The brand new Nissan Micra is here, a new stylish hatchback that packs plenty of new tech and a stylish new look. Here's everything you need to know about the NEW Nissan Micra.
The all-new Nissan Micra is a MASSIVE improvement over previous versions. Nissan has transformed a frumpy looking bubble car into a stylish hatchback. It takes on Nissan's latest design language with the Nissan emblem being quite the centerpiece on the front of the car and headlights that reach back further into the front quarter, giving the new Micra a more streamline and modern look.
With that being said, has Nissan done enough with the Micra to be able to compete with rival cars in its class?
Here's everything you need to know about the new Nissan Micra.
The new Nissan Micra starts from £12,295 for the entry level Visia model with the range topping model - Micra Tekna - holding a price tag of around £17,735. Whilst it costs quite a bit more than the previous Micra, it has a lot more to offer in terms of technology, safety, quality and design.
If you like a bit of technology in your car and a bit of a better look then it's probably better off going for the mid range Acenta model. The mid-range Acenta model gives you a 7" touchscreen with Nissan Connect and allows Smartphone App integration with Apple CarPlay.
Overall you get a decent bit of specification on the new Micra, given that you avoid the two entry level models. You can find out more about that you get on each trim level below.
Luckily the new Micra gets Nissan's latest design language, inside and out. The outgoing Micra was a frumpy looking bubble, but it served its purpose. NOW the new Micra gets a redesigned exterior, making it more visually appealing with a completely new shape.
As said above, if you like your car to have a bit of style then it's probably best to avoid the two entry-level models and go for the Acenta trim or above. The Acenta trades the 15" steel wheels for some rather appealing 16" alloys, body coloured door handles and mirrors with turn indicator and a rear roof spoiler. Although very minor styling it gives the car a whole new look.
If you go above the Acenta and go for an N-Connecta or Tekna you get electric folding heated door mirrors with LED turn signals, LED daytime running lights and rear privacy glass.
The new Micra's interior is where things start to get a bit more interesting. The overhauled interior is very stylish and up-to-date with loads of premium feeling materials used throughout. Again, if you want to feel the full benefits of Nissan's update then avoid the entry level models.
The interior on the new Nissan Micra is quite an improvement over the outgoing model and rival vehicles. The buttons and dials on the interior are good quality and well laid out. One thing that is worth pointing out is that there is an optional faux-leather dashboard trim that can be added as an optional extra, these come in red, blue or orange. Whilst this is a very minor upgrade it looks and feels so much better than the standard plastic.
The entry-level Visia and Visia+ models come with a two-speaker stereo and no touchscreen infotainment system. Although the entry-level models don't get all of the extras you get on higher specification cars in the range, you do get USB and Bluetooth connection
Acenta models and above come equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system which sits nicely in the dashboard. SAT-NAV is available on N-Connecta models and above but the Acenta seems to be the happy medium in the range, whilst you don't get SAT-NAV on the Acenta you do get Apple CarPlay so you can mirror your phone onto the infotainment screen.
The range topping Tekna model adds real-leather trims, upgraded Bose stereo and seat covers.
Overall the new Nissan Micra offers quite a generous amount of specification. Usually a car in this class would have a cheaper interior but the high-quality materials used throughout really make the car stand out. Whilst the infotainment screen is great it would've been nice to see some updated graphics and interface from Nissan.
The new Nissan Micra scored the full five-stars in the Euro NCAP safety test. For adult occupants the Micra scored 91%, for children it scored 79%, for pedestrian safety 68% and for safety assistance 49%. In recent years Euro NCAP has made its criteria more strict towards crash-avoidance technology, this is because it reduces the likelihood of a crash happening in the first place.
Lane-keeping assistance is used on the Micra which helps steer you back into your lane and autonomous emergency braking also features with pedestrian detection which brings the car to a safe stop if it detects a potential collision with an object or pedestrian.
For other countries where this high level of safety kit isn't fitted as standard Euro NCAP has reduced the Micra's safety score to four stars.
Whilst Nissan has done well with bringing the Micra into the current year with the exterior redesign and the reformed interior, they seem to have lacked a bit in the engine department.
Three engines are on offer from launch, these are a 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol engine offering 89bhp, a 1.0-litre petrol engine offering 72bhp and a 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine offering 89bhp.
Nissan hasn't offered the biggest range of engines on the new Nissan Micra but the engines that are offered are fit for purpose.
Overall the new Nissan Micra is a great car that offers modern exterior styling and an interior that brings a lot of technology for the right price. Whilst room in the back is pretty limited and rear doors may be a struggle for taller passengers to get in and out of, on the whole the new Micra is certainly one to consider when looking for a hatchback that won't break the bank.
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