Nissan Micra Performance & Test Drive

Nissan Micra Overview

The Micra, currently in its fourth-generation, has been popular worldwide as a reliable, maneuverable and efficient hatchback. In fact, Nissan exports the Micra from India to several global markets. While it doesn’t sell as well as most of its rivals, the car is a decent urban hatchback and makes for an easy to own city-runabout. Here’s a look at what the Nissan Micra has to offer: Book a test drive for Micra in Tryaldrive

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Nissan Micra Exteriors

The Nissan Micra CVT now comes in the mid-variant that is XL. While the standard variant gets a few mechanical and visual changes, it is the limited edition X-Shift variant which gets a lot of visual changes. One look at the limited edition and one can easily spot a lot of changes. The Micra X-Shift sports a matte black wrap on the roof which adds to the looks along with two matte black stripes on either sides of the car. The X-Shift sticker sits on the front left side door and looks like a clear afterthought. The front end of the car remains exactly the same and gets no changes while the rear end gets a chrome exhaust finisher as a part of the X-Shift package. The top-end XV X-Shift variant gets reverse parking sensors in addition to the other features. These subtle updates add a bit of character to the Nissan Micra and contrast well with most body colours.

Nissan Micra Interiors

Coming to the interiors, it gets its fair share of changes too. The Nissan Micra Limited Edition gets the same steering wheel seen in its elder sibling Sunny and both the CVT variants get steering-mounted audio controls which adds to the convenience factor. The new steering feels good in the hands and is chunky. Shift the focus a bit towards the left and you would wonder what has changed. The XL CVT variant gets the Bluetooth enabled music system seen in the XV variant and the XL Comfort variant currently. The USB and the AUX port is located right above the glovebox and there’s a storage space next to it to store the mobile or the iPod without them being exposed to the sun. Thoughtful! Handrests on all four doors get a silver finish as a part of the X-Shift package which contrasts well with the greige interior scheme. An armrest has been added for the driver in the XL CVT variant too considering the left hand stays idle most of the time. Chrome door handles also add a touch of premiumness. That said, the plastic quality of the interiors remains the same and it isn’t really up to the mark.

Nissan Micra Gearbox

The main change lies under the hood and that comes in the form of an all new CVT gearbox which Nissan likes to call the fourth generation CVT gearbox. The company has worked on the gremlins of the old gearbox and have been successful in removing most of those. While the older CVT gearbox was great for pottering around town, it fared poorly on the open roads where it took its own sweet time to respond to throttle inputs. However, in this improved avatar, the gearbox is eager to respond to throttle inputs and does get the car moving fast if you pin the accelerator down to the floor. The typical rubber band effect associated with all CVT gearboxes is present in this one too but, it is much lesser than the old version and most customers wouldn’t find it odd. Those who like to drive enthusiastically would be a little disappointed though because on full throttle inputs, the RPM needle rises to 5500 RPM and it stays there. The sound, rather noise of the engine stays the same since there are technically no gears to go through. The engine note although decent for a motor of this size, would make one feel awkward due to constant presence at higher revs. The claimed mileage is an impressive 19.74 km/l and one will easily get around 12 km/l in the real world.

Nissan Micra Driving

What seriously impressed us was the way the Nissan Micra performed on the track. Getting into the driver’s seat, we had our preconceived notions that with puny tyres and comfort oriented suspension, the car would be all around the place on the track. But, we were in for a surprise. Taking corners at relatively high speeds felt effortless and the MRF tyres weren’t complaining. Straight line stability at triple digit speeds has always been good in the Micra and it is no different in this variant either. The steering too felt decently weighted at higher speeds but quick direction changes were a bit difficult because it wouldn’t give you enough confidence and feedback. The XL CVT also gets the Sport mode but it doesn’t really make a big difference. An excellent addition to the new variant is ABS which makes braking much better and safer. Driver airbag is standard on all variants of the hatchback with the top-end petrol variant getting a passenger-side one too.

Nissan Micra Cost in New Delhi

Nissan Micra Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 5,97,057/- (Micra XL CVT) to 7,34,968/- (Micra DCI XL Comfort). Get best offers for Nissan Micra from Nissan Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Micra price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Nissan Micra Conclusion

The Nissan Micra gets a CVT automatic as standard with the petrol engine and that makes it one of the more affordable cars in India to offer this technology. The MY2018 Micra packs new features like a 6.2-inch touchscreen AVN system, rear parking sensors and camera that make the package contemporary However, the Micra facelift has been around for the last 5 years and now it doesn’t appear as fresh as some of its counterparts.

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