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Nissan Micra Review: Nissan Micra Review: Mid-life Revival

Nissan Micra Review: Mid-life Revival

By Aditya Chatterjee; 13th June, 2013
Introduction

Nissan Micra Review: Mid-life Revival

The hatchback segment in India has been dynamic. A herd of launches happening across all segments has changed the scene off late, causing manufacturers to wow consumers with various different selling points.

Nissan Micra

When Micra was introduced, it was appreciated for its performance but then the exterior looks got mixed reactions which were too feminine for some.

This hatch brought a fresh trend in the hatch market with features which were normally seen in premium cars especially the keyless entry and Start/Stop ignition button. Initially, the Micra got very popular cause of its retro styling but then with fierce competition the numbers started diminishing.

Nissan has given the Micra a 2013 facelift with bolder looks, retouched edges and premium piano finish interiors. Apart from exterior looks, the new Micra also gets an X-Tronic automatic transmission. With a formal launch later this month, the Micra looks all geared up to begin its fresh innings. We explore more on it in our review.

Exterior

To begin with the new Nissan Micra does away with the feminine looks however it still does not look angry in your face type. The new car retains certain characteristic lines and sheds off cuteness. Surprisingly, the earlier Micra had a strong female following too cause of its petite nature but then will that remain same with the new version is debatable.

Nissan Micra

The smiling pokemon face has gone and instead the nose has become bold. The new grille design gives it a bold face. The ellipse has become broader. It sports the V styled strong muscular chrome frame which surrounds the Nissan logo. The frame has contrasting dark honeycomb background. The front bumper looks very radical with the new air intake design and restyled fog lamp holders.

Nissan Micra

Headlamps now look fierce. The tear drop headlamps of the earlier version are passé as the new headlamps have sharp styling and remind you of the one on Nissan’s 370Z. The headlamp stretches its way along the bonnet. Even the reflecting surface inside the headlight assembly has been increased which contributes to better illumination.

There is a generous garnish of chrome seen on the face of this new version. With this new face, the Micra gets a fresh character. When seen from silhouette, it looks identical to the earlier except for a slight change in length which is very evident cause of the restyled bumpers. On the rear section, the tail gate gets an additional lip which has a pout along the rear bumper. The new Micra also gets a first in class LED tail lights. The rear bumper now sees additional contours which go with the bold front theme.

Nissan Micra

Interior

Nissan has taken all possible feedback to make the car feel as plush as it can. Without changing the basic interior architecture, the seats fabrics and trims have been improved. With the new trims, the cabin feels roomier than before.

Nissan Micra

The main attraction in the interior is the piano finish central console with 2 DIN display audio system. This comes only in the premium variants as the base gets a matte finished console. The glossy finish of the central panel grows on you and not an instant favorite. Even the colors of the dashboard have been revised as darker shades have a premium feel in India.

The fabrics on seats look decent while the door trims too sport enhanced texture on trims depending on the variant. Seats are comfortable and the legroom for front row passengers is very good. Even the interior door handles have a silver finish. The headroom and legroom remain unchanged. The under thigh support is very comfortable for rear passengers. The headroom for the rear passengers takes a beating cause of the roofline design.

Nissan Micra

The retro styling in the earlier version is evident in this one too. Example the circular styles airco vents which now have a silver finish. The speedometer tachometer which gets silver rings. So the soft edged theme can be seen all around inside the car. The design has been deliberated kept like that for passenger comfort.

The USB which was sorely missed in the previous version has been very smartly placed between the recesses of twin storage banks on the front dashboard. The upper storage space can store miscellaneous articles while the lower storage has a greater capacity. There are twin cup holders on the central panel. The door pockets can hold a litre class container at ease. Overall, the improved interiors give a positive vibe.

Nissan Micra

 

Performance

The Micra retains both its engine trims with the petrol displacing 1198 cc and producing a power output of 76PS at 6000 rpm and a torque rating of 104Nm at 4000 rpm.

Nissan Micra

The diesel engine has a displacement of 1461cc. It produces a peak power output of 64PS at 4000 rpm and a meaty torque of 160Nm at a mere 2000 rpm. The new Micra gets an additional CVT X-tronic transmission along with its manual counterparts.

The CVT box promises to be a radical unit as it concentrates on three primary purposes which include smooth acceleration, good fuel economy and a linear engine response. Rhe new auto transmission promises a fuel efficiency of 19.34 Kmpl which is more than the manual version. Some of the benefits of this box is it has smaller pulleys which makes it more compact and makes it fuel efficient. The engineers have reduced the length of travel by integrating the clutch and sub planetary gears.

Nissan Micra

The diesel steals the crown of being the most joy to drive version. It amazed us with its strong torque output. Shift it across gears and the power delivery holds on very strong. Even in low revs the engine refuses to run out. Overtaking is not a task at all. The steering feedback is on the heavier side. The CVT box is similar to the one on Sunny and also Renault Scala.

The automatic transmission is a solution to bumper to bumper traffic which needs frequent gear change. With this new box, Nissan claims that the traditional myth of an auto box being more expensive than the manual is no longer true. It has a linear power output. The steering feels very light in the automatic. Maneuvering through tight corners is very easy. This was very effective when we were driving in Madurai in the traffic congested lanes. The suspension setup too is effective. The ride quality remains unchanged.

Nissan Micra

Features inside the cabin are the same too. The AC is effective in cooling the cabin quickly. The music system performs decently and can be controlled with steering mounted controls. With the improved central panel, the touch and feel of the buttons have been drastically improved. The use of chrome buttons and gloss backgrounds manages to bring a plush feeling.

Tech specs
Technical Specifications
 Make Nissan
 Model Micra
Variant Diesel
Engine CC 1461
Power PS/RPM 64/4000
Torque NM/RPM 160/2000
Transmission 5/M
Turning radius in M 4.65
Tyres 165/70R14
Dimensions in mm
Length 3780
Width 1685
Height 1625
Wheelbase 2450
Ground Clearance 160
Fuel Tank Capacity 41
Boot capacity 251
Features
Features XV XV Premium
Power steering Yes Yes
Steering tilt adjust Yes Yes
Power windows front & rear Yes Yes
Driver side windows with autodown and anti pinch function Yes Yes
Central door lock Yes Yes
Intelligent key with push button ignition Yes Yes
Engine Immobilizer Yes Yes
Driver Airbag Yes Yes
Front fog lamp No Yes
Roof Antena Yes Yes
Rear wiper and washer Yes Yes
Rear defogger No Yes
R15"alloy wheels Yes Yes
Integrated audio system with 4 Speakers Yes Yes
Manual AC with filter Yes No
Auto AC with filter No Yes
Interior color scheme Greige Yes Yes
Leather wrap steering wheel and Gear Knob No Yes
Ex showroom Price Mumbai 607384 653213
Competition
Specifications
Nissan
Micra
Maruti Suzuki
Ritz
Ford
Figo
Variant XV Premium ZDIi 1.4 Duratorq Diesel
Engine Displacement 1461 1248 1399
Power PS/RPM 64/4000 75/4000 69/4000
Torque NM/RPM 160/2000 180/2000 160/2000
Transmission 5/M 5/M 5/M
Turning radius in M 4.65 4.7 4.9
Tyres 165/70 R14 185/70 R15 175/65 R14
Dimensions in mm
Length 3780 3775 3795
Width 1685 1687 1680
Height 1625 1620 1427
Wheelbase 2450 2360 2489
Ground Clearance 160 170 168
Fuel Tank Capacity 41 43 45
Boot capacity 251 - 284
Mileage in KMPL 23 23 20
Features
Power steering Yes Yes Yes
Steering tilt adjust Yes Yes Yes
Power windows front & rear Yes Yes Yes
Driver side windows with autodown and anti pinch function Yes Yes Yes
Central door lock Yes Yes Yes
Intelligent key with push button ignition Yes Yes Yes
Engine Immobilizer Yes Yes Yes
Driver Airbag Yes Yes Yes
Front fog lamp Yes Yes Yes
Roof Antena Yes Yes Yes
Rear wiper and washer Yes Yes Yes
Rear defogger Yes Yes Yes
R15"alloy wheels Yes No No
Integrated audio system with 4 Speakers Yes Yes Yes
Manual AC with filter No No No
Auto AC with filter Yes Yes Yes
Leather wrap steering wheel and Gear Knob Yes Yes Yes
Ex showroom Price Mumbai 653213 669063 599999
Conclusion

Nissan Micra gets a timely refresh indeed with minor tweaks but then is it sufficient to keep the hatch floating among competition is what will be determined after its official prices are out. One thing is for sure that the new Micra is not going to be priced lower than the existing version.

The Micra has got mixed reactions in terms of looks but then the engine has always garnered positive reaction. The drivability of Micra has always been positive and with the new Micra the same is continued. Interiors of the car did not seem premium earlier which Nissan claims to have sorted with this one. With tweaked looks, refurnished interiors and a new automatic option, Micra gets ready to take on its competition.

Nissan Micra