2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review | A Sport Cars

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2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review

2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review #8211; #8220;Chic, elegant and fashionable, Jewish calendar month Micra C+C adds a replacement dimension to the Micra family. Not solely will it give all the design of a convertible, it remains a sensible prospect due to its sizeable boot. With Micra C+C, owning a convertible want now not be a compromise.#8221;, Makoto Yamane, Studio Chief Designer, Jewish calendar month style Europe

The thirstily anticipated Jewish calendar month Micra C+C coupé/convertible is sort of here. undraped nowadays (15 June) at the NMUK works in Sunderland, England, sales of the trendy 2+2 area unit owing to begin towards the top of the year.

First shown as a thought at the 2002 Paris motor show, the assembly version brings new concepts to its market segment: the folding car is formed for the most part of glass to make associate degree alfresco feeling whether or not the roof is up or stowed away.

Development and production of the car has been undertaken for Jewish calendar month by Karmann, specialists within the style and production of convertible models. In common with all European Micras, Micra C+C are going to be engineered at Sunderland therefore Karmann has established atiny low production facility among NMUK wherever the car modules are going to be fitted to the Micra platforms.

Undeniably elegant, Micra C+C is lower and longer than the hatchback Micra. The roof line, settled by the steeply raked screen, is 110mm less than on the standard automobile whereas it#8217;s additionally 90mm longer overall: the additional length is all to the rear of the automobile, to make the area required to pack the car behind the rear +2 seats.

The car itself may be a work of art. It will be raised or down with one bit of a button whereas the vehicle is on the move and takes simply twenty two seconds to fold clamshell-style below the double-hinged lid. it#8217;s hinged at very cheap and opens front to rear once the roof is raised or down and at the highest once opened conventionally to pack baggage.

Thanks to the Auto-Open Roof®, only 1 button must be pushed once hydraulicly raising or lowering the roof #8211; associate degree automatic latching system will away with the requirement to manually lock or unlock the roof’s vanguard to the screen header rail.

But likewise as having beautiful appearance, Micra C+C remains decisively sensible, enjoying category leading baggage house. With the roof down the boot space provides 221 litres of stowage house, that rises to a powerful 426 litres once it#8217;s in situ.

In addition the cabin has several clever storage areas, most of that area unit lockable permitting the automobile to be left unattended even once the roof is down.

Looks of 2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review

With the roof down, the Nissan Micra C+C is one of the best looking coupe-cabriolets available. It manages to hide the bulk that comes of having to electrically stow a folding hardtop in the boot. It manages this by utilising a crease along the sides – which also appears on the Nissan Micra hatchback – to make it look more squat than it actually is.

The front will be familiar to the legion of Micra hatchback owners. With the roof up, it looks slightly more awkward, with an unusually long boot.

Looks inside of 2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review

Rather than having a folding metal roof, the Micra C+C’s centre section is glass, which makes the car feel bright and airy whether the roof is on or not. Like most other coupe-convertibles, the interior is largely carried over from the hatchback version, which means a well laid out dashboard, and solid feeling switches.

Practicality of 2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review

The Micra C+C offers a huge amount of practicality against with its contemporaries. The boot measures a huge 457 litres with the roof up and a useful 255 litres when the roof is stowed. By comparison a Mini hatchback offers just 160 litres, and even the Mini Clubman estate can only manage 260 litres. The roof folds at the touch of a button in 22 seconds, and is free from fiddly catches to undo first.

There’s about as much space in the front as there is in the standard hatchback, although the rear seats are best suited for childseats (there are ISOFIX mountings installed) because legroom is minimal. Forward visibility is good too, thanks to relatively thin windscreen pillars; the C+C has rear rollover hoops to help in a crash.

Ride and Handling of 2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review

More a low to mid-speed cruiser than anything else, the Micra C+C’s composure depends almost entirely whether the roof is up or down. With the roof in place, the car feels taut, enjoyable to drive at a moderate pace. Stow the roof, and the feeling of rigidity is lost, with some creaks from interior trim, and some obvious flex from the chassis.

Performance of 2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review

Nissan Micra C+C

Two petrol engines are available; a 1.4 and 1.6, the latter with a choice of four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearboxes. The manual-only 1.4-litre petrol engine offers 87bhp, which is good for a 12.8 second 0-62mph dash and a 108mph top speed. The 108bhp 1.6 we tested can cover the 0-62mph marker in 10.6 seconds (12.2 for the auto), before hitting 118mph (111mph for the auto).

The 1.6 we tested feels plenty powerful enough to hustle the C+C, although the 1.4 is likely to feel a little underpowered, particularly if fully laden.

Running Costs of 2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review

The Nissan Micra C+C should be fairly close to the hatchback when it comes to cost of ownership. Fuel consumption will be slightly higher due to the C+C’s extra weight. The 1.4 will return an average of 42.8mpg, while the 1.6 will cover 42.2mpg. Specify the automatic gearbox, and this figure drops to 38.2mpg. Insurance should be affordable too.

Only the lack of a lower emissions unit (such as the Peugeot 207 CC HDI) lets it down. Emissions here range from 158 to 178g/km, which has road and company car tax implications.

Reliability of 2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review

Built in Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, the Micra C+C feels well put together. Its worth highlighting that electrically folding roofs can be prone to developing faults, although the Micra appears to fare better than most.

Safety of 2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review

The Micra C+C hasn’t been put through the EuroNCAP crash test programme, but the standard car scored four stars. ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, whiplash-reducing active front headrests and a passenger airbag cut-off switch are standard across the range. The Acenta, Tekna and Active Luxury models add ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) for manual cars.

Equipment of 2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review

All models in the range come with a decent level of equipment. The entry-level Visia features keyless entry, electric door mirrors, CD/radio with MP3 and Bluetooth integration, speed limit warning, trip computer, lockable storage under the passenger seat, electric windows and 15-inch alloys.

The Acenta adds air-con, rear park sensors, sporty interior trim and 16-inch alloys, while the Tekna we tested is available with heated front seats, climate control, 6CD changer and half leather seats with suede-trimmed doors. The Active Luxury model also receives leather and alcantara sports seats, metallic paint and lots of chrome and leather trimmings.

X-Factor of 2005 Nissan Micra C+C Review

The Micra C+C injects some style and character into the worthy Micra range. It has many things to recommend it, but its just not as chic as the Peugeot 207 CC.

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