Point your finger at the Micra for not generating any emotions and the car will reply that it's not supposed to, as it's only purpose is to take you from A to B in a very efficient way, mostly inside the city. So, does it? Let's see.
Nissan brags that the Micra has the smallest turning radius in its class and you can really feel this. Since we're here, we'll also tell you that the electrically-assisted steering is great for moving around in busy traffic - this is a car that doesn't want and need driver involvement and, as long as you keep it on urban roads, this is not an issue.
However, the vehicle seems to be a bit confused, as it comes with a rather firm ride (not an unusual thing in its class) that seems to favor handling, not comfort. We know that it needs a firm ride in order to be able to offer swift lateral response - much needed during swift maneuvers, but a softer setting would've been preferable.
We tested the slowest version of the Micra, but, even though we relied on a combination of 80 hp and a continuously variable transmission, the sub-one-ton weight of the car meant that we could easily move around and never felt that we were left behind by the traffic.
The CVT also brings comfort point inside the city, so we could see a reason for going down this road.
As for the efficiency part, Nissan claims that this version of the Micra is 6.7 liters per 100 km (35 US mpg) thirsty and the real world average city figure we got was around 8 something liters per 100 km (28 US mpg). Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Yo! Is this a Micra? For real? OK, I'll trust you, but it sure doesn't look like one/ I like my cars with a big soul, even if that means a diesel rattle that gets under you skin as you're revving the engine into reverse and this car ain't got any.
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