Introducing the Nissan Micra
It almost feels like the Nissan Micra has been around since the dawn of time itself. Talk to your elders and they will likely remember seeing hundreds of the original driving around back in the 1980s when they were first introduced.
The recipe from the get-go was to blend affordability and dependability. Not much has changed in that regard, because the latest Micra still represents the best of both worlds. The only difference now is that you get a host of contemporary and clever features added for good measure.
Despite the competitive market for superminis, the Micra continues to do well because of its futuristic appearance and excellent build quality. Keep on reading to discover more about the Nissan Micra.
Design and Practicality
The Micra of old was always described as functional in its appearance. However, Nissan have taken it up a notch with the latest generation by opting for a futuristic design, which is complemented by a variety of colour packs.
So, whether you want something subtle, such as a 'Passion Red' body colour with black wheels, or you want something extroverted like the 'Gunmetal Grey' with 'Energy Orange' exterior pack, Micra has your personality covered.
Even though the Micra is a compact supermini, there is generous levels of space inside for passengers in the front and rear of the car. With a boot space capacity of 300 litres, you won't struggle on the weekly shop. Fold the rear seats down and you have 1,004 litres.
Technology and Safety
Despite the reasonable cost, the Micra is available with some brilliant features and technology. Nissan's latest infotainment system sits proudly within the centre console and comes with smartphone integration, Bluetooth and a sharp 7-inch touchscreen.
The standard audio in the Micra is very impressive, but Bose Personal takes it to a new level entirely. Six speakers are dotted around the cabin, with two having been placed in the headrest, for a unique 360° sound experience that you'll struggle to find anywhere else at this level.
There's a generous level of safety equipment designed to give you peace of mind. Features include:
- Intelligent Emergency Braking
- Intelligent Lane Intervention
- Blind Sport Warning
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- High Beam Assist
- Hill Start Assist
Economy and Performance
The Nissan Micra has always taken pride in its affordable running costs. The latest generation continues to impress with a choice of three petrol engines.
The first two choices are derived from a 0.9-litre unit that has been turbocharged. They both produce just under 100 bhp and offer a good slab of torque in the mid-range. CO2 ranges from 126-145 g/km for this engine, while up to 50.4 mpg can be achieved on a combined cycle. You have the choice between a 5-speed manual or a slick Xtronic automatic gearbox.
If you want a bit of extra punch, then you need the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, which produces 115 bhp and 147 ft/lbs. With CO2 at a lowly 133 g/km and mpg of up to 47.9 mpg, this is a fine choice.
Entry level cars used to be known for being spartan inside. Micra Visia+ changes that stereotype completely.
- Manual Air Conditioning
- Stop/Start Technology*
- Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition*
- Audio System with 2 Front Speakers
- USB with I-pod Connection & Bluetooth®
Micra Acenta adds in a few extra creature comforts that are a welcome addition during the weekly commute.
Specification highlights (in addition to Visia+):
- 16” Alloy Wheels
- 4 Speakers
- Cruise Control*
- Smartphone App integration including Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®
- New NissanConnect Display Audio
Purposeful and sharper to drive, the Micra N-Sport is ideal for keen drivers who want a bit of extra spice in their lives.
Specification highlights (in addition to Acenta):
- Black and Carbon-look Exterior Pack Plus with 17" Alloy Wheels
- Alcantara® seats with synthetic leather parts
- Rear View Camera and Rear Parking Sensors
- Nissan Intelligent Key with Start Push Button
- Front Armrest
If you're looking for the ultimate in bragging rights, then the Micra Tekna gives you all the tech needed for the job.
Specification highlights (in addition to Acenta):
- Rear View Camera with Rear Parking Sensors*
- BOSE® PERSONAL Audio System Featuring 2 Driver Headrest Speakers
- New NissanConnect Navi with TomTom Traffic
- Nissan Intelligent Key and Start Push Button
- Leather Wrapped Gear Knob with Silver Decoration
Test Drive the Nissan Micra
The Micra has become recognised as a car that offers a great all-round package for much less than you'd think. The futuristic design offers loads of personalisation, while the interior technology and engine choices deserve credit in their own right. As has always been, and will continue to be, the Nissan Micra is a great supermini well worth your consideration.
If you want to explore the Micra, then please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw Nissan retailer today to arrange a viewing.