ON TEST WITH
Nissan Micra Tekna
Price (as tested): £20,005
First off, I will happily admit I’m not a Nissan fan.
Yes, they make some good cars but they are not really for me but recently, I had the pleasure of testing the new Micra and was pleasantly surprised just how good it was.
I think I may have seen the light.
Power and Efficiency: My test vehicle was fitted with a 1461cc diesel engine with 90PS @ 5000rpm, 220Nm of torque and a fantastic short shift five-speed gearbox that gives you a good feel between gear changes. You will get a healthy 0-62 time of around 11.9sec and an impressive 61.4mpg (combined) which I managed very easily.
The engine is also happy to be driven hard to get the best out of it. But, I do have one niggle in that it sounded a little noisy but then it’s a diesel so I can forgive that.
On the road: I can feel where Nissan has made some major changes to the older Micra model because everything feels so much more together which all helps in giving confidence into the bends and a great ride on uneven surfaces. Even on the motorway, all was good and the road noise was minimal.
Design and Technology: As with all Nissans, the interior is a good standard but, I feel Nissan could have made it feel a little less cheap. Of course, it will last for years and the seating is rather good – even after a long journey. Plus, all the dials and switches are laid out very well and are clear and precise.
Some of the standard equipment across the range includes ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, driver and passenger side and curtain airbags, front and rear seatbelt warning lights, speed limiter, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, intelligent trace control, intelligent ride control, ISOFIX child seat anchorage points, Hill Start Assist, intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, high-beam assist, lane departure warning, intelligent lane intervention, automatic hazard lights, halogen headlights with signature finisher, concealed rear door handles, LED signature Daytime Running Lights, rear roof spoiler and door mirrors with turn indicator.
And it doesn’t stop there. As my test car was the Tekna version, you also get additional features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, absolute black cloth trim with grey inserts, leather-wrapped gear knob with silver decoration, leather-wrapped handbrake, synthetic leather inserts on front door pad and dashboard, BOSE® PERSONAL Audio Pack with four BOSE® speakers in the front doors and A-pillars, two driver headrest speakers and soundstage control, rear view camera and rear parking sensors
To sum up: What can I say. The little Micra is the perfect city car that everyone should experience.
I would recommend you go find one and immediately drive it around some of our capital cities to get the full feel of what I see as the perfect little city car.