15th August 2017
The Micra for most is recognised as a car for the older generation and the ease of drive. However now in 2017 Nissan have really raise the bar. So, does the release of the recent 2017 model top them all? We think so!
For many people, the driving life starts in smaller cars, with the Micra being one of the popular choices for the last three decades. Having received a demo Micra 1.5l diesel Tekna from Nissan, we took to the road to really push its limits.
Out with the old, in with the new! Nissan have completely transformed the look and feel of the Micra. Challenging the small car standards in comfort, design, technology and performance. With its carefully sculptured lines and sporty body, a bold move by Nissan - giving the new look, function and attitude.
- Stylish front grill
- LED daytime running lights
- 17” two-toned alloy wheels
- Roof spoiler
- Large range of colours
With over 100 different configurations no Micra will ever be the same.
Nissan’s attention to detail and spacious interior sets a futuristic atmosphere. Designed to maximise your comfort with anti-fatigue heated seats, LED ambient lighting and high quality soft-touch materials which can be customised to a colour of your choice.
Capacity wise the Micra surprised us all with 4 cup holders in the front and a glove box compartment that perfectly fits a tablet. The additional smaller storage spaces are great for personal items; keys, phone, glasses and wallet. Accommodating a 300l standard boot capacity and a 1004l capacity when rear seats are folded facilitates bulky items.
Let’s start with the 7” multi-touch display which allows access to your iPhone through Apple Carplay and access to all music platforms, messages and maps – all with your eyes glued to the road.
Nissan have also partnered up with Bose Speakers to offer a thrilling experience. The Micra has 6 speakers compact and smartly engineered into the car, 1 built into each of the doors and 2 built into the driver’s headrest to give that surround sound feeling when driving.
To eliminate distractions and encourage focusing on the road, Nissan have designed an advanced drive-assist display which offers all the information possibly needed when driving;
- Turn by turn directions
- Driving aids – emergency breaking, lane intervention, blind spot warnings, assisted parking, hill start assist, traffic sign recognition, high beam assist
- Caller ID
- Bluetooth audio
- Driving information
Each of these features enhance the appeal to the younger audience Nissan are targeting.
Now our test car is not going to win any drag races but it is not meant to. There is a slight delay in the turbo kicking in when you put your foot down, but with only 88bhp it is expected. However, the handling of the car is incredible, with a light clutch, fantastic turning circle, light steering and it is great at cornering in dry conditions. What tops this car the most is the fuel economy, a huge 80mpg and 721 miles per tank – now that is impressive. How about a Nismo version Nissan?
Overall, we feel Nissan has really upped their game and transformed the Micra from what used to be a car for the older generation into a car that would appeal to first time drivers and the younger generation.