Nissan Micra DIG-S

18 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Nissan Micra DIG-S

Nissan Micra


Micra DIG-S

Model/Engine 1.2 DIG-S VISIA


Fuel economy combined: mpg

Green-Car-Guide rating: 6/10

The new Micra 1.2 DIG-S is supercharged, sounds very performance-focused, but it’s all about economy, and the is 68.9 mpg and 95 g/km CO2 . which is for a petrol supermini.

Normally have to go for a diesel engine to get sort of economy and emissions However diesel engines superminis heavy, so taking much of the agility that a car in class should exhibit, and It’s unlikely that an supermini owner would drive sufficient mileage to a diesel purchase worthwhile.

also emit higher of emissions that impact on air quality.

So Nissan has taken a three-cylinder petrol engine, a supercharger – which pushes air through the engine – and put it in the new The new DIG-S (Direct Injection – Supercharged) unit is a technical de force, which, apart the obvious supercharger feature, uses specially-shaped pistons, exhaust gas recirculation and a higher ratio to deliver exceptional consumption and a healthy 97 bhp.

As is now the norm in eco models, the Micra gets an intelligent alternator which restricts battery to when the engine is not required for such as under braking and engine stop/start. To avoid the sapping economy, under load the engine switches to the efficient Miller Cycle and the supercharger, before switching to the conventional Otto cycle at rpm.

This means the supercharger is ‘switched off’ driving at low speeds, so the DIG-S lacks the immediate torque you would expect at low rpm with a but it maximises efficiency. The engine has 30 per cent lower friction compared with a four-cylinder

The only other petrol that can compete with low levels of emissions is the Fiat 500 TwinAir unit, which emits 95 g/km with transmission.

So how does it drive? We it’s economical, but with 97 it also has performance that’s than you’d imagine a three-cylinder unit. The engine is more refined than you expect, but this is slightly let by the gearchange of the five-speed manual which didn’t feel smooth.

In terms of its handling, the car feels agile, and the ride feels acceptable for urban use. The is as light and easy as you’d However engine aside, the new Micra is not setting any new benchmarks for a fun experience.

So the engine in the Micra is a genuinely impressive technical But what about the rest of the Does it match the innovation of the In a word, no. While the engine real sense for the UK and our emissions-based the rest of the car is designed for global – with a particular eye on the East than the West.

This is why the styling is not as characterful as the last Or, to put it another way, the car looks forgettable.

However it’s in the where the lack of focus on the UK is really apparent. There’s design flair, but worse this, the quality of the grey feels very cheap. We that the quality of interior is something that motoring can often get a little over-excited Our prime concern is for a car that is to drive, but that is also as as possible.

However you can’t escape the fact that the Micra has of competitors with interiors are well designed, high and provide a special ambience. the Micra has an engine that is to appeal to the more thoughtful car the interior won’t.

However all needs to be looked at in relation to the of the Micra, and at £11,150 for the DIG-S it provides an efficient car for a relatively low It’s also exempt the London Congestion Charge, as as from road tax.

It be noted that there are trim levels of the Micra and the specification that you choose has an on the economy and emissions figures. the entry-level Visia version 95 g/km, this rises to 99 for the better-equipped Acenta and Tekna – when the fuel consumption drops from 68.9 mpg to mpg on the combined cycle.

You’ll to go for the Tekna grade to get Nissan as standard, which is an entertainment and package incorporating touch satellite navigation via a five colour screen, Bluetooth for phone connectivity and audio from a suitable device, and USB slots.

The Tekna version also has a Slot Measurement (PSM) which helps a driver whether a parking space is big for the car.

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You can also specify CVT but the emissions climb to 115 g/km. is in contrast to some other where CVT transmissions can help to the emissions.

Nissan is making excellent products, and the engine of the DIG-S falls into category. However you can’t from the fact that the as a whole has been designed markets other than the UK in Therefore it gets a Green-Car-Guide of 6 out of 10.

If there was more design inside and out, it would higher. We’re sure the will succeed in terms of the global sales brief, but are just too many other that offer a more purchase in the UK market.

Nissan the Nissan GT-R, and our ideas for future product range…

We’d just like to some final thoughts. was showing the Micra DIG-S as of the ‘Charged’ tour. This included the supercharged Micra; the which is charged from the turbocharged petrol Juke; and the Nissan GT-R.

Yes, vehicles are connected by the charging but what a disparate array of The LEAF is a very futuristic electric vehicle, which is an car. The Juke is a small crossover, with radical which we think is a great car to and to look at. There’s the Micra, we’ve concluded has a significant but the overall design isn’t geared towards the UK market.

there’s the GT-R. Acknowleged as an weapon to shame supercars more than twice the the GT-R is simply a phenomenal With incredible acceleration, drive, and lots of other to ensure theat you can use the performance, always thought it also great in a stealth fighter of way.

Although all the above have their own strong they appear to be very especially compared to the unified style of products from the of Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

So… as a footnote we thought we’d Nissan our ideas on how to optimise its products…

• Offer the LEAF the Micra’s supercharged engine as a so Jeremy Clarkson can’t to run out of electricity after 100 miles.

• the Micra look as radical as the inside and outside, for the UK market.

• the four-wheel drive JUKE low-emission engine options than just the high-end engine that the 4WD version is available with now.

• The – give it the hybrid powerplant the Inifiniti M35h and make the car the M35h currently emits 162 CO2 and manages 40.4 mpg, so the same powerplant the GT-R be able to manage sub-150 emissions and 50 mpg+. And don’t unlike hybrids with a CVT the Infiniti hybrid drive is very direct. Keep else about the GT-R the and then we may be able to justify one!

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