With the Micra, Nissan joins Lexus in claiming that the world doesn't need a diesel to be clean. You can choose between two direct-injected thee-cylinder engines, an 80 hp naturally-aspirated one, and its supercharged version, marketed as the DIG-S, which delivers 98 hp.
We drove the entry-level one, with the three-pot being matted to a continuously variable transmission.
Showing the displacement of a four-cylinder unit, the mill delivers on Nissan's promise of offering a refined experience... for a three-pot. Neither at idle, nor throughout the rev range, do you feel excessive vibrations.
The unit pulls decent throughout the rev range, but the CVT limits all hope of swift longitudinal moves. However, once the car gets going, you don't feel underpowered. In other words, you'll be able to cruise at any speed you line, but you'll have to forget about exploiting gaps in the traffic.
The Micra also keeps the promise of being an efficient means of transportation, returning an urban cycle efficiency of 8 something liters per 100 km (28 US mpg).
However, if you don't play this instrument as it was meant to be played and you're really in a rush, you'll climb up to 12 lites per 100 km (19.6 US mpg).
The rest of the car falls withing the segment average, using an electrically (a bit over-)assisted power steering and a suspension setup that includes a front McPherson assembly and a rear torsion beam, albeit tweaked to be a tad to firm for what a city car should offer.Continue reading
NISSAN Micra technical data summary
Engine: L3 cc 1198 cm3 Petrol
Dimensions: 148.8 in (3780 mm) length / 65.5 in (1664 mm) width / 60.2 in (1529 mm) height
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