AFTER nearly 30 years and four models later, the Nissan Micra continues to set the city car standard. The latest Micra was created from scratch with the intention of setting a new benchmark for European city cars.
The Micra is the first model to use the new V-platform. It’s the first to use a range of advanced, low emission three-cylinder engines. And it’s the first to be built not in Japan or Europe, but in four overseas manufacturing plants in China, Thailand, India and Mexico
In Europe, city car owners will make journeys at higher average speeds on good quality roads, which means they expect dynamic performance, with responsive yet comfortable suspension tuning, speed-sensitive power-steering and confident braking.
The European city car segment is one of the most hotly contested segments in any market in the world. For this reason, new Micra was conceived, from its design, engineering, powertrain and equipment levels, to make European city driving as stress-free as possible.
A pair of brand new three-cylinder petrol engines displacing 1.2-litres power new Micra. The entry-level version is a normally aspirated entry-level 80PS unit which produces an impressively low 115 g/km of CO2.
But even this is overshadowed by the second version. This is a direct injection gasoline engine with a supercharger to boost power to 98PS. CO2 emissions, meanwhile, tumble to 95 g/km.
Such is the efficiency of these new petrols that Micra will not be offered with a diesel option.
The model line-up is simple with just one five-door body style, two engine options and two transmission choices - either a 5-speed manual or a highly advanced compact Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Grades available are XE followed by SV and then SVE offering a host of impressive equipment levels - including hands free phone systems, ABS, air - conditioning and much - for a comfortable and stress free drive. Pricing starts at €14,195 (excluding delivery and related charges) for the base model XE version and this reduces to an even more impressive €11,195 if customers take advantage of the Scrappage Scheme.