Nissan Micra Overview & Test Drive

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. View offers on Nissan Cars from Nissan dealers in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Nissan Micra Exteriors

The previous Micra was designed as a global car, and so came across as a bit low-cost – although practical and affordable. While there was really nothing wrong with it, it certainly came up short for demanding European customers. So now the new Micra is very much a different car – its attractive, sporty and much more. First of all, the new Micra is not a Renault Clio, although it would have been practical to do that considering it’s also made at Flins. The side mirrors, engines and transmissions are the only parts these cousins have in common. The new Micra is based on a modified platform of Nissan’s small MPV – Note which the new Micra replaces some ways in Europe.

The newcomer is not only much larger the last car (in length it has grown by 170 mm to exactly 4 metres, while also lower and wider), it is also more modern in all respects. Most importantly, it does not come across as a global, low cost model for sure. Of course, that does not mean the new Micra will be more successful than its predecessor. In fact we actually believe that will not happen, because it will initially be on sale only in Europe. But it will certainly be more successful in Europe itself – a market where the B segment is the largest and where customers are more demanding than in other parts of the world. Nissan does not speak about numbers, but is clear it wants the Micra to enter the top ten sales chart. Analytical company IHS Automotive predicts sales of over 700 thousand vehicles throughout the its lifetime – which is 300,000 units more than the outgoing car did.

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.

Nissan Micra Interiors

Again, the changes on the inside are subtle but noticeable. The centre console has been revamped and it now it’s a piano black finish— which is glossy— and has rectangular air-con vents than the circular. The music system has been changed, and this one gets USB and even Bluetooth connectivity. Reverse parking camera and steering mounted audio controls are other new features.The material of the seats has been changed too and the same material is used on the door pad. Everything else remains untouched. The instrument cluster, the gear knob, the power window switches and even the design of the steering wheel.

The range topping Micra, which is the XV Premium is available only in diesel version and it gets i-Key (keyless entry and push start and stop), electrically folding mirrors, steering mounted audio controls, alloy wheels, ABS, rear parking camera and even Bluetooth connectivity. The Micra is still a feature-rich product and good value for money too. Check for Nissan Micra in oksociety

Nissan Micra Performance

The Nissan Micra specifications remain unchanged. That said, the hatchback continues to derive power from the 1.2-litre petrol engine with maximum power output of 76 bhp against peak torque of 104 Nm. Diesel variants, on the other hand, come equipped with a 1.5-litre oil burner with 63 bhp and 160 Nm peak torque. It gets a standard five-speed manual gearbox along with an optional CVT. 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. That is impressive for a car in this segment really. Both systems do add to the cost of this car, but would be so great to have in Indian road and traffic conditions.

Nissan Micra Safety

Airbags are provided in front for driver and co-passenger on all trims. Anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist is missing only in the entry level diesel variant. Other important safety equipment aboard are driver armrest, immobilizer with alarm, central door locking, speed sensing auto door lock, follow me home lamps, driver seat belt warning indicator, dual horn among others. Chrome garnish is visible on lower front radiator grille and around fog lamps. Rear side of the hatchback gets a wiper and fog lamps are available only on the range topping variant. On the inside, Micra features adjustable headrests in front and rear, a 12V power outlet, passenger seat back pocket and an upper glove-box.

Nissan Micra Price in Hyderabad

Nissan Micra On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,79,448 to 8,50,005 for variants Micra XL CVT and Micra DCI XL Comfort respectively. Nissan Micra is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Nissan Micra variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Micra price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Nissan Micra Round Up

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 2018 is primarily an updated version of the hatchback, which gets additional comfort and safety features. There are no changes to the exterior and interior styling. It also retains the same mechanical set-up, which means that it continues featuring the same petrol as well as diesel engines. Transmission choices have also been retained. The Nissan Micra variants include XL and XV trims in manual and CVT options. With the addition of new features, the Nissan Micra price in India receives a slight bump.

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