Although Nissan Micra Super-mini offers low running costs but overall it is an average city car
Nissan Micra was first introduced more than three decades ago and is one of the most famous nameplates in UK. It always has been a soft, bubbly and low cost Supermini but in the modern generations, Micra has lost its admiration. In all aspects, it is no longer a great Supermini but still economical.
In the new generations of Micra, some unusual things were noted and one of them is engine power. You cannot imagine its power coming from three cylinders until you ignite it and floor it on the road. It is fairly smooth and calm when idle, however delivers massive power when in action. Clutch and gear shifting is very smooth and light where you can feel that the Micra is purely designed for ease of driving. In the UK, the majority of new drivers prefer the Micra as their first ever buy. It has a respectable response to throttle and pulls away with familiar and pleasant three cylinder play.
Its 1198cc Nissan Engine size is big enough for three-pot engine family. It offers 79bhp of power and 81lb ft. of torque.
Nissan Micra Engine
A supercharged DIG-S is a higher power version, which cranks out 105bhp of power and equally boosted torque enabling Micra to clock 11.3 seconds from zero to 60 miles per hour where its peak power arrives at 5600rpm.
A marginally better engine offered in Micra is a 1.2 Litre supercharged engine which is better of the other two on offer. However, it has relatively high running costs than of DIG-S and 1.0 Litre versions. It returns very good fuel economy of 56.6 mpg on average while carbon emissions are relatively high with 115g/km. The most economical version offers 68.9 miles per gallon on average with carbon emissions of 99g/km.
It is now in fourth generation and open for sale around the globe. If you are a new driver and looking for a car to buy, then there is nothing better than a Micra.
Micra is an elite Supermini built by Japanese automaker Nissan. It was introduced in global markets including UK and Europe but now Nissan feels that the Micra is destructive in the UK market and struggling to improve its presence there. Experts say that this is because of weird styling and unusual designs of the models.
It is comparatively a good little car when it comes to costs, reliability and safety. Although Micra is built in with durable bits and pieces but is unable to accomplish dependability in the domestic auto market of UK and totally kicked out by the Ford Fiesta. However another point to be noticed is that the Micra has only one engine option: a 1.2 litre but with different trims and state of tunes. It has three cylinder moulds with the size of 1198cc that can produce the power output of 79bhp only and the pulling power of 80 lb-ft of torque. Though it works on multipoint fuel injection system for great efficiency and performance but still feels some lack of power.
It is actually a tough job for Micra to make an overtaking attempt on the road and sprint on the traffic signals. One of the plus points is the fuel economy of this tiny city car. It has claimed fuel economy of 47 mpg combined. Nissan Micra has CO2 emissions of 115 g/km. This tiny engine is mated with five speed manual transmission which drives it from front wheels. This power terrain helps the Micra to sprint on road from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 13.7 seconds however the CVT automatic transmission can get there in 14.5 seconds and the top speed of Micra with CVT is 100 miles per hour and 105 miles per hour with the manual transmission.
Safety equipment includes EBD and ABS braking system with disks on front and drums on the rear wheels and brake assist system is also there. It has dual front airbags and pre-tensioners on the seat belts, curtains and side airbags and an Active safety system is rock-hard with ESP as standard on all trims and Euro NACP has awarded Micra four stars in crash testing.
Nissan Micra is a global Supermini that struggled to find its feel in UK
Micra is an exclusive Supermini built by Nissan for its international market (including UK) also but it
Nissan Micra Supermini
is struggling to feel its importance in the UK market which is a real dilemma for the Japanese car maker and its all due to the design and peculiar styling of the models.
Cost wise, it is a good little car, reliable and safe and built in with unthreatening stuff but unable to achieve reliability in the UK domestic auto market and totally outclassed by the Ford Fiesta. There is only one engine option in Micra which is 1.2 litres with different trims and state of tunes. It has three pots pattern and the size of 1198cc that can produce the power output of 79bhp only and the pulling power with the torque of 80 lb-ft. It works on multipoint fuel injection system for great efficiency and performance. It has great fuel economy figures that are claimed by Nissan at 47 mpg combined. Nissan Micra has CO2 emissions of 115 g/km. It has front wheel driving system with five speeds manual transmission. This power terrain helps the Micra to sprint on road from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 13.7 seconds however the CVT automatic transmission can get there in 14.5 seconds and the top speed of Micra with CVT is 100 miles per hour and 105 miles per hour with the manual transmission.
Engine for Nissan Micra
It is a real hard job for Micra to make an overtaking effort on the road and sprint on the traffic signals. Safety equipments include the braking system with disks on front and drums on the rear wheels with ABS and EBD however, the brake assist system is also there.
It has dual front airbags and pre-tensioners on the seat belts, curtains and side airbags are also standard. Active safety system is reinforced with ESP across all trims and models of Micra that intervenes to reduce the power and Euro NACP has awarded Micra four stars in crash testing.
The Nissan Micra 1.2 DIG-S Tekna CVT is made to think that it is a luxury saloon. That is the only way to explain its limousine like specification. These include a parking slot measurement system that informs motorists which parallel bays are a suitable size for parking. It also has a ‘Connect’ feature which includes a touch-screen sat-nav plus Bluetooth, USB, iPod, and iPhone connections. Nissan has made life easy and comfortable by giving rear parking sensors, cruise control, automatic windscreen wipers/headlights and climate control. It has saftey features of a big car. Highlights include the electronic stability programme for safer cornering, anti-lock brakes to prevent skidding, and numerous air-bags. All wrapped-up with a panoramic roof and attractive fifteen-inch alloys.
The Nissan Micra 1.2 DIG-S Tekna CVT clearly has the features of a luxury saloon but these complement the running costs of a supermini.
Its 98PS petrol engine therefore averages 56.5mpg and returns 62.8mpg on the extra-urban cycle. These figures are reasonable for low cost petrol that hits 62mph in 11.9 seconds, and has automatic transmission. This top of the range Micra also has light steering for easy parking, a composed chassis for confident cornering, and a comfortable ride. These complement its five-door practicality and the fair 265-litre boot. Plus, of course, it is a Nissan so it feels beautifully screwed together. All for £14,850. That is considerable less than luxury saloons.
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