Nissan Micra Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Nissan Micra Overview

Nissan Micra 2018 is primarily an updated version of the hatchback, which gets additional comfort and safety features. There are no changes to the exterior and interior styling. It also retains the same mechanical set-up, which means that it continues featuring the same petrol as well as diesel engines. Transmission choices have also been retained. The Nissan Micra variants include XL and XV trims in manual and CVT options. With the addition of new features, the Nissan Micra price in India receives a slight bump. Book a test drive for Nissan Micra in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

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Nissan Micra Exterior & Look

The Nissan Micra was a cute-looking hatchback, and now it gets a more aggressive stance, as the new front of the vehicle resembles somewhat the Nissan Juke. We say so, either because it does look similar or the Juke-R is one of our favourites. The front grille gets the V-shaped chrome front grille with new headlamp design, like that of the 370Z. The honeycomb grille and the headlamp design melds well with the redesigned crown hood with prominent strakes. Even the front bumper has been reshaped and so are the fog lamps, which are now triangular in shape.

The silhouette of the Micra remains untouched, however a new design for the alloys has been incorporated. The boomerang has been retained on the roof. The rear too is the same, however it now gets a new set of tail lamps with LED cluster, than the conventional bulb. The changes are minimal and are effective, making the Micra distinguish from its previous styling.

Nissan Micra Interior & Space

Again, the changes on the inside are subtle but noticeable. The centre console has been revamped and it now it’s a piano black finish— which is glossy— and has rectangular air-con vents than the circular. The music system has been changed, and this one gets USB and even Bluetooth connectivity. Reverse parking camera and steering mounted audio controls are other new features.The material of the seats has been changed too and the same material is used on the door pad. Everything else remains untouched. The instrument cluster, the gear knob, the power window switches and even the design of the steering wheel.

The range topping Micra, which is the XV Premium is available only in diesel version and it gets i-Key (keyless entry and push start and stop), electrically folding mirrors, steering mounted audio controls, alloy wheels, ABS, rear parking camera and even Bluetooth connectivity. The Micra is still a feature-rich product and good value for money too.

Nissan Micra Engine & Gearbox

Nissan is offering the Micra with two engine options, first being the HR12DE petrol that is the 75bhp, 1.2-litre three-cylinder mill and the second is the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine. The petrol now comes with a five-speed manual transmission and the second option is the CVT. For Nissan Micra check ieso2013.in  

We had always loved the petrol engine of the Micra as it was highly refined, and even the power delivery is linear. It never felt like a three-pot mill ever and has been amazing when it comes to the driving characteristics of the vehicle. This petrol engine now comes with a CVT box option that makes it effortless for those who drive within in the city. This is the same XTronic technology that we had witnessed in the Sunny too. With no gears, the shifts are smooth. However, the lag is felt when you floor the throttle. The general characteristic of the CVT box is to rev close to the redline when given the beans. The mileage for the Micra CVT hasn’t been released officially by ARAI, but Nissan is confident of the figure being above 19, exceeding the fuel efficiency of the manual transmission under the ARAI test cycle.

The diesel engine on the Micra is the same K9K that churns about 64bhp of power. This diesel is loud on the outside, however the insulation on the inside makes it quiet, as no engine sound intrudes into the cabin. The power delivery is linear like any petrol car and there is no sign of any turbo lag. This engine doesn’t have outright performance, but are brilliant drivability. Lug it into a higher cog, and it will potter around in city traffic and overtake with ease. The engine shows no sign of struggle at low crank speed. Only drawback in this powertrain is the gear box. The shifts on this box are a tad rubbery.

Nissan Micra Driving Dynamics

The steering is light and easy to use, especially in the cut and thrust of Mumbai’s unruly traffic. At the same time, it’s quite accurate, making the Micra a good handler. The decent dynamics are also evident in how willing the car is to being chucked around corners. Yes, the suspension is soft and this leads to a bit of body roll, but nothing that will take away from the driver’s confidence. Also, the soft suspension setup allows the Nissan to manoeuvre broken roads efficiently and quietly. Aside from its good urban manners, the Micra does pretty well on the highway too, owing in part to the strong responses from the petrol motor as you pile on the revs, and in part to the good straightline stability. What takes away from the otherwise decent driving experience are the weedy tyres. They don’t afford much grip and will prevent you from being adventurous in this car.

Nissan Micra Braking & Safety

The new Nissan Micra features ventilated disc brakes at the front and drum units at the back. Safety features on the Nissan Micra 2018 include standard dual frontal airbags, driver’s seat belt warning indicator, standard rear parking sensors and speed warning. In terms of features, even this middle-trim car is well specced. There are useful features like keyless go, which is extremely handy when you need to get in, but have your hands full. The Bluetooth audio system works well, but there aren’t any steering-mounted controls. Of note is that on this mid-level car, the horn extends to the sides of the wheel and this allows for seamless driving (this feature isn’t available on higher trims).

Nissan Micra Cost in Chennai

Nissan Micra On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 7,06,248 to 15,97,363 for variants Micra XL CVT and Micra DCI XL Comfort respectively. Nissan Micra is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Nissan Micra variants price in Chennai. Checkfor Micra Price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Nissan Micra Verdict

The tweaks to 2018 Nissan Micra are strictly restricted to features update. While the dual airbags are now standard across the range, the ABS and EBD are missing in the base trim. Overall, it is now a better package than before.Micra gets some prominent changes and upgrades too. The added bells and whistles are now becoming the must-have features in sedan and we believe these features will soon trickle down into the hatchback segment. We expect a minor hike in the price with these new added brownies and the CVT will be about Rs 50,000 more than the Micra petrol manual.

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