2011 Nissan Micra ST-L Automatic Road Test Review

28 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 Nissan Micra ST-L Automatic Road Test Review
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NISSAN MICRA REVIEW

VEHICLE STYLE: Five-door hatch

PRICE: $16,990 (plus on-road-costs)

Engine: 1.5 litre petrol, naturally aspirated in-line four cylinder

Outputs: 75kW @ 6000rpm / 136Nm
@ 4000rpm

Transmission: Four-speed automatic

Official fuel efficiency: 6.6 l/100km

On test fuel efficiency: 7.6 l/100km

CO2 emissions: 156g/km

In its basic three-cylinder form, the 2011 Micra comes as a well-equipped price leader offering best-in-class dynamics.

But step up to the mid-spec Micra ST-L and you get an engine that belongs in a larger car. Team that with a four-speed automatic transmission and the Micra ST-L becomes an appealing fuss-free commuter solution.

Driveability: Where the smaller 1.2 litre engine can sometimes struggle, the larger 1.5 has plenty of urge right through the rev range. Even with the automatic, the Micra ST-L is a willing performer.

With a super-tight turning circle and light manoeuvrability, the Micra is a doddle to poke into city car-parks and through tight narrow streets.

Refinement: There is a little road and wind noise evident, but no more than other cars in the Micra’s class. Because its never working too hard the engine remains hushed unless being pushed.

Suspension: The Micra#39;s suspension is quite soft though well damped, and takes the edge off potholes and speed humps well. It can be a little rolly through bends but handles choppy surfaces well.

Braking: Initial bite is sensitive but the front dics brakes and rear drums work well having no trouble with the Micra’s low weight .

ANCAP rating: Not tested by ANCAP (Euro NCAP 4 stars)

Safety features: Six airbags are standard (front, front side and full-length curtain, while all seats are fitted with three-point seatbelts. ABS, EBD, brake assist, and Vehicle Stability Assist are standard across the range.

SERVICING

Warranty: The 2011 Nissan Micra is sold with a three year/100,000km new car warranty.

Service costs: Servicing costs are capped for the first 120,000km or six years. Before purchase contact your local Nissan dealer, as capped prices may vary.

Kia Rio 1.4 LX auto ($16,990) – Marginally more room to move, but ultimately lacking refinement from both engine and interior. Getting long in the tooth now too.

Hyundai Getz S 5-door auto ($16.990) – Offers the same pros and cons as the Rio. Has proven reliable over time but there are better cars (the i20 is a very good drive). (see Getz reviews )

Mitsubishi Colt ES auto ($17,740) – A little more expensive and also from the next vehicle class. The Micra 1.5 lines up well against the Colt for equipment and dynamics, but cannot match it for space.

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price, excluding dealer delivery or on-road costs.

TMR VERDICT | OVERALL

Perhaps not the ultimate bargain there are cheaper buys but, on road, the Micra is at the head of the pack in the light car class.

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