Nissan Micra C+C

6 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Nissan Micra C+C
Nissan Micra C+C

The Micra has been Nissan’s best selling small car for many years and in its latest guise, with radical new styling, has rightly attracted many buyers and admirers. Over 60% are sold to female buyers and I suspect the new Micra C+C will similarly attract a majority of female buyers.

Priced from £13,500 and rising to £16,150 I have recently spent a week behind the wheel of the 1.6 litre Essenza mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The omens were not good; as the car does look rather strange with the clever folding metal and glass roof in the raised position.

Add the rather strange metallic brown (Café Latte according to Nissan’s paint chart) to the blue/green interior and it’s an interesting combination.

In its sector the Micra C+C only really has the Colt CZC for direct competition, neither are in the vanguard of aesthetic advancement. The Micra though does have the advantage. It is a remarkably good drive and the automatic box has some well-chosen ratios that make the best of the car’s 110 PS 1.6 litre engine.

A major advantage of ‘hard-top’ convertibles, apart from security, is they are much quieter than their soft-top counterparts. Micra C+C is no exception being refined and smooth even under acceleration.

The cabin has clever storage ideas from under the cushion of the front passenger seat to compartments and cubby-holes in the more usual places around the dash. Standard fare includes alloy wheels, fog lamps, heated leather seats, climate control, CD Tuner with 6-CD in-dash changer, audio controls on the steering wheel and keyless ignition and entry.

Nissan Micra C+C

My big problem with the C+C, other than its looks, is that the windscreen header rail hooks over the top of the car and intrudes on headroom. Well mine anyway. It is quite disconcerting to thump your head every time you move forward to the slightest degree. I am not that tall either and this problem happened even with the seat at its lowest position.

Even with the backrest as reclined as far as practical and safe things did not improve.

With the roof raised the boot space is vast, and once lowered it is still acceptable. I cannot help thinking though for the kind of money Nissan require for the C+C there are better options. Although larger the new Focus C+C lead-in model at £16,795 even in manual form for example, Peugeot’s 206CC from £15,145 looks better value by far with 1.6 engine and auto transmission.

Equally VW’s Beetle Cabrio in 1.6 form, admittedly manual gears, is £15,650. In the Micra C+C’s favour it does have the lowest insurance group but I’m not sure cabrio buyers have insurance as the overriding factor in their purchase.

For: Refined drive, clever and easy folding roof.

Nissan Micra C+C
Nissan Micra C+C
Nissan Micra C+C
Nissan Micra C+C
Nissan Micra C+C
Nissan Micra C+C
Nissan Micra C+C
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