Car Reviews: Nissan Micra 160SR – The AA

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Nissan Micra

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Keen makes driving enjoyable and decent performance Interior is and easy to use yet stylish Sliding seats boost practicality Smart pricing, low insurance and mean good value

Cute looks may not appeal to all ‘Intelligent Key’ system not on this model Image not as as rivals Many may not notice facelift

While the market for hot hatches is buoyant, the demand for desirable but less expensive is as strong. The so-called ‘warm’ is now a feature on most manufacturers’ lists, and Nissan has its own variant in the of the Micra 160SR.

Available in and five door versions the is clearly a Micra, but revisions to the help to distinguish from models. 16-inch gunmetal wheels as standard benefit its as well as handling, while front and rear bumpers side skirts and a tailpipe complete the changes. It adds to the shape but avoids attracting too attention.

On the inside there are more as well as extra equipment. lighting and wipers are standard, as are ESP and air The 160SR also gets seats and aluminium pedals with its sporting credentials, the leather-covered steering wheel is to hold.

While remaining as as a regular Micra, the extra make the 160SR feel special from behind the

The changes continue under the with the fitment of a 1.6-litre petrol engine not used by Nissan. This specially-developed uses sophisticated technology to a healthy 108bhp while providing impressive economy A top speed of 114mph and a 0-60 of 9.8 seconds means the 160SR is at as quick as its rivals.

Nissan has changed the Micra’s to cope with the extra with the bigger tyres up by stiffer and lower suspension for grip. The steering has also modified, increasing the weighting for feel. The end result is a good between handling and ride

Our verdict on the Nissan Micra

Although it may not grab as much as some of its rivals, the Micra manages to balance performance and style and discretion, comfort and in a well-rounded package. With running costs and the likelihood of reliability, it should make a satisfying sporting hatchback to own and to


Even this version of the Micra is cost Capable of 42.8mpg on the combined means small fuel A low insurance group will insure that your is minimal.

Nissan reliability is positive feature; ensuring to the dealer will be of the scheduled

Space and practicality

The low-set and high roofline allows a glazed area, bringing light into the cabin to a feeling of space. This is up by the tape measure: front passengers have plenty of leg and Those in the rear seats less room, though the is still generous.

The rear seats can slide as well as folding, allowing boot space or maximum

Controls and display



Car safety

The top-spec 160SR from six airbags as standard, with seatbelt pre-tensioners and front head restraints for a level of protection. As with all the 160SR gets anti-lock but in addition it gains ESP, the likelihood of an accident.


Nissan Micra

In standard form the Micra has driver appeal, as the combination of visibility, a smooth engine and controls provide a relaxing In 160SR form, the increased and flexibility of the engine provides excitement, while the firmer and steering deliver a more experience. Despite this, conservative drivers will the 160SR just as easy to as lesser-engined models.

Family car appeal

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Quality and image

Inside and out the quality is easy to see. The fit and finish is of a high standard, and like it will stand up to of use. Image-wise the Micra is as a distinctly female car with figures backing it up, though the appearance adds a dose of to its feel.

It may not, however, enough aggression to compete some rivals more aimed at the boy racer market.

On the three-door version the 160SR has large door apertures, the bubble-shaped roof and high position for easy access to the The front seats tilt and making access to rear

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

With a in-dash six disc CD changer and six the 160SR is well equipped for the Mounted high in the dash and labelled, the stereo is easy to with a good output and sound quality.

1.6-litre engine delivers a useful

Colours and trim

Although finished in dark fabrics and the Micra’s interior is pleasing to the Touches like the silver and aluminium pedals add flashes of while the seat trim is and looks hardwearing.

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