Nissan Micra review |

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Nissan Micra


Jeffrey Fisher says the three-pot unit is quiet and around town. Photo

Mark Hinchliffe and Craig road test and review the new Micra.

THREE-cylinder cars be the way of the future. That’s Nissan’s with the introduction of a 1.2-litre model to the expanded new Micra range.

Nissan corporate manager Jeffrey Fisher there will be no problem the concept of a three-cylinder car.

We see it as an issue. Quite the opposite in he says. We’re getting the of power from a three as we getting from a four a few years ago. It’s the way of the

Fisher says it will be a to Suzuki’s three-cylinder Alto, but out the Alto is a smaller four-seater, the Micra is a five-seater. The new Thai-made is also larger than being longer, wider, and lighter.

Fisher says the three-cylinder will contribute substantially to quadrupling monthly sales to 1500 or 18,000 in a full

Micra is a key product for us, he says.

The Micra only comes in one five-door, four-speed auto, four-cylinder engine hatchback for with a city edition extra features for $17,990.

The new comes with a choice of two two transmissions and three trim It starts with the ST 1.2-litre, five-speed manual at $12,990, a compared with the Suzuki GLX at $14,490. There are also two four-cylinder models.

The ST-L is at $14,990 and the Ti $16,990.

All three come standard with connectivity, on-board computer a gimmicky anniversary reminder, remote entry and tilt-adjustable You can also get a four-speed auto in model for an extra $2000. The Ti smart key, push start/stop, climate control reversing sensors, 15-inch wheels and front fog lights.

More choice will sales, Fisher says. the previous model we had a dusty colour called London and unabashedly went after the female market. But we saw was a trend that will be even now that we’ll get more and interest from single blokes and all sorts of other age including retirees.

This appeal across a broader and age group.

The story here is the engine which is the first to get a five-star rating in the Green Guide. Nissan claims the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol achieves 5.9-litres per 100km and 138g/km of CO2 in manual (6.5l/100km and auto). This compares the Alto’s 50kW 1-litre which sips just 4.8

However, the Alto is fairly and coarse, while Fisher the Micra’s three-pot unit is and smooth around town. if you get it out on the highway the noise levels he says.

The manual 75kW 1.5-litre, petrol model has economy of 6.5l/100km and CO2 of 153g/km (6.6l/100km, auto). It hardly features as but women will love the storage area in the front seat squab which can be forward, providing a secure to store a handbag.

It’s and the wheels have been further toward the corners, this look more a skateboard than a car. Its has also been smoothed out for a aerodynamic look that reduces its drag rating to

Despite the designers fiddling the edges, it is still immediately as a Micra with its high-mounted headlights and rounded roofline. It a fine line between cute and comical.

Every new now features electronic stability and there are cars on the road ABS or six airbags. The new Micra adds brake force distribution and assist. While it hasn’t crash tested yet, the Micra only rates a ANCAP crash rating with the Suzuki’s four

The Micra faces a big ask – the spread of $12,990 to $18,990 has it against the likes of the Suzuki in the sub-light class right up to the and Ford Fiesta in the light car It isn’t as refined as the Mazda and inside or out, but is clearly of the Suzuki on looks and appointments.

The version’s love it or hate it have been toned for this model – and may work against the little Existing owners are passionate their car, but the new look has diluted – probably by the tunnel. It still has the bug-eyed but so does the Alto and the styling turn heads, for better or like the Noddy car did.

inside and there’s a reassuring of solidity to the car. The rotary on the centre console are easy to use and the build quality is right up The seats are nothing special, but were no complaints from passengers on a 70km test

The rear seats will three small teens, but a sadist will load up adults for extended runs.

The ST-L mid-range model by Carsguide packs the 1.5-litre 15-inch steel rims, headlights and power windows aren’t found on the base

The engine is a perfect match for the powerplant on paper. In the rear it’s a willing performer the rev range and at typical freeway is quiet and responsive enough to overtaking.

Urgent driving evoke some engine and has the four-speed auto working in tighter turns as it tries to cogs with engine but the Micra isn’t aimed at day specialists.

Nissan is rightly proud of the suspension. It’s firmer many rivals in this but handles corrugations and speed with minimal fuss. If do go pear-shaped, there’s standard control and ABS with brakeforce to get you back on track.

It’s a performer in most areas, but challenge the Mazda2 for dynamics or the for finesse.


Prices . ST $12,990 (man), $14,990 ST-L 1.5L $14,990 $16,990 (auto); Ti 1.5L

Engines . 1.2 litre, 3-cylinder; 1.5 4 cylinder

Power . 56kW 75kW (1.5L)

Torque . (1.2L); 136Nm (1.5L)

. 5-speed manual, 4-speed

Dimensions (mm): 3780 1665 (w), 1525 2435 (wheelbase), 116 (clearance)

CO2 138 (1.2L man), 154 (1.2L 153 (1.5L man), 156 (1.5L

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