once the revs get past the 3500rpm mark, however, the open roads driving isn’t much exciting.

The diesel one has been reworked and the drivability has been improved from previous versions. The engine barely lags in cities and can easily pick up the speed in the third gear above 20kmph without any fuss. It feels like a naturally aspirated engine with the torque instantly available on tap.Powered by the 1.2-litre petrol engine, the Nissan Micra mileage is rated at 19.34 km/l as per the tests done by the ARAI. The more frugal diesel-powered Micra, on the other hand, is claimed to return an impressive fuel economy of 23.08 km/l, which is around 4 km/l more than the petrol version.

Nissan Micra Driving

The new Micra also excels behind the wheel. On the winding roads of the Adriatic coast, it displayed very precise steering and very good road handling. There are two systems that improve driving characteristics. The first is the Intelligent Ride Control that improves the Micra’s ride by using the engine and brakes to moderate the fore/aft pitching motion that’s often felt when a car goes over larger bumps in the road. The second is the Intelligent Trace Control. When cornering, this system automatically engages and adjusts the brakes on the inside of the vehicle, and the wheels on the outside, to keep the Micra on the optimal line.To know more details on Nissan Micra check Changeonslapac

Nissan Micra Safety

Nissan Micra’s braking ability is moderate and the car stops in the straight line without any problem. This time around, the carmaker has upped the safety aspects. The new Nissan Micra comes with standard dual front airbags and rear parking sensors. Other variants include features such as Brake Assist, ABS with EBD, engine immobilizer, rear parking camera, central locking, rear wiper, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers. The vehicle also comes with aspects such as traffic sign recognition, intelligent lane intervention, speed warning device, high beam assist, intelligent emergency braking and blind spot warning.

Nissan Micra Price in Hyderabad

Nissan Micra XL CVT Ex-showroom Price is 5,97,046/- and On Road Price is 6,95,297/-. Nissan Micra XL CVT comes in 6 colours, namely Sunshine Orange,Brick Red,Blade Silver,Storm White,Turqouise Blue,Onyx Black. Nissan Micra XL CVT comes with DOHC 12 Valve 3 Cyl with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 76 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 104 Nm@4400 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 19.34 Kmpl . Nissan Micra XL CVT comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD.Check car loan for Nissan Micra at Fincarz.

Nissan Micra Verdict

The tweaks to 2018 Nissan Micra are strictly restricted to features update. While the dual airbags are now standard across the range, the ABS and EBD are missing in the base trim. Overall, it is now a better package than before.Nissan Micra is offered in three variants they are XL, XL(O) and XV. Looking at the pricing, its base trim gets the price tag of Rs. 6.19 lakh, Micra XL Option CVT is offered at the price tag of Rs. 6.42 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 7.21 lakh for the diesel variants. Its top-spec model Micra XV CVT is priced at Rs. 7.23 lakh and Rs. 7.91 lakh for the petrol and diesel trims respectively. Micra currently rivals against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ford Figo, Honda Brio and Hyundai Grandi10 in the segment.

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