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Nissan Micra Facelift Review & Test Drive

Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra Overview

Nissan, the Japanese automaker launched the Micra back in the year 2010 with the intention of flexing the hands in the lucrative hatchback segment. But due to stiff competition in the Indian car market where rivals are selling between 15-20 thousand units every month, Micra did not achieve the expected results. So, to stay in the market Micra launched the facelifted model in 2013. Check for Car loan interest rate..

The vehicle got numerous changes on the inside and out but mechanically it remained the same. The fifth generation model of Nissan Micra made its debut at the Paris Motor show and it’s a major leap over the previous generation model. The 2017 model looks more stunning and futuristic in design. Recently, the company has launched its 2018 version with mild aesthetic updates and new features.

Nissan Micra Style

The new, refreshed Micra has seen the most number of changes at the front. All the three body panels (two side and bonnet slab) and the front bumper have been changed and the result is a more aggressive and completely new frontal looks. The bonnet grille gets a honey-comb pattern and there is the new V-theme built into the chrome sash that adorns the grille just below the Nissan logo. This theme extends onto the V-shaped ridge on the bonnet and the airdam below the grille.

The headlamps feature a new design now, though the peeled back, bug-eyed overall appearance continues. A curved bottom edge and the kink on the outer corners of the headlamps give them a new look. The lamps’ combination has also accordingly changed. The bumper is now larger and bulges forward even more, swallowing almost all of the facelifted Micra’s increased length of 45 mm. The top variants of the Micra will now also feature a triangular foglamp with chrome housing.

The rest of the Micra’s exterior design has been retained. The roofline, the straight shoulder line, the door design and the door mirrors are all the same as the previous generation’s. However, the rear of the facelifted Micra gets some changes including a new bumper and a new set of tail-lamps with a line of LED brake lights. The overall design of the tail-lamps remain the same.

Nissan Micra Space

Over the years, the interiors have been refined a lot. The dashboard of the car is well laid out. The Micra has replaced the older dull looking grey scheme with more chrome across the cabin. The car now boasts of all black interiors which has certainly uplifted the premiumness inside. The center console which earlier got chrome treatment has been revamped once again. It now features a new 6.2 inch touchscreen infotainment unit with audio video navigation through phone mirroring.

The car, as usual, continues to sport the same set of seat fabrics and trims. The rounded air con control and the top half of the dashboard remain the same with piano black finish which is delightful to feast your eyes on. The steering also remains intact with chrome studded company logo which does make the car feel more upmarket. In terms of space, the front passengers get plenty of it and there is a sufficient amount of clearing between the driver’s knee and the steering. Where headroom is good at both front and the back, the legroom at the rear is absolutely generous and amongst the best in its class.

The automatic air conditioner scores some brownie points when it comes to chilling the compartment. Other comfort features in the car include rain sensing wipers, lead me to car for tracking the car in parking, electrically adjustable ORVM, automatic headlamps, driver seat height adjustment, push engine start/stop and remote keyless entry. For more info on Micra check Painpeters

Nissan Micra Engine

Diesels rule the roost here in India and Nissan read those signs pretty early. As a result we have the diesel Micra launched within six months of the petrol’s arrival. And what you see here under the hood is exactly the same unit that has been powering the diesel Mahindra-Renault Logan albeit carrying a lot less weight, 130 plus kg to be precise. The 1.5 dCi unit pushes out a Logan identical 65 PS @ 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 160 Nm @ 2000 rpm. The only difference here is that the Micra looses the intercooler and a result some weight as well. Start the motor up and it fires to life with the usual diesel clatter but once warmed up it settles down to a nice quite idle.

One of the best power to weight ratios in its class means, the Micra dCi feels pretty sprightly off the mark. Keep shifting in the power band and the Micra hits the ton in 16.2 seconds which is pretty much in the same vein as the Swift diesel. Drivability is also pretty good and there is no turbo lag whatsoever. Push it harder though and the Micra takes on a gruff note. The sweet spot lies in the 1500 – 3500 rpm range where this baby is the happiest. The gear shift has a nice positive throw as well and going up and down the box is hardly a chore. But thanks to the amazing drivability even that is barely needed. View offers on Nissan Micra at Autozhop.

Nissan Micra Driving

The steering feels really good to hold and has grips on the 10/2 position and is slightly dished out. Although it feels great to hold, it does somewhat feels a tad too large. Even though the horn button on the steering is light and easy to use, we found that the horn itself is quite weak and the Micra desperately needs to have dual horns to cope with our country’s driving conditions. The instrument cluster is a fairly straightforward simple to read affair. There’s a speedometer that takes centerstage and the tachometer to its left. On the right of the speedometer are warning lights and a digital display which show the odometer and trip readings in addition to distance to empty and a real time fuel economy readout. This ‘Drive Computer’ as Nissan likes to call it, is a standard feature across all trim levels.

Nissan Micra Safety

Nissan has built the Micra to last and there are not many reasons to complain on this. The doors shut with a loud thud indicating that Nissan has kept some quality control in the manufacturing process. The suspension soaks up most of the bumps and jerks, The Micra’s suspension has been softened top meet the requirements set by Indian road conditions. The Micra is the first of the cars to provide for drivers side airbag, even in the base variant. The Micra is well put together too, not one rattle heard. Plastics feel upmarket and even the silver center console does not feel cheap. The cabin is well damped and Nissan has used an oval crank pulley mounting for its 3 cylinder engine and hence there is no vibration or humm felt at idling.

Nissan Micra  Cost in Chennai 

Nissan Micra On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 7,06,248 to 15,97,363 for variants Micra XL CVT and Micra XV CVT respectively. Nissan Micra is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Nissan Micra variants price in Chennai. Check for Micra price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Nissan Micra Conclusion

There’s a reasonable amount of space inside and visibility out is good, and it’s a comfortable if not particularly engaging drive. In spite of a parsimoniously equipped base model, other cars do fairly well with their equipment levels.

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