Nissan Micra Review – India

Nissan Micra Review – India

Value. It is what the Indian consumer is looking for. Whether it is

the world’s cheapest car or the best car in the world, we want the

most bang for our buck, and this is most apparent in our market’s

fast-growing hatchback segment. There are two ways to approach the

concept of ‘value’ – one, to offer a low price. Sure, there will be

compromises on quality, but you essentially get more car for your

money. The other is to provide extra features at the same price as the

competition. Nissan had tried the former with the original India-spec

Micra, but with the imminent launch of budget sub-brand Datsun,

they’re taking the Micra brand to the place it usually occupies in the

markets it is present in: the premium end of the hatchback segment.

 

DESIGN AND STYLING

With substantial exterior updates, the new model of the hatchback

looks completely different from the old one. The front fascia sports

radiator grille with a thick chrome bar, new headlights, fog lights

with chrome surround and modified bumper. The side profile, however,

remains largely similar to the old mode, except for the new alloy

wheels. The rear end gets new LED tail lights, revised bumper with

bold creases and longer tail gate.

 

CABIN

The bulbous theme follow suite on the inside as well. Nissan’s ‘twin

bubble theme’ dashboard in multi-grain plastic looks very modern and

breaks away from the conventional dashboard layouts. The nice roomy

interiors remain and the Micra is definitely one of the most cozy cars

to be in. While we already mentioned about the lack of storage places

in our earlier review Nissan probably read wrong and as a result the

second glovebox has now been omitted. Other than skimping on storage

places, there is not much to fault with and everything feels pretty

well put together.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMACE

Due to tax benefits most manufacturers are tuning into 1.2 ltr

engines and since fuel efficiency is more of a concern to the Indian

buyer, a 3 cylinder engine is the ideal compromise between power and

efficiency. The Nissan Micra is powered by a 1.2 ltr DOHC 3 cylinder petrol

engine which churns out 75 BHP @ 6000 rpm and 104 NM Torque @ 4000

rpm. Low end grunt is not the best but the acceleration is good above

2000 rpm. The Micra gives 18.06 kmpl as per ARAI but practically

speaking we expect the Micra to deliver 14 – 15 kmpl in regular city

driving, which is pretty good. Floor the engine and the Micra hits 120

comfortably, keep it floored and it accelerated towards 140 but then

you back off as the tires don’t give you enough confidence to push

beyond. Thanks to the Renault – Nissan alliance, a diesel engine is

just around the corner and the diesel Micra will be powered by a 1.5

ltr diesel which is currently serving the Logan.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

It covers the low-speed stuff well enough, offering a smooth urban

ride that is unaffected by lumps and bumps like most things in the

class. Its electrically assisted steering is light, as most buyers

will demand, and although it lacks the oily slickness and response of

the better electric racks, it proves accurate enough.

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Raise the speed and you challenge a few of the Micra’s facets. The

first is noise – the Micra isn’t an overly refined car – and the

second is its driving dynamics. We wouldn’t expect the Micra to be any

kind of driver’s car, but there are superminis out there, even

inexpensive ones like the Suzuki Swift and Skoda Fabia, which maintain

a broader level of capability at all speeds than the Micra, whose

primary interest is at the slower end of the scale.

 

SAFETY AND FEATURES

The base model on the Micra has a new steering wheel and even centre

arm-rest. As the demand for automatics is on the rise, this will help

Nissan to capture more buyers especially those who need an automatic

and aren’t willing to spend a lot more on the features. The other

features include push start and stop, keyless entry, in-dash music

system with steering mounted controls. There is even ABS on offer as

well. The company had earlier even introduced dual airbags as a

standard feature for all variants. Now, the base model is offered with

a single driver airbag.

 

CONCLUSSION

There are three variants (trim levels, including one CVT variant) of

the petrol engine, and four variants of the diesel engine to choose

from.

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The facelift has improved the overall appeal of the Micra. Standard

equipment levels including some safety and comfort features will

certainly boost the value proposition too. Hopefully, Nissan will keep

any price increase on the new versions to a minimum. Currently the

prices for the Micra range from Rs. 4.3 lakh to Rs. 6.5 lakh

(ex-showroom, Delhi). The 2014 Micra will be available at Nissan

showrooms by the end of this month.

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