The All-New Nissan Micra Tekna
"Seat adjustments aplenty allow every shape and size to get comfortable behind the wheel, and for the manual version we tested we particularly liked the relatively high positioned gear lever"
So where the hell is it? Having just nabbed the keys from a Nissan press officer to have a drive of the all-new Micra, I suddenly realised that I’d just walked straight past it. But it wasn’t down to my singular absentmindedness, but more so that the new car looks so refreshingly different. It’s goodbye to the rounded blandness of its old lines, and hello to the new ‘get this’ styling.
Measuring 1,743 mm in width and 3,999 mm in length, the new Micra just about qualifies as a city car, and its spacious airy cabin will appeal to faithful Micra buyers; especially if it’s just for two, as rear seat legroom is rather cramped if a six footer tries to sit behind a six footer – any less in height of either occupant makes things easier.
One for all
Whilst practicality and economy remains an enduring Micra feature, the new car offers what the old one doesn’t: style. The much-improved styling alone will make this new car a stronger seller, thus proving a contender to competitors it wouldn’t have otherwise attracted (such as buyers of the sporty looking Suzuki Swift). Not surprisingly, though, overall build quality and finish falls short of German rivals.
Good looks, an airy cabin, lots of standard equipment, and acceptable boot space make for a continuing winning Micra formula. It’s yours for an entry level price of £17,870. That’s not cheap, but then you have to balance the price factor against excellent whole life cost and generous standard equipment. Just over 61 mpg, and a mere 104 gm/k of CO2, keeps fuel and taxation costs down.
What’s more, standard equipment includes a 7-inch touchscreen navigation and entertainment system, a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, a USB port with iPod connection, Bluetooth, an auxiliary socket for an MP3 player, and much more. It does away with price hiking options and gives you a standard fully equipped car. The only ‘extra’ on our test car was the satellite based Vision+ Pack, giving you an all-round aerial view for parking, with moving object detection and intelligent blind spot intervention – an increasingly popular and highly recommended safety option for many new cars these days; it justifies the extra £550.
Seat adjustments aplenty allow every shape and size to get comfortable behind the wheel, and for the manual version we tested we particularly liked the relatively high positioned gear lever (making gear changing a pleasure).
All for one?
Once it gets going, the highly impressive little 3 cylinder 1.0 litre engine picks up and accelerates remarkably for its size, and will prove a pleasure to punt around country roads. At very low speeds it has no oomph whatsoever, and in town performs the opposite to a nippy car. Simply put, if you’re looking for a nippy town car, look elsewhere. This one’s all about progressive pick-up that gets positively sporting when the turbos kick in. It’s a form of engine behaviour you either like or you don’t, but either way the technology must be applauded.
So too must the car. Nissan understand this segment well and sell cars as a result. The new Micra is totally ‘fit for purpose’, adding much needed visual energy to its previous virtues.
Engine: 0.9 IG-T 90
CO2 Emissions: 104 g/km
Top Speed: 109 mph
0-62 mph: 12.1 seconds
Average fuel economy: 61.4 mpg
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