Nissan always tried to experiment with the Micra: the first generation received a turbo-supercharged engine that offered it a 7.7 seconds 0 to 62 mph sprint, the second one came with a cabrio version and the third one had a design that turned heads and a Coupe-cabrio version. Well, this is not the case with the latest incarnation of the Micra.
Nissan is now using an all-mature approach and starts any Micra-related conversation by telling us that the vehicle now appeals to both sexes and all its want to do is be the most efficient car in its class. The Micra has always seeked efficiency, but now this is its only way.
And the Micra does indeed show this asset. It doesn't like to burn to much fuel, not even in the CVT version we tested, and its class-leading turning radius can really be helpful.
However, in this transformation process, the vehicle has lost every part that was there to trigger an emotion. The Micra is now just about transportation.
Neither the exterior, nor the interior, make any effort to make you want to come back. It's hard to see why you'd choose it over its competition, when it's good but doesn't impress in any way.
And the pricing doesn't help either. If you chose the entry-level Visia trim level with a manual, which means that you'll still get many of the features we had on our test car, things sit at EUR11,500 ($15, 860 at the current exchange rates), which is OK. But if you want the CVT, which really proves useful inside the city, or more goodies, things can climb up to EUR14,000 ($19,380), which really tears the Micra's business case apart. Nissan is aware of this and has come up with certain discounts, but these are only available on some markets.
The Micra is a fair car that doesn't try to be anything else than an efficient and reliable way of getting from A to B, inside the city. If this fits your car-buying profile,you can consider it, but you'll have to stick to the entry-level versions, in order to get a decent price.Continue reading